March 23-24: Human Rights Film Festival, Sarah Connolly, Deja View-Art of Andreas Deja, Last Five Years, Stephen Zunes, Tramas Urbanas

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

Human Rights Film Festival: The 15th annual, three-day free University of San Francisco program begins with “Berta Lives,” a documentary about Berta Caceres, a Honduran environmental activist who as assassinated, and a Q&A with USF scholars. [Noon, Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk St., S.F.]

Sarah Connolly: The British mezzo-soprano, accompanied by pianist Joseph Middleton, makes her San Francisco recital debut in a program of works by Schumann, Mahler, Poulenc, Copland and R.R. Bennett. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Luggage Store Creative Music Series
: The experimental evening begins with vocalists Ron Heglin and Lorin Benedict, followed at 9 p.m. by electro-acoustic and electronic percussionists Andrea Centazzo and Matt Davignon. [9 p.m., Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St., S.F.]

Deja View-The Art of Andreas Deja
: The exhibition focuses on the Disney character animator who created villains Scar and Jafar, muscle men Gaston and Hercules, and more. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

The Last Five Years: Mischa Stephens and Courtney Merrell appear in the love story mystery musical told in two timelines — his songs tell the story forward, hers tell it in reverse — which is opening a two-weekend run. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Suicide Kale
: Frameline presents a free encore screening of the micro-budget dark comedy about a brunch gone wrong, among the first of the mumblecore genre in LGBTQ film. [7 p.m., Piedmont Theatre, 4186 Piedmont Ave., Oakland]

Think Green! Environmental Shorts and Filmmaker Panel
: The Albany Film Festival screens five short documentaries by local directors in a show underwritten by East Bay Regional Park District and Regional Parks Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Albany Twin, 1115 Solano Ave., Albany]

Stephen Zunes
: The University of San Francisco professor of politics and international studies speaks on “Syria, Isis And Middle East Mayhem: What Progressives Should Know.” [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Tramas Urbanas (Urban Patterns): The exhibition of work by Paloma Torres, whose abstract sculptures and handmade textiles are based on aerial photographs of Mexico City, opens with a reception. [6 p.m., Mexican Museum, Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Kronos: The “Broadway-style Bollywood musical” presented by the Bay Area company Solskrit — a space opera set in 2116 as the Earth and Saturn “are on the brink of extinction” — opens a four-performance run. [8 p.m., Mexican Heritage Theatre, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose]

Black Women Lead-Redefining Community, Empowerment & Activism
: The program presented by the San Francisco Black Infant Health Program is for black mothers, service providers and community leaders who support black families. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., WestBay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Deborah Slater Dance Theater
: The troupe kicks off a three-weekend run of its 27th home season offering “Time’s Arrow,” a “work about love over time and solace in the face of insurmountable odds.” [8 p.m., Studio 210, 3435 Cesar Chavez St., #210, S.F.]

Stenberg Cahill Duo: Violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Sarah Cahill perform new music by Henry Cowell, Somei Satoh, Lou Harrison and Debussy in a free concert presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music. [6 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave, Presidio of S.F.]

Santa Clara Bead and Design Show: Some 200 vendors and artists offer hard-to-find accessories, fine jewelry, vintage and antique beads, gemstones, beading supplies and more at the three-day event, which includes dozens of workshops. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara]

Jim Shepard: The fiction writer launches “The World to Come,” his short story collection, which “spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery.” [3 p.m., Zoetrope Cafe, 916 Kearny St., S.F.]

Open for Business-Office Success Before Computers: Opening Friday and running through Aug. 20, the partly interactive exhibit showcases business and mathematical machines that revolutionized U.S. workplaces in the early to mid-1900s. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto]

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