Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares appear in “The Phantom of the Opera,” onstage at the Orpheum through Sept. 30. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy)

Sept. 5-6: Phantom of the Opera, SF Symphony opening, T-Mobile Trailblazers, Sarah & Evan Rich, T-Mobile Trailblazers, Shane Evans, Garrett + Moulton Productions, Shakira, Jade Bird, SF Fringe Festival, Dead and Breathing


The Phantom of the Opera: Opening a run through Sept. 30, Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh’s production boasts the legendary chandelier and famed tunes including “Music of the Night” performed by a 52-member cast and orchestra. [7:30 p.m., SHN’s Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony Opening Night: Michael Tilson Thomas launches the orchestra’s 2018–19 season with a concert featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman and students of the Perlman Music Program along with gala festivities. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Sarah & Evan Rich: The proprietors of Michelin-starred Rich Table, one of The City’s most coveted reservations, are promoting their debut cookbook, which has recipes from the restaurant and foods the Riches prepare for friends and family at home. [6:30 p.m., Ominivore Books, 3885a, Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling: The award-winning rock band headed by Amy Lee co-headlines with the electronic violinist Stirling. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

T-Mobile Trailblazers: The series offering appearances by experts in tech, gaming, music and food opens with a free live performance by lovelytheband, known for the hit “Broken.” [5:30 p.m., T-Mobile San Francisco Signature Store, Stockton and Ellis streets, S.F.]

Mia Ayumi Malhotra: The author launches her debut collection of poems “Isako Isako” (which follows a four generations of the women in a Japanese American family) in an event with poet Jennifer S. Cheng and experimental improv drummer Paul Sakai. [7:30 p.m., Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Black Peter: The Best of Czechoslovak Cinema series presents a free screening of Milos Forman’s 1964 directorial debut, a coming-of-age story of a teen unsuccessful at his first job as a security officer in a department store. [6:30 p.m., Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Faith in Action Bay Area: The network of congregations and community leaders working to ensure that the dignity of all people is upheld hosts kickoff event, “Get Together, Listen, and Turn It Around!” [7 p.m., All Souls Catholic Church, 315 Walnut Ave., South S.F.]

Art, Activism, Activation: Photographers, artists and activists participating in the exhibition “COAL + ICE” discuss their work, which is designed “to spark dialogue on global issues of climate change.” [6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Slow Hollows: The four-piece band from the San Fernando Valley, which began as the solo project of Austin Anderson, has evolved from its post punk roots. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Shahrzad Dance Company: Presented by the San Francisco Public Library’s program showcasing Southwest Asian and North African cultural heritage, “The Art of Persian Dance” is an interactive performance shedding light on the ancient, mysterious art form. [3 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch Library, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

¡Murales Rebeldes!-L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege: Running through Sept. 16, the exhibit explores the ways in which Chicana/o murals in the greater Los Angeles area have been whitewashed, censored, neglected and/or destroyed. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]


Shane Evans: The author-illustrator of the award-winning picture book “Underground” — which tells the story of a 19th century African-American family of slaves as they escape from a plantation — speaks in the San Francisco Public Library’s 22nd annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Garrett + Moulton Productions: “Stabat Mater and Mad Brass” are “joyful” world premieres by choreographers Janice Garrett and Charles Moulton, known for creating full-length pieces with large casts. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Shakira: The Colombian pop star brings her delayed El Dorado tour to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Jade Bird: The New York Times called the up-and-coming musician an “English songwriter with a country-rock streak and a furious rasp when she gets riled.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

San Francisco Fringe Festival: Exit Theatre opens its 27th annual non-curated festival of dozens of short theater pieces from local, Southern California and East Coast artists with “The Stage Manager,” “Naked Zombie” and “The Folk This! Songbook”; performances continue through Sept. 15. [7 p.m., Exit Multiplex, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Dead and Breathing: Theatre Rhinoceros presents the regional premiere of Chisa Hutchinson’s dramedy about a woman with cancer who is intent on dying and the Christian nurse who cares for her; opening night includes a post-show reception. [8 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

The Shoots: The exhibit, about the making of “Life Is Fare,” a Tigrinya and English language movie exploring different perspectives on the nation of Eritrea filmed in the Tenderloin, opens with a reception. [6:30 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Haines Gallery: A reception opens two shows: Iranian-American artist Shiva Ahmadi’s “Burning Song,” with paintings, sculptures and videos drawing from Middle East traditions and reflecting on contemporary geopolitical tensions, and abstract painter David Simpson’s “The War Room,” a recent series evoking “cacophonous images of conflict.” [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 540, S.F. ]

Lauren Speeth: The novelist launches “Thread for Pearls: A Story of Resilient Hope,” a coming-of-age tale set between 1962 and 1982 about young heroine’s “journey to faith and freedom amid a turbulent family dynamic.” [6 p.m., Elfenworks Productions, 30 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo]

Daniel Reichard: The Broadway star (who played Bob Gaudio in the original cast of “Jersey Boys”) appears in his cabaret act “Summer Playlist,” an “eclectic collection of songs, drawing from multiple decades and genres of music.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Two Friends: Los Angeles-based Matt Halper and Eli Sones have morphed from high school bedroom producers to one of the scene’s most “promising dance music duos.” [7:30 p.m., Cornerstone, 2637 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]Dead and BreathingGarrett + Moulton ProductionsJade BirdPhantom of the OperaSarah & Evan RichSF Fringe FestivalSF Symphony openingShakiraShane EvansT-Mobile Trailblazers

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