Mind-boggling magician appears in San Jose and Oakland this week. (Courtesy photo)

Mind-boggling magician appears in San Jose and Oakland this week. (Courtesy photo)

May 9-10: YBCA’s Transform Fest, Kendrick Lamar, SONTALK, Puffs: Filmed Live Off Broadway, Arturo O’Farrill, Christopher Moore, Susan Ronald, David Blaine, Best of PlayGround, Stéphane Denève


Transform Fest: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opens its spring performance art programming with Okwui Okpokwasili’s “Poor People’s TV Room,” a piece inspired by Nigeria’s Women’s War of 1929, a movement against British colonial powers; and the Boko Haram kidnappings of hundreds of girls. [7:30 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Kendrick Lamar: The hip hop star’s Top Dawg Entertainment Championship Tour, with label mates ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SiR, Lance Skiiwalker and Zacari, has a new date as result of NBA playoffs. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Tenderloin Talk: The Tenderloin Community Benefit District, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the neighborhood, hosts a conversation about its plans and introduces incoming executive director Simon Bertrang. [5 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

SONTALK: Noise Pop presents the project of Joseph LeMay (promoting his debut singles on “ACT I”) on a bill with Milwaukee-based headliners Field Report. [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Puffs: Filmed Live Off Broadway: Fathom Events brings to the big screen the Harry Potter-inspired hit New York stage comedy described as “a tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.” [7 p.m., Century at Tanforan, 1188 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Walls and Bridges-Immigration: KQED hosts a panel about how U.S. policies are affecting immigrants with poet-activist Yosimar Reyes, immigration attorney Aarti Kohli and Dreamer Fund co-founder Gabriela Garcia. [7 p.m., Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra: The pianist and his band play the West Coast premiere the Cornel West Concerto, a commission setting text by the African-American scholar-activist to Afro-Latin jazz orchestration. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Laseun St., Stanford University]

Christopher Moore: The wisecracking, best-selling Bay Area satirist appears in a ticketed event to promote his new novel, “Noir.” [7:30 p.m,. Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Susan Ronald: The author of “A Dangerous Woman: American Beauty, Noted Philanthropist, Nazi Collaborator–The Life of Florence Gould” speaks about her biography of the wealthy socialite and arts patron who had a dark past. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Philip Goldberg: The cohost of the podcast Spirit Matters discusses his new book, “The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mind-boggling magician appears in San Jose and Oakland this week. (Courtesy photo)


David Blaine: The death-defying magician known for fusing magic and stunt work opens a two-day Bay Area stint (which goes to Oakland’s Paramount theater on May 12) in the South Bay. [8 p.m. 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Best of PlayGround: Opening in previews, the evening features staged productions of works by Nic Sommerfeld, Erin Marie Panttaja, Alanna McFall, Ruben Grijalva, Lauren Gorski and Rob Dario, chosen from more than 150 submissions by playwriting incubator PlayGround. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Stéphane Denève: The French conductor (music director of the Brussels Philharmonic) leads the San Francisco Symphony in Ibert’s “Escales,” Respighi’s “Pines of Rome,” a modern work by French composer Guillaume Connesson and Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 with guest artist Gautier Capuçon. [10 a.m. (open rehearsal) and 8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

One Night at the Ramada: PianoFight’s resident female sketch comedy group Chardonnay’s new show references “Dancing with the Stars,” a traumatic bachelorette party reality show and maybe even a dead politician. [8 p.m., 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Palace Wreckers, Inc: Central Works, a troupe known for producing new shows by local playwrights, begins previews of Gary Graves’ new revenge comedy based on the Oresteia by Aeschylus. [8 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2515 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

CCA 2018 Commencement Exhibition: Running through May 13, the show — an interdisciplinary showcase of art work by students across all disciplines on the San Francisco campus — opens with a reception. [6 to 10 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Born Ruffians: The Canadian indie rockers shed some of their more arty influences on their newest album “Uncle, Duke, & The Chief.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: The New Zealand psychedelic rock band is headed by multi-instrumentalist Ruban Nielson. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Apocalyptica: The instrumental four-cello-driven rock band plays Metallica. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Hovvdy: The Austin-based duo, playing “rhythmic, down-tempo pop songs that are hopeful yet melancholy” co-headlines with Half Waif, the synth-pop project of Nandi Rose Plunkett. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Arturo O’FarrillBest of PlaygroundCalendarChristopher MooreDavid BlaineKendrick LamarPuffs: Filmed Live Off BroadwaySONTALKStéphane DenèveSusan RonaldYBCA's Transform Fest

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