Linda Maria Girón and Kenny Scott appear in “The Mystery of Love and Sex” at New Conservatory Theatre Center. (Courtesy Lois Tema)

May 2-3: Mystery of Love and Sex, Colter Wall, Dead Cross, Dean Delray, Smoking Popes, Kwame Alexander, Jordi Savall

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

The Mystery of Love and Sex: The play by Bathsheba Doran, a writer for Showtime and HBO, is about best friends Charlotte and Jonny, in their 20s and confronting “the mysteries of their sexuality.” [8 p.m. New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Colter Wall: The Canadian singer-songwriter — whose inspirations include Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Emmylou Harris and Waylon Jennings — plays from his critically acclaimed debut album in a sold-out date. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dead Cross: The band — Dave Lombardo, Justin Pearson, Michael Crain and Mike Patton — has a sound with “multi-layered evil-genius vocals, manic guitar riffs and brutal rhythms.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Willie Brown: San Francisco’s former mayor gives his annual lecture about where the state and country are headed in a sold-out event. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Dean Delray: The comedian and Bay Area native opens a four-night standup engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 44 Battery St., S.F.]

Smoking Popes: The Chicago group — what a “traditional lounge singer would sound like backed up by a punk band” — headlines a show with fellow pop punk band Bad Cop/Bad Cop, playing from the album “Warriors.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Kwame Alexander: The children’s author speaks about his new book “Rebound,” a “coming-of-age novel written in verse about basketball, family and staying true to yourself,” and prequel to his award-winning “The Crossover.” [6 p.m., Mrs. Dalloway’s, 2904 College Ave., Berkeley]

Me and My Girl
: 42nd Street Moon begins previews of its production of the Tony-winning musical about an unrefined cockney gentleman named who learns that he is the 14th heir to the Earl of Hareford. [7 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

The Color Purple: The winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and classic motion picture, opens a four-week run. [8 p.m., Orpheum, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Jim Cotter: The veteran broadcast journalist leads a conversation with artist, poet and curator Marc Bamuthi Joseph, exploring the stories and works that shaped Joseph’s life and art. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Katherine D. Harris: The San Jose State literature professor and author of “Forget Me Not: The Rise of the British Literary Annual,” gives the Lunchtime Lecture, “Gothic Monsters and Evil Houses.” [Noon, San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S Market St., San Jose]

Dudu Tassa: The Israeli-Iraqi-Yemeni musician, who blends Jewish and Arabic folk-rock, plays from his most recent project, a tribute to his grandfather and great-uncle known as the Al-Kuwaiti Brothers. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., S.F.

THURSDAY, MAY 3

Jordi Savall: The viola da gamba player and early music titan makes his San Francisco Performances debut in a collaboration with Carlos Nunez )and ensemble of wind players, harp and bodhran) in a concert tracing the route of Celtic migration through music. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

A Taste of Potrero: The $150-per-person party, with bites crafted by The City’s best restaurants and bars, benefits Daniel Webster Elementary School. [7 to 10 p.m., The Midway, 900 Marin St., S.F.]

The Full Monty: Hillbarn Theatre closes its 2017-18 season with the pop-rock musical based on the cult film about unemployed steelworkers who take to stripping to make money. [8 p.m., Hillbarn Theatre, 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Ray Chen: The violinist makes his San Francisco Symphony debut in a program conducted by Juraj Valčuha featuring Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Andrew Norman’s “Unstuck” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 3. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Of Montreal: The band’s albums range from 1960s-tinged pop and psychedelic, to a more recent blend of electronica, funk, glam and Afrobeat. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Focal Points: The photography show, the inaugural exhibition of CatchLight Fellowship, a local nonprofit recognizing photographers taking on social issues, and Everyday Bay Area photography project, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St., S.F.]

Danny Glover: Appearing in the Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series, the actor speaks on “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos Or Community?” [7 p.m., Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison St., Oakland]CalendarColter WallDead CrossDean DelrayJordi SavallKwame AlexanderMystery of Love and SexSmoking Popes

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