New Century Chamber Orchestra’s varied 25th anniversary programs this week include a farewell to music director and violin soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg on May 18, featuring Vivaldi's "Four Seasons,"

May 17-18: Sordid Lives, Fellini’s Rome, Gordon Ball, SF Symphony with Roberto Abbado, Sweet Spirit, New Century Chamber Orchestra

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

Sordid Lives: New Conservatory Theatre Center’s San Francisco premiere of Del Shores’ crazy comedy about what happens when three generations of a dysfunctional small-town Texas family gather after their elderly matriarch dies during a tryst with younger, married neighbor, continues its series of preview performances. [8 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fellini’s Rome: Sara Marinelli and Mauro Aprile Zanetti head the session on the city, as seen through the eyes of Italy’s most iconic director, with a focus on “La Dolce Vita.” [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Salvation Army Week: The service organization honors its clients, donors and volunteers by offering free doughnuts and coffee to bring awareness to its Harbor Light Homeless Outreach Program, which serves 24,000 homeless people annually. [7 to 9 a.m., mobile canteen, Davis and Pine streets, S.F.]

Gordon Ball: The poet, filmmaker, Beat generation expert and writer reads from his new short story collection, “On Tokyo’s Edge: Gaijin Tales from Postwar Japan,” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Fifth Element: Luc Besson’s groundbreaking sci-fi classic returns to the big screen in a 20th anniversary presentation [2 and 7 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St.; Metreon, 101 Fourth St., S.F.]

Dining on the Deck: Chef Joseph Humphrey introduces a series of intimate four-course dinners with wine and spirits partners, beginning
Pueblo Viejo Tequila and a presentation by Carmen Villarreal, CEO of Casa San Matias. [7 to 11 p.m., Limewood, Claremont Club & Spa, 41 Tunnel Road,Berkeley]

San Francisco Symphony: Roberto Abbado conducts the orchestra and violinist Veronika Eberle in a concert featuring Schumann’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 and music from Busoni’s “Turandot,” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Sweet Spirit: The eight-piece Austin, Texas band, a self-described “freak parade,” plays pop, rock, glam, soul and blues. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, MAY 18

New Century Chamber Orchestra: In “Farewell to Nadja,” the group bids goodbye to music director Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg after nine seasons, with a program featuring her soloing in Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Goapele: The Oakland R&B artist celebrates the release of her new EP “Empire” in the first date of an almost sold-out four-day engagement. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Patrick Landeza: The award-winning slack key guitarist launches his book “From The Island of Berkeley, Memoirs From a California-Born Hawaiian” in an evening of stories and music. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addision St., Berkeley]

Tim Rubel Human Shakes: The contemporary troupe celebrates its fifth anniversary with “RE,” a “funny, satirical, flamboyant, dark, introspective and political” collection of re-imagined and re-worked excerpts from its repertoire. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 499 Alabama St., S.F.]

Disney and Pixar–A Musical Journey into Animation: The San Francisco Symphony accompanies scenes from “Toy Story,” “Bambi,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and other classics in a concert with comments from movie producer Don Hahn. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Awaking Beauty-The Art of Eyvind Earle: The Walt Disney Family Museum opens its exhibition about the life and work of the artist who was lead stylist for 1959’s “Sleeping Beauty” and created concept art for “Lady and the Tramp” and “Peter Pan.” [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 104 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

You Me at Six: The English alt-rock, pop punk band (and Warped Tour veteran) has a new album “Night People.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Chris Brown: The news-making Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling R&B and hip-hop star brings The Party Tour — with O.T. Genasis, Fabolous, Kap G and Reedo Brown — to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

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