The ensemble Vajra Voices appears in a concert of “medieval poetry, music and magic to ring in the new year.” (Courtesy Norbert Brein)

The ensemble Vajra Voices appears in a concert of “medieval poetry, music and magic to ring in the new year.” (Courtesy Norbert Brein)

Jan. 7-8: Vajra Voices, Savion Glover, Paul Psarras, No Pants Subway Ride, Sesame Street Live, Asian Art Museum Free Sunday, The Crown under the Hammer


Vajra Voices: The San Francisco Early Music Society presents the seven-member female ensemble joined by period instrumentalists Shira Kammen and Kit Higginson in a program of medieval song celebrating “the wonder of the new year.” [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Savion Glover: The Tony Award-winning dancer, called “the greatest tap virtuoso of our time” joins forces in a rhythm masters show with veteran jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Paul Psarras: Old First Concerts presents the Grammy-nominated classical guitarist performing works by Silvius Leopold Weiss, Joaquín Rodrigo, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Leo Brouwer and Ennemond Gaultier. [4 p.m., Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Peace Action of San Mateo County: “A Catalan’s View of Catalonia” offers comments from Joan Morales on the history and politics of the region and its ongoing struggle for independence from Spain. [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo]

Unitarian Universalist San Francisco Forum: Kathy Dervin, a climate change and health consultant, speaks about what happened at the U.N. Climate Conference in November in Germany. [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

No Pants Subway Ride: Folks who have $10-$15 for BART fare and are willing to take off their pants (no nudity, though) are invited to join the 10th annual event, followed by a party. [Meet at noon at DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!: “Sesame Street” pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others appear in “new sensory adventure live onstage” and dance party with live emcees Casey and Caleb. [11 a.m. and 3 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W San Carlos St., San Jose]

Asian Art Museum Free Sunday: “When Pictures Speak: The Written Word in Japanese Art,” which shows how generations of artists, writers and patrons working in paintings and other media have found relevance in the “marriage of text and image,” is on view. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Slow Bloom: The rock, goth, post punk band from Santa Rosa headlines a show with Dark Black and LANTERNS. [8 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Embarcadero Center Ice Rink: It’s the final day of the season of holiday skating in the The City’s biggest outdoor rink. [10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Embarcadero Plaza, Market Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]


The Crown under the Hammer-Russia, Romanovs, Revolution
: Marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the exhibition of art, archival documents and rare books related to late imperial and early Soviet Russia illustrates the dramatic cultural shifts in the region in the early 20th century. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive,Stanford University]

Commonwealth Club Week to Week Politics Roundtable
: Reporters and writers Bob Butler of KCBS, Joe Garofoli of the San Francisco Chronicle and Marisa Lagos of KQED appear. [6:30 p.m., 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Pythagoras and the Search for Universal Harmony: Bay Area scholar and musician Kayleen Asbo, who “weaves together myth, psychology history and the arts with experiential learning” speaks on how the Pythagoras’ teachings influenced Western civilization and have relevance today. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, | 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Labyrinth, The Hunger: In honor of David Bowie’s 71st birthday, the Castro Theatre screens two of his movies: Jim Henson’s fantasy opens the bill, followed at 9 p.m. by the vampire flick, with costar Catherine Deneuve. [7 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Classical at the Freight: The Mozart Birthday Celebration features violinists Debra Fong and Liana Berube, cellist Michelle Kwon, Ben Simon, violist Ben Simon and clarinetist David Howard. [7:30 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Barbara McVeigh: The Bay Area author shares her memoir “Redemption: How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life,” which details a painful family story of three generations and her search for truth that led her to China, Cuba, the Balkans, and, ultimately, back home. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Finch Files Live: Podcaster Peter Finch records his 100th episode in a free event with special guest storytellers from The Moth and live music. [7 p.m., Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St., S.F.]

Films for Adults: The San Francisco Public Library screens John Frankenheimer’s 1964 political thriller “Seven Days in May” starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.Asian Art Museum Free SundayCalendarPaul PsarrasSavion GloverSesame Street Live!The Crown under the HammerVajra Voices

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