Loreigna Sinclair, center, and the ensemble appear in Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s premiere of “She Persisted, the Musical” opening March 9 at the Creativity Theatre. (Courtesy Alessandra Mello)

March 7-9: NightLife & Death, Leading Ladies, Kalpana Mohan, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Justin Vivian Bond, She Persisted, the Musical, D.I.R.T. Festival, SF Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty, Mark Synnott, Shrek the Musical

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

NightLife & Death: Reimagine, a program exploring issues surrounding end of life, kicks off at the California Academy of Sciences’ after-hours program (with alcohol for sale) with an evening examining questions about death in the natural world. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Leading Ladies: Hillbarn Theatre stages the farce by Ken Ludwig about two Shakespearean actors who find themselves in the Amish country in Pennsylvania, mounting Shakespeare plays. [8 p.m., 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Kalpana Mohan: The writer celebrates the U.S. release of “Daddykins: A Memoir of My Father And I,” a “bittersweet, funny, and heartwarming” book, which also details a “panoramic sweep of a century” in India. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra: In “Tales of Two Cities: Leipzig and Damascus,” the group plays a cross-cultural program of works by Bach, Telemann and Handel as well as classical Arabic music. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Justin Vivian Bond: The New York artist and transgender warrior appears in the cabaret act “V.” [7 p.m., Bing Studio, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Noe Valley Word Week: The annual literary festival opens with an International Women’s Day panel with film writer Ruthe Stein, filmmaker Wendy Slick, law professor Susan Rutberg and moderator Maxine Einhorn discussing whether Thelma and Louise (of the 1991 movie fame) would have better options today. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Masters of Hawaiian Music: Slack key guitar greats George Kahumoku Jr., Nathan Aweau and David “Kawika” Kahiapo appear. [7:30 p.m., Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

The Wood Brothers: The roots trio — guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood and drummer Jano Rix — are promoting their Grammy-nominated album “One Drop of Truth”; New Orleans-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Carsie Blanton opens. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Some Enchanted Evenings: Christina Augello appears in three playful one-acts by contemporary playwright Don Nigro, opening a three-weekend run. [8 p.m., Exit Theater, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

UNA Projects: The dance troupe headed by Chuck Wilt presents the premiere of “Coloring,” a 65-minute work for six dancers and one guest
drag performer inspired by themes of identity and unity. [7:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, MARCH 9

She Persisted, the Musical: Bay Area Children’s Theatre presents the new musical inspired by Chelsea Clinton’s book about a girl whose class trip to the museum turns into an adventure in time travel. [10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m., Creativity Theatre, 221 Fourth Street., S.F.]

Passionate Engagement: Artist Nancy Hom heads up a talk and tour of the retrospective of her work, which includes silkscreens, installations and an evolving mandala, which will change into something new by the end of the exhibition’s run on March 30. [2 to 4 p.m., Luggage Store Gallery, 1007 Market St., S.F.]

D.I.R.T. Festival: The annual Dance In Revolt(ing) Time features 17 artists exploring global warming in two programs, opening this weekend with appearances by Tigre Bailando, Danza Puerto Rico, Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, Yayoi Kambara, Sammay Dizon and Halau Kawainuhi, Hien Huynh, Primera Generación. [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Ballet Program 4: A nine-performance reprise of Helgi Tomasson’s “The Sleeping Beauty” opens. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Agrarianaa: The exhibition, which showcases paintings, sculptures, films and multimedia installations by nine artists inspired by the rich history of Japanese American agricultural crafts, opens with a reception. [Noon to 3 p.m., Japanese American Museum of San Jose, 535 N. Fifth St., San Jose]

Corkscrewed Comedy: Julie Ash, Clay Newman, Ruby Gill, Leiroy Abueg, Natasha Vinik and Joseph Ugalde appear in the “Stand-Up & Wine in the Inner Sunset” event. [9 p.m., InnerFog Wine Bar, 545 Irving St., S.F.]

Incubator: The Women’s History Month art installation by Kate Dodd, composed of thousands of books, some stacked into towers, opens with a ceremony. [4 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Root Division MFA Now 2019: The art center’s biennial juried exhibition features work by 18 artists pursuing fine arts masters degrees at top Bay Area institutions. [7 to 9 p.m., 1131 Mission St., S.F.]

Hands Off Venezuela!: Answer Coalition Bay Area sponsors the march and rally against the Trump administration’s aggressive policy against Venezuela, which “repeats the pattern of wars for regime change in oil-rich countries of Iraq and Libya.” [Noon, UN Plaza, Market and Seventh streets, S.F.]

Climate Change in the Polar Regions: Art historian Lisa E. Bloom presents the slide show and lecture about how contemporary artists are portraying environmental devastation and imaginatively representing effects of climate change. [2 p.m., Hunters Point Shipyard, Building 101, Auditorium, 101 Horn Ave., S.F.]

#UndocuFest 2019: Live music, dancing, food, art, a raffle and silent auction make up the 21-and-over fundraiser for Dreamer Fund, a nonprofit helping undocumented students achieve higher education. [2 to 8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Mark Synnott: The writer and certified mountain climber speaks about his new nonfiction title, “The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life.” [5 p.m., Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda]

Shrek the Musical: Peninsula Youth Theatre opens a two-weekend run of the Broadway show adapted from the Dreamworks animated hit about an ogre who goes on a quest to save a princess. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show: Pop art, fine art and photography by more than 100 artists is for sale in a program also offering “dank” craft beer, cocktails and a free pancake bar. [8 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St.. S.F]

Adia Victoria: The singer-songwriter’s sound has been described as a “Venn diagram wherein PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple and Hank Williams meet Jack White, Chelsea Wolfe, St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr. and Patti Smith.” [8:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Matt Haimovitz: The cellist, and pianist Vijay Iver, appear in a concert of music by of Zakir Hussein, John McLaughlin, JS Bach, Ravi Shankar and Billy Strayhorn. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mission Peak Chamber Singers: “Heart Attacks” is program of music taking a lighthearted look at the highs and lows of love. [7 p.m., Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont]

The Barber of Seville: Rob Herriot directs Livermore Valley Opera’s production of Rossini’s classic, opening a four-performance run. [7:30 p.m., Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore]

Jenny Q Chai: The pianist’s recital includes music by Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen and audio-visual works by composer and Stanford University Music Department Chair Jaroslaw Kapuscihski. [8 p.m., Center for New Music and Audio Technologies, 1750 Arch St., Berkeley]

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