May 22-23: Suzanne Vega, Margit Roos-Collins, Elijah Oratorio, Pablo Francisco, Brad Rosen, Avotcja & Modupue


Suzanne Vega: The 1980s hit-making folk artist plays material spanning her long, illustrious career in a concert to benefit arts and culture programming. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Margit Roos-Collins: The author of the foraging text “The Flavors of Home: A Guide to the Wild Edible Plants of the San Francisco Bay Area” appears, with special guest Isa Rabins, to promote the second edition. [3 p.m., Omnivore, 3885 Cesar Chavez, S.F.]

Elijah Oratorio: Golden Gate Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Mendelssohn’s monumental, rarely performed work, influenced by Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion.” [6 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F.]

Pablo Francisco: The Comedy Central favorite, whose show includes new material he’s working up for a special called “Here We Go Again,” closes a four-night engagement. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

A Series of One Acts: Firescape Theatre and Beverly Hills Playhouse of San Francisco present “Reunion Special,” about former child actors at the funeral of one of their former cast mates, and “The Last Barbecue,” about a small-town family attempting to have a nice meal together. [2 p.m., 414 Mason St., Suite 502, S.F.]

Brad Rosen: The author of “Bombed in His Bed: The Confessions of Jewish Gangster Myer Rush” tells stories about his uncle, who was blown up by a suspected mafia bomb, but miraculously survived. [3:30 p.m., Brad Walters Community Room, Oakland Public Library, 125 14th St., Oakland]

The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles: Ars Minerva presents Carlo Pallavicino’s lost Venetian opera about the Sultan of Ethiopia, who invades the mythical Fortunate Isles, which has hasn’t been staged since its creation in 1679. [2 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Avotcja & Modupue: Jazz, blues and bilingual poetry focused on love and community are performed the ensemble made of performers from major local bands. [7 p.m., Gallery 308, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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A gathering to launch a book of writing by the late Barbara Brenner, a renowned cancer activist, is at the Mission Cultural Center.


So Much to Be Done-The Writings of Breast Cancer Activist Barbara Brenner: Friends and coworkers will be on hand for the launch of the book by the beloved director of Breast Cancer Action, who died in 2013. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Sean Powers: The storyteller, illustrator and musician performs “Why Rat is First” a tale from China for children of all ages. [4 p.m., S.F. Library, Glen Park branch, 825 Diamond St., S.F.]

I Hope You Can Dance: The documentary, inspired by the Lee Ann Womack song, includes stories of faith and the joy of overcoming unimaginable odds. [7 p.m., Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

What Have I Done to Deserve This?: Director’s Pedro Almodovar’s fourth film, its title a lament from its beleaguered housewife protagonist, screens in a program called “Early Almodovar Week.” [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Julian Barnes: Kepler’s Books presents the award-winning English writer of (“The Sense of an Ending”) speaking about his new novel “The Noise of Time.” [7:30 p.m., Menlo Atherton High School Center for Performing Arts, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]

Christopher Phillips: The author speaks about his latest book “The Philosophy of Chiding,” which makes the case that childhood is not a state of “becoming” and adulthood is not one of “being.” [12:30 p.m., [Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

David Keltner: City Arts & Lectures presents the author of “The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence” in conversation with Michael Lewis, author of “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

John Brooks: The community youth volunteer and blogger on the site “Parenting and Attachment” shares his memoir, “The Girl Behind the Door: A Father’s Quest to Understanding His Daughter’s Suicide.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

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