EJ Walls hosts Youth Speaks’ annual “Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” spoken word show at the Nourse on MLK Day. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 20-22: Volver, Juanita Tamayo Lott, Black and Brown Comix Festival, In The Name of Love, Carmen Cusack, King and Faith Forum, Avedis Chamber Series, Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jacob Banks, Tuesday Bluesday


Volver: San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company, led by Kerensa DeMars, returns to Moorish roots of flamenco in the performance, featuring renowned string players Amir-John Haddad and Ali Paris, Syrian percussionist Faisal Zedan and gypsy flamenco singer José Cortés accompanying original choreography. [7 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Golden Children-Legacy of Ethnic Studies
: The Filipino American Center of the S.F. Public Library presents Juanita Tamayo Lott speaking about her memoir, which details how the first and only College of Ethnic Studies in the U.S. was established at San Francisco State College after a strike in 1968. [1 to 3 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival: Rebecca Roanhorse, a Nebula and Hugo Award-winning fiction writer, and Daniel José Older, author the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series and the young adult novel “Shadowshaper,” are among those appearing at the fifth annual multi-day fair. [1 to 4 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: Phelicia Jones, San Francisco Sheriff’s Department staffer, speaks about what’s being done in the wake of protests by African Americans and other minorities employed by The City demanding an end to workplace racism, bullying and discrimination. [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

In The Name of Love: The 17th annual musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a benefit for the music education program Living Jazz Children’s Project, features Jeanie Tracy, Kev Choice, Ms. Faye Carol, Terrie Odabi and Alvon Johnson. [7 p.m., Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland]

Carmen Cusack: Bay Area Cabaret presents the performer of “Bright Star,” “Wicked” and “Sunday in the Park with George” fame singing songs from her musical theater career as well as original music, joined by folk singer-songwriter Susan Werner. [5 p.m., Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

The King and Faith Forum: Theologians Clayborne Carson and the Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White lead a panel discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. [4:15 p.m., Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Alan Hirsch: The constitutional scholar speaks about his book “Impeaching the President: Past, Present, and Future” in an appearance in Grace Cathedral’s Forum series. [9:30 a.m., 1100 California St., S.F.]

Avedis Chamber Music Series: Pianist Robin Sutherland and soprano Désirée Goyette join the Stanford Woodwind Quintet to open the 2019 season, playing music by Ferenc Farkas, Joseph Jongen and Josef Rheinberger. [2 p.m., Legion of Honor. Lincoln Park, 34th Ave., S.F.]

West Edge Opera Snapshot: The contemporary classical company and new music group Earplay present vocalists Marnie Breckenridge
Amy Foote, Nicole Takesono, Joe Meyers and Daniel Cilli performing works by Nathaniel Stookey, Cindy Cox, Shinji Eshima and Beth Ratay. [3 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Youth Speaks: The nation’s leading spoken word organization for young people hosts its 22nd annual “Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,” an evening celebrating the civil rights leader’s legacy with poetic conversation. [7 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

The Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival Expo: The free showcase featuring writers and illustrators of comics and graphic novels, presented in conjunction with the San Francisco Public Library, continues at a second location. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., City View at Metreon, fourth floor, 134 Fourth St., S.F.]

Holiday Ice Rink: It’s the final day to enjoy seasonal skating in Union Square. [10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

They Shall Not Grow Old: Due to popular demand, Fathom Events offers another screening of Peter Jackson’s documentary about soldiers and events of World War I that uses film footage captured at the time that’s been restored with state-of-the-art technologies. [1 and 7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave.; Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St.; Metreon, 101 Fourth St., S.F.]


Jacob Banks: The up-and-coming Nigerian-born British singer-songwriter — whose sound melds from hip hop to blues to soul — says he most sees himself mostly as “a storyteller in songs.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Tuesday Bluesday: San Francisco blues guitarist-vocalist Eddie Neon headlines the weekly jam session. [7 to 11 p.m., Fillmore Heritage Center, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Neave Trio: Violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov and pianist Eri Nakamura perform Debussy’s Piano Trio in G Major and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,” presented by Noontime Concerts. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Will Durst & Friends-Trump Year Three: The veteran Bay Area political comic is joined by Francesca Fiorentini, Nato Green, Eddie Pepitone and Johnny Steele in the SF Sketchfest show. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus St., S.F.]

Celtic Sands: Multi-instrumentalists Lara Garner, Alina Polonskaya and Michael Mullen on harp, fiddles, guitar, piano, Irish whistle, wooden flute and Irish frame drum play music from the “world of druids, bards, misty mountains and faeries.” [Noon, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]Avedis Chamber SeriesBlack and Brown Comix FestivalBringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.CalendarCarmen CusackIn The Name of LoveJacob BanksJuanita Tamayo LottKing and Faith ForumTuesday BluesdayVolver

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