Noe Valley Chamber Music presents a Mother’s Day concert featuring violinist Livia Sohn, along with oboist James Austin Smith, violist Meena Bhasin and cellist Christopher Costanza. (Courtesy photo)

May 8-9: Livia Sohn, Stars On Ice, Eating Pasta Off the Floor, SF Mother-Daughter Social Justice Team, Shake the Earth, Chinese Couplets, Mete Tasin, Adam Hochschild


Livia Sohn: Noe Valley Chamber Music presents the violinist and friends in a concert of familiar and unusual masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Britten and Berio. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Eating Pasta Off the Floor: In a funny, poignant solo show, local actress Maria Grazia Affinito tells her story about how she hopes a visit to her mother’s hometown in Italy will shed light on their volatile relationship. [5 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

SF Mother-Daughter Social Justice Team: Rita Semel, co-founder of the S.F. Interfaith Council, and her daughter Elisabeth Semel, a UC Berkeley law professor and the first director of the Death Penalty Clinic, discuss being on the frontlines of social justice. [9:30 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Shake the Earth: Lousine Shamamian’s one-woman show, a benefit for humanitarian relief efforts, is about a meek gay Armenian who stands up for herself and recounts her great-grandfather’s story of survival during the Armenian genocide. [7:30 p.m., La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Chinese Couplets: Bay Area filmmaker Felicia Lowe screens her documentary — a mix of memoir and investigation spanning two centuries, three countries and four generations of women and examining the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion era on her family — in an event moderated by Ben Fong-Torres. [3 p.m., New Parkway, 474 24th St., Oakland]

Stars on Ice: Olympic champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White appear on bill with award-winning skaters Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, Jeremy Abbott, Adam Rippon, Polina Edmunds and Ryan Bradley. [4 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., S.F.]

Chef David Tu Phu pop-up: For Mother’s Day, the Vietnamese cook is serving an ocean-themed menu with locally harvested seaweed off the California Coast. [Seatings at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., Village, 969 Market St., S.F.]

Red Envelope Workshop: Chomei Johnson shows how to make artwork out of envelopes for Mother’s Day in a session for children ages 10 and older. [2 to 4 p.m., S.F. Library, Ingleside branch, 1298 Ocean Ave, S.F.]

Mete Tasin: The tenor performs Turkish pop songs in a program called “Turkish Nostalgia in the Afternoon.” [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Adam Hochschild: The award-winning Berkeley-based historian (author of “To End All Wars” and “King Leopold’s Ghosts”) speaks about his new book “Spain in Our Hearts,” which describes the experiences of Americans who joined the Spanish Civil War in the early 1930s against the wishes of the U.S. government. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Mischa Maisky: The internationally renowned cellist and recording artist makes his San Francisco recital debut playing a program with Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Britten’s Sonata in C Major and Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango,” accompanied by his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Neighbourhood: The alt-rock, R&B band from Newbury Park with the hit “Sweater Weather” headlines a bill with pop/hip-hop artist Kevin Abstract. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Cantor Arts Center Curator’s Lecture: In “The Rupture: Mannerist Printmaking,” curator Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell discusses the rise of the Mannerist style in Europe during the early 16th century, which signaled a break with Renaissance ideals. [5:30 p.m., Auditorium, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]

A Twist of Limelight: Bay Area Musicals!, a new San Francisco nonprofit theater group, presents its inaugural benefit event, featuring a performance by Broadway’s Eden Espinosa, of “Wicked” and “Rent” fame. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

SPAMerican Tour: The SPAM truck makes a stop on its nationwide tour, serving favorite dishes made with the canned meat product, as well as thanking fans and people in the military for supporting the brand for 79 years. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Lucky store, 6843 Mission St., Daly City ]

Motion City Soundtrack: After breaking out with “The Future Freaks Me Out” in 2003, the pop-punk-alt-rock band is playing tunes from its six studio albums on its “So Long, Farewell” tour. [8 p.m., Regency Ballmroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Don DeLillo: The acclaimed writer, author of 15 novels, one story collection and three plays, appears in conversation with Rachel Kushner, presented by City Arts & Lectures. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

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