“Our Time Will Come,” about heroic resistance fighters, opens the Hong Kong Cinema series at New People on Friday.  (Courtesy photo)

“Our Time Will Come,” about heroic resistance fighters, opens the Hong Kong Cinema series at New People on Friday. (Courtesy photo)

Sept. 28-29: SF Symphony with Jeremy Denk, Jessica Levant photos, Christina Seely, Nathan Englander, Shanna Farrell, Elizabeth Cook, Hong Kong Cinema

THURSDAY, SEPT. 28

San Francisco Symphony: Music director Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique” on a program with soloist Jeremy Denk playing Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jessica Levant Photo Art: The photographer in residence whose works span from abstract to whimsy and quirky as well as street shots, and jazz artists, hosts a reception. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Troll House, Pier 26 on the Embarcadero between Harrison and Bryant streets, S.F.]

Christina Seely: The artist opens her mixed-media show “terra systema . momentum,” which “transmogrifies the tropical rainforest and the melt of the Greenland ice sheet into … respiratory and circulatory systems, scaling the planetary to the human body,” with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., EUQINOMprojects, 1599 Tennessee St., S.F.]

Looking Inward-Painting a Journey: The exhibit represents the culmination of a project centered around art-making activities for seniors, many living with memory disorders, who were inspired by art by Disney animator Eyvind Earle. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., lower lobby, Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

Nathan Englander: The Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author is promoting his new novel, “Dinner at the Center of the Earth,” a thriller set amid the Israeli-Palestinian conflict about the relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Shanna Farrell: The author talks about “Bay Area Cocktails: A History of Culture, Community and Craft” in an event with samples of Negronis. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead: Daniel Radcliffe stars in Tom Stoppard’s acclaimed absurdist comedy in a National Theatre Live presentation from the Old Vic London. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonion, San Jose]

Elizabeth Cook: The country singer-songwriter and Grand Ole Opry regular plays from “Exodus of Venus,” her first album in six years, headlining a show with Dead Rock West, an alt-country rock group featuring Cindy Wasserman and Frank Lee Drennen. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]


FRIDAY, SEPT. 29

Hong Kong Cinema: The three-day SFFILM festival opens with “Our Time Will Come,” Ann Hui’s drama about heroic resistance fighters during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong from 1941–44; producer Roger Lee is expected to attend. [6:15 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Adam Ant: The U.K. post punk artist who hit big in the 1980s is on his “The Anthems-The Singles” tour, playing chart-topping singles as well as rare singles, B sides and personal favorites. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Jackets/Darts: The garage-punk-psych-freakbeat trio based in Bern, Switzerland, appears on a bill with the Phoenix/Los-Angeles “garage-psych goddesses.” [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Bubbles & Beignets: The New Orleans’ themed cocktail reception is a benefit for Tangible Hope Foundation, which assists girls living in poverty in rural Ethiopia. [6 to 9 p.m., Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant St., S.F.]

Robyn Hitchcock with Yo La Tengo: The quirky rockers are performing Hitchcock’s 1981 solo debut, “Black Snake Dîamond Role” in its entirety. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Speechless Marathon: The second annual 24-hour event is a “one-of-a-kind” overnight comedy marathon featuring more than 100 performers (including Bay Area talent from comedy and technology), along with games and demos, wellness services, prizes and refreshments. [8 p.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday, Folsom Street Foundry, 1425 Folsom St., S.F.]

Middle Kids: The Australian trio’s sound has been called “heartfelt,” with “clever ruminations at the intersection of indie rock and alt-country.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Spanish Harlem Orchestra: The Grammy-winning band — which is on a mission to maintain and expand the legacy of salsa dura (“hard salsa”) — plays a concert in honor of the Redwood City Salsa Festival’s 10th anniversary. [9 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]CalendarChristina SeelyElizabeth CookHong Kong CinemaJessica Levant photosNathan EnglanderSF Symphony with Jeremy DenkShanna Farrell

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