Singer-songwriter Matt Alber appears Thursday at the Commonwealth Club and Friday-Saturday at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. (Courtesy Feinstein's at the Nikko)

March 13-14: Word Family Tree Dedication, Ami Molinelli, Duo Violao Brasil, Alyssa Mastromonaco, Benjamin Grosvenor, Matt Alber, Dancing in the Dark, Christian Tetzlaff, Moon Hooch, Hal Foster, Real Irish Comedy Fest


Word Family Tree Dedication: The San Francisco Arts Commission lighting ceremony opens the installation by conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth on the western facade of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium; the piece presents the etymology of the words “civic” and “auditorium” in white neon. [6 p.m., Polk and Grove streets, S.F.]

Ami Molinelli, Duo Violao Brasil: The percussionist-educator and guitarists appear in “A History of Choro,” a free concert and talk about Brazilian music that originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. [2 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, S.F. State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Alyssa Mastromonaco: The deputy White House staffer under Barack Obama speaks about her upcoming book “So Here’s the Thing… Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Tenderloin Talk Live: The Tenderloin Community Benefit District hosts Supervisor Matt Haney in the quarterly event series exploring issues and opportunities in the Tenderloin. [5:30 to 7 p.m., Boeddeker Park, 246 Eddy St., S.F.]

Benjamin Grosvenor: San Francisco Performances presents the British pianist in a recital of works by Schumann, Janacek, Prokofiev and Bellini/Liszt. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Uncertainty Principle: Actor-playwright Adam Strauss, creator of “The Mushroom Cure,” introduces his new solo show, a work-in-progress also detailing his personal experiences living with obsessive compulsive disorder. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Metric, Zoé: The Toronto rock band, promoting the new LP “Art of Doubt,” and the Mexican group, 2019 Grammy winners for the album “Aztlán,” co-headline. [6:45 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter Matt Alber appears Thursday at the Commonwealth Club and Friday-Saturday at Feinstein’s at the Nikko. (Courtesy Feinstein’s at the Nikko)


Matt Alber: The singer-songwriter and LGBTQ youth advocate from Portland performs from “Wind Sand Stars,” his album of pop-folk art songs (reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright) in a Michelle Meow Show presentation. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Dancing in the Dark: Choreographer Jess Curtis and collaborators present excerpts from “(in)Visible,” a free performance accessible for visually impaired people that explores “intersections of movement, culture, sensory difference and physical diversity” in repeating 25-minute cycles. [6 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Moon Hooch: The Brooklyn horn-and-percussion trio (Mike Wilbur, Wenzl McGowen and James Muschler) plays a mix of jazz, experimental funk and electronic dance. [8:30 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Five and Two Others: The exhibition curated by Mildred Howard featuring small-format works by artists with and without developmental disabilities, with a focus on an egalitarian vision, opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Ryan Beatty: The rising vocalist, songwriter and producer counts influences from Solange and Frank Ocean to ELO, Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder, plays from his debut LP “Boy in Jeans.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts soloist Christian Tetzlaff performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin” and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Suffers: The eight-piece R&B group from Houston calls its sound Gulf Coast soul; NPR attributes its allure to “soul, straight from horn to heart.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Hal Foster: The art historian, whose latest book is “Conversations about Sculpture,” speaks about legendary artist Richard Serra with San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator Gary Garrels. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Sojourn: Pear Theatre premieres the play by Evan Kokkila-Schumacher, which describes issues facing two astronauts who are five years into a one-way, life-long mission into the cosmos. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

The Real Irish Comedy Fest: Dubliner and long-term San Francisco resident David Nihill does standup with Sean Finnerty, Ger Staunton, Maureen Langan, Katie Boyle and Mark Hayes in a tour culminating at Cobb’s in San Francisco on St. Patrick’s Day. [7:45 p.m., San Jose Improv, 62 S. Second St., San Jose]

Jonathan Wilson: The singer, songwriter and producer is on tour with the album “Rare Birds,” which includes collaborations with Father John Misty, Lucius, Laraaji and Lana Del Rey. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St. S.F.

Barbara Easley-Cox, Ericka Huggins: San Francisco Art Institute presents the Black Panther Party leaders in conversation with Dewey Crumple in connection with the exhibit, “Vanguard Revisited: Poetic Politics & Black Futures.” [6 p.m., Osher Hall, SFAI, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Women’s History Month Comedy: Comics Carla Clayy, Priyanka Wali, Jade Theriault and Lisa Geduldig perform. [8 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]Alyssa MastromonacoAmi MolinelliBenjamin GrosvenorCalendarChristian TetzlaffDancing in the DarkDuo Violao BrasilHal FosterMatt AlberMoon HoochReal Irish Comedy FestWord Family Tree Dedication

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