“A Living Thing/Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange,” an exhibition of distressed American flags the artist collected in all 50 states between 2011 and 2016, opens with a reception at the San Francisco Art Institute. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 27-28: A Living Thing/Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange, SF Symphony with pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet, Luzia, Ensemble ARI, Sound Healing Symphony, Railroad Earth, Golden Gate Kennel Club Show

FRIDAY, JAN. 27

San Francisco Art Institute: A reception celebrates two new exhibits: “A Living Thing/Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange,” a collection of distressed American flags; and “Ghosts of the Tower,” which showcases the school’s archives, which span 150 years. [7 p.m,, Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony: Lionel Bringuier conducts the orchestra and guest pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a concert featuring Kodaly’s “Dances of Galata,” Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Luzia: Cirque Du Soleil’s radiant show dedicated to Mexico’s charms is in its final weekend in The City. [8 p.m., Big Top, Third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, S.F.]

Ensemble ARI: The group of classically trained Bay Area musicians led by Jean Ahn plays a free concert honoring the Korean War Memorial in the Presidio. [7 p.m,, Christ Church, 2138 Cedar St., Berkeley]

Judy Lief, Norman Fischer
: The Buddhist teachers discuss inquiry on the Buddhist path in a talk called “The Question is the Answer” presented by Lion’s Roar Foundation, the largest-circulation Buddhist magazine in English. [7 p.m., First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Ensemble for These Times: Nanette McGuinness, soprano, Dale Tsang, piano and Anne Lerner-Wright, cello, play a program of 20th and 21st century music. [6 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., Presidio of S.F.]

The Sound Healing Symphony: The ensemble — playing gongs, crystal singing bowls, Tibetan singing bowls, Native American flutes, didgeridoo, harp and much — is “a convergence of some of the country’s best meditative musicians.” [8 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1110 California St., S.F.]

Railroad Earth: The New Jersey-based jam band kicks off a three-night engagement with a different opener each gig; Jon Stickley Trio is the first. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lieder Alive!: Soprano Heidi Moss, pianist Kurt Erickson and violist Paul Yarbrough perform in “Mozart & Erickson Birthday Fest.” [7 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

The Real Thing: Tom Stoppard’s comedy about a witty playwright was called by one critic the most “bracing play that anyone has written about love and marriage in years.” [8 p.m., Aurora Theatre Co., 2081 Addison St., Berkeley]

Callow: The local doom folk band releases a single, playing on a bill with Andalusia Rose and Medicine Moon. [9 p.m., Golden Bull, 412 14th St., Oakland]

Pride & Joy: The party band playing pop hits from the 1970s-90s has been on the Bay Area scene for 25 years. [9 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Gipsy Moon: The innovative five-piece folk group from the mountains of Colorado plays original material and old world, traditional tunes, co-headlining a show with Kitchen Dwellers. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, JAN. 28

Golden Gate Kennel Club Show: The West Coast’s premier canine event, more than 100 years old, offers visitors the opportunity to meet and greet more than 175 breeds. [8 p.m. to 5 p.m., Cow Palace. 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]

Auguste Rodin-The Centenary Installation: About 50 objects in bronze, marble and plaster — all from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s permanent collection — are being presented in a new context in the exhibition, which opens Saturday and runs through April 9. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Mark Eitzel: The San Francisco troubadour of American Music Club fame plays to release his 10th solo album “Hey Mr Ferryman.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Kings of Leon: The alt rock band is performing songs spanning its seven-album catalog, which includes the 2016 release, “Walls.” [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Mating Ritual: Ryan Marshall, who calls his music “post-genre-pop,” headlines a show with Los Angeles dream pop band Satchmode. [9:30 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Moe! Staiano Ensemble: The group, led by San Francisco experimental composer, drummer, percussionist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Staiano, plays “Away Towards the Light, a guitar ensemble in three movements. [8:30 p.m., Lab 2948 16th St., S.F.]

Of Civil Rights and Wrongs: Karen Korematsu commemorates her father’s life as an activist at a screening of the award- winning short documentary, which details his battle against injustices faced by Japanese Americans during World War II. [11 a.m., Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park, 1414 Harbor Way South, Richamond]

Bone & Joint Expo: The free health education event offers presentations and information about products and services to individuals living with arthritis, [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., S.F.]

City Job Fair: Government agencies — including San Francisco recreation and park, airport, sheriffs, fire, school district, human services, City College, the U.S. Post Office and others — provide information about job and career opportunities. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Worlds Fair Nano
: The two-day technology and arts festival includes interactive tech exhibits, live art, futurist talks, spontaneous performances, music, food and more. [9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pier 70, 420 22nd St., S.F.]

Grateful Bluegrass Boys: The string band plays bluegrass versions of classic rock favorites (from the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, The Eagles and Rolling Stones) as well as traditional bluegrass and country tunes. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Jauz: The electronic act is the project of 23-year-old Los Angeles-based and Icon Collective graduate Sam Vogel. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

M. Lamar and The Living Earth Show: The “goth and post-punk diva’s” new performance “synthesizes the Negro spiritual, black and doom metal and contemporary classical opera.” [7:30 p.m., Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland]

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