The Bay Area is a hub of artistic expression, attracting artists, writers and musicians from around the globe to live, work and create. We highlight some of the offerings here.
• “Early Rubens”: Fans of the Dutch Masters’ Baroque painting are in for a treat at the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco, which is hosting a show devoted to the early works of Peter Paul Rubens. The show includes classic examples of his intense religious imagery, portraitures and more. “Early Rubens” runs through Sept. 8 at the museum in Lincoln Park, admission is $13-$28; 415-750-3600, legionofhonor.famsf.org
• Christian Tetzlaff: Why settle for one supremely talented Tetzlaff, when you can have two? Acclaimed German violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who dazzled San Francisco Symphony audiences in Davies Hall a few weeks ago with an elegant performance of Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto, is back in town, and he’s got his sister Tanja and her prized 1776 Guadagnini cello with him. Joined by their frequent collaborator Lars Vogt on piano, the trio will delve into melodious music by Mozart and Dvorak and then scale the dizzying challenges of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Trio in a recital for San Francisco Performances, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Herbst Theatre, San Francisco; $45-$70; 415-392-2545, sfperformances.org/
• “Julius Caesar”: Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about power and its corrupting consequences gets a stunning adaptation in Arthur Nauzyciel’s production staged by the Théâtre National de Bretagne, set in the JFK era and featuring a live jazz score. The show comes to UC Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on Saturday and Sunday, presented by Cal Performances; tickets are $30-$98; 510-642-9988, www.calperformances.org
• Smuin Contemporary Ballet: The beloved San Francisco troupe, celebrating its 25th year, presents “Dance Series 02,” featuring several of its most popular works as well as a brand new piece by former company dancer and choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert inspired by the massive “Women’s Wall” protest over gender inequality in India, set to a score performed by the East Bay women’s chorus Kitka. The program will be performed Friday through May 5 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, before traveling May 17-18 to the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; May 23-26 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts; and May 31-June 1 at the Sunset Center, Carmel; tickets are $25-$81; www.smuinballet.org.
• “PAW Patrol Live”: The Nickelodeon animated series about a boy and his squad of search and rescue pooches has been delighting kids for six seasons. Now comes a touring live version of the show, in which the gang must find a secret treasure map to rescue old friend Cap’n Turbot. There are six performances Friday through Sunday at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts; tickets are $19-$150; sanjosetheaters.org