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Details: Sept. 23-24 at Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, San Francisco; program repeats in March 2-5 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and March 24-25 at Sunset Sunset in Carmel in March; $25-$68; www.smuinballet.org. 2 “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny”: Redwood Symphony presents this infrequently performed three-act satirical opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht set in America’s wild west and incorporating both ragtime jazz and classical counterpoint. Known for its scathing attack on capitalism, “Mahagonny” is billed as the “opera Hitler hated,” as its early productions in Germany in the 1930s were forcibly disrupted by the Fuehrer’s minions pointe shoes brands. There is some sexual content and the production is not recommended for viewers under 12..
Details: 7:30 p.m pointe shoes brands. Sept. 24; Canada College Main Theatre, Redwood City; $10-$30 (free for 17 and under); www.redwoodsymphony.org. 3 Squeeze Electric: They aren’t Lennon and McCartney, but Squeeze principal songwriters Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook are hard to top when it comes to crafting utterly catchy pop songs, with melodies that cement themselves in your brain and storytelling lyrics that range from gloriously goofy to thoroughly devastating. The British band soared to prominence in the 1970s and ’80s with such hits as “Tempted” and “Pulling Mussels (from the Shell),” and last year released “Cradle to the Grace,” its first collection of new songs in 17 years. The band is plugged in on this tour, and land at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco Sept. 28. Opening the show is Look Park, the latest project featuring Fountain of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood..
Details: 8 p.m.; $50; www.slimspresents.com. 4 Ed Reed and Anton Schwartz: Two Bay Area jazz talents are teaming up to pay homage to saxophone legend John Coltrane and famed crooner Johnny Hartman. Reed is a gritty and talented East Bay singer enjoying success late in life after years battling drug and legal problems. Schwartz is an acclaimed and passionate saxophone player who’s been a mainstay of the local jazz scene for years. At SFJazz Center on Sept pointe shoes brands. 22, they’ll team to perform the classic 1963 album “Johnny Coltrane and Johnny Hartman.”..
Details: 8 and 9:30 p.m.; $15-$20; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org pointe shoes brands. 5 “Other Desert Cities”: Jon Robin Baitz’s 2011 play, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, follows the conflict that breaks out in a California family when a daughter, visiting for the holidays for the first time in years, announces she is writing a memoir about a tragic family incident. The searing drama is presented byu City Lights Theater, with John McCluggage, a longtime player in the South Bay theater scene, directing. Details: Sept. 24-Oct. 23; City Lights Theater, San Jose; $21-$37; 408-295-4200, http://cltc.org..