San Francisco Opera’s summer season opens with Spanish director Calixto Bieito’s radical version of “Carmen.” (Courtesy A. Bofill)

San Francisco Opera’s summer season opens with Spanish director Calixto Bieito’s radical version of “Carmen.” (Courtesy A. Bofill)

May 27-28: Carmen, S.F. Ballet Student Showcase, Tommy Johnagin, Inferno Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre, Carnaval


Carmen: San Francisco Opera presents Bizet’s opera staged by Spanish director Calixto Bieito, making his U.S. debut, with his sexually charged, cinematic version of the work set in post-Franco Spain. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

S.F. Ballet Student Showcase: The show highlights young performers beginning their training as well as advanced students on the verge of professional dance careers. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Tommy Johnagin: The storytelling standup comic appeared on David Letterman’s show seven times. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Single Point Perspective: Subtitled “A Meditation on Race, Loss, Grief, and The Other,” the performance art piece features Charlie Levin making wax paintings on glass, responding to music and text read by audience members. [7 p.m., Chapel, Fort Mason, 1100 Bay St., S.F.]

Inferno Theatre: The Berkeley-based “physical ensemble” troupe stages “Quantum Desire,” the second installment of its investigation of quantum theory as it applies to the human emotion of love. [7 p.m., Firehouse, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

CinemaLit: C.W. Gortner talks about his book “Marlene: A Novel” and 1931’s “Dishonored” starring Marlene Dietrich and Victor McLaglen screens. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Decorator Showcase: Local interior and landscape designers have made over more than 30 rooms and outdoor spaces in the Mediterranean-style home known as “Villa de Martini” for public viewing, to benefit San Francisco University High School; the last tour is Memorial Day. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 298 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Pan Pan Theatre: The Irish troupe presents “The Seagull and Other Birds,” a roller-coaster re-imagining of Chekhov’s classic. [7 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Carnaval: Grammy-nominated “Lion of Salsa” Oscar D’Leon, appearing at 4 p.m,, headlines the 38th annual, two-day celebration showcasing food, music, dance and artistry from Latin America and the Caribbean; a parade with grand marshal Dolores Huerta begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at 24th and Bryant streets. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Harrison between 16th and 24th streets, S.F.]

Drag Queens of Comedy 2016: Bianca del Rio, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season six winner hosts the show, billed as the “world’s largest drag queen comedy special.” [6 and 10 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

The Meeting: The acclaimed show hosted by Justin Sayre — a mix of “outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything” — returns for an encore performance. [7 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

Celloscape Collective: Local cellists perform new works composed for cellos and electronics, in styles ranging from “experimental dissonance to beautiful 21st century harmony.” [8 p.m., Bruce Beasley Sculpture Studio. 323 Lewis St., Oakland]

Appendix: The exhibit presented by the Asian American Women Artists Association’s Emerging Curators Program showcasing work from 10 Asian American women and queer artists (telling personal stories of mental and historical trauma) opens with a reception. [1 to 4 p.m., Pacific Heritage Museum, 608 Commercial St., S.F.]

Madame Ho: The staged reading of the play by Eugenie Chan tells the story of a formidable Barbary Coast San Francisco brothel madam, single mother, Chinese immigrant and ghost. [1 p.m., Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson St., S.F.]

Antony and Cleopatra: The African-American Shakespeare Company sets Shakespeare’s classic about the Roman politician and the queen of Egypt in the modern-day. [8 p.m., Buriel Clay Theatre, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Satin Jackets: The electro-pop darlings and the brainchild of German music producer Tim Bernhardt and vocalist Den Ishu appear on a bill with a Classixx DJ set. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

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