Eclectic jazz violinist Shaina E releases her CD “Hitwoman Honey” in Berkeley. (Courtesy photo)

March 28-29: Shaina E, Hollie Cook, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys, Chinese Man, CCA MFA Exhibition, Simmer, Scott Huesing, Philippe Rahm

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28

Shaina E: The violinist (aka Shaina Evoniukz) who fuses hip hop, jazz, bluegrass and classical plays with her band Cosa Nostra Strings to release her CD “Hitwoman Honey.” [7:30 p.m., California Jazz Conservatory, 2087 Addison St., Berkeley]

Hollie Cook: The U.K. reggae vocalist — daughter of Sex Pistols’ drummer Paul Cook and The Belle Stars’ singer Jennie Matthias — is promoting “Vessel of Love,” an album with a “fantastical dub-aquatic world.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys: The group contributes to the Holy Week Tenebrae Service, which is based on the monastic prayer service of vigils and features music by Francis Poulenc and William Byrd. [6 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

California College of the Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition: The first of a two-part show debuts work by 22 artists concluding their graduate work and marking a transition to professional galleries; a reception is slated for 3 to 6 p.m. March 31. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.

Chinese Man: The French collective from Marseille is influenced primarily by hip-hop and electro, but also incorporates funk, dub, reggae and jazz. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Escondido: The Nashville duo of Jessica Maros and Tyler James make music based on shared love of Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti Western soundtracks. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Simmer: Visitors are encouraged to sit “within” the group show’s works by 14 artists, to “allow materials and conclusions to unfold and reveal themselves over time.” [2 to 6 p.m., Root Division, 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

Harry Mathews Tribute: Daniel Levin Becker, Roman Muradov, Brandon Bussolini, Gordon Faylor, Summer Brenner and Eric Cromie read in a celebration of the work of the late experimental poet and prose writer. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Courtney Peppernell: The Australian sensation, on her first U.S. tour, reads from “Pillow Thoughts,” a collection of poetry and prose about “heartbreak, love and raw emotions.” [7:30 p.m, Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Crystal: The first Cirque du Soleil show on ice opens a five-day South Bay run. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

THURSDAY, MARCH 29

Scott Huesing: The commander who led U.S. forces in Iraq in 2006-7 discusses his book, “Echo in Ramadi: The Firsthand Story of U.S. Marines in Iraq’s Deadliest City.” [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Dante Elephante: The Santa Barbara-bred jangle pop act headed by Ruben Zarate co-headlines with pop rock band Sego. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Senses Fail: The post hardcore band from New Jersey’s latest album is “If There Is Light, It Will Find You”; Reggie and the Full Effect, Have Mercy and Household open. [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Race and Equity Community Dinner Series: The ticketed event features Theo Ellington, Saundra Davis, Jeannette Fisher-Kouadio, Deven Richardson and Dasarte Yarnway speaking about finance and wealth planning, and a meal by Nigel Jones, chef-owner of Kaya. [6 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

The Outhouse: The documentary tells the story of a “legendary, lawless punk venue” in a Kansas cornfield (open from 1985-97) from the perspectives of musicians, fans, promoters, the sheriff and angry neighbor. [7 p.m. Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

The Anthropocene Style: The first solo exhibition in the U.S. of Swiss architect Philippe Rahm, known for groundbreaking work connecting climate change and architecture, opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Walter and McBean Galleries, S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Norman Finkelstein: The scholar, activist and author of “Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom,” speaks about his book, an “indictment of Israel’s crimes in the Palestinian territory from 2008 to the present.” [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

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