CMC Centennial Gala
Commemorate a major milestone and help raise funds for the Community Music Center, which aims to make high-quality music education more accessible. Emceed by Renel Brooks-Moon, the CMC Centennial Gala headliners include Frederica von Stade, Jake Heggie and Paula West, to name just a few. Tickets: $500. 6–8 p.m. Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco.
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USF’s McCarthy Center 20th Anniversary
Join USF’s McCarthy Center in observing its 20th anniversary and honoring philanthropists and Gazette owners Janet and Clint Reilly, the recipients of the 3rd Leo T. McCarthy Award for Public Service. (Read more about the center and its community efforts in “A Higher Purpose,” page 56.) Tickets: from $1,000. 6–8:30 p.m. The Olympic Club, San Francisco.
NIAD Art Center’s Win Win 10
NIAD Art Center’s annual benefit auction, the aptly titled Win Win 10 — patrons acquire new pieces while also supporting artists like Peter Harris, whose work is shown here — returns with virtual (2–3:30 p.m.) and in-person (6–8 p.m.) festivities. Not only has the fundraiser reached the one-decade mark, but Richmond-based NIAD — which serves artists with developmental disabilities — is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Tickets: from $75.
International Guitar Night
For its 22nd edition, International Guitar Night delivers an incredible lineup of live music, showcasing acoustic rock phenom Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), progressive classical guitarist Thu Le (Vietnam), slack-key master and Grammy winner Jim “Kimo” West (Hawaii), and Latin Swing pioneer Lulo Reinhardt (Germany). Tickets: $35. 7–9:15 p.m. Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto.
San Francisco Symphony
Five string players from the San Francisco Symphony are taking their show on the road. Polina Sedukh, Jessie Fellows, Matthew Young, Barbara Bogatin and Charles Chandler will be performing at Kohl Mansion in Burlingame. The program includes works by Gioachino Rossini, Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery and Antonín Dvořák. Tickets: $22–$52. 7 p.m.
Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility comes to vivid life in this musical production by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. The show — directed by Robert Kelley and featuring book, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon — centers on two sisters navigating life after their father’s death. Through April 3. Tickets: from $30. Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto.
Peninsula Ballet Theatre’s Cinderella
Peninsula Ballet Theatre concludes its 54th season with the world premiere of Cinderella, choreographed by artistic director Greg Amato. The performance, based on the fairy tale by 17th-century French author Charles Perrault and inspired by a 1945 staging by the Bolshoi Ballet, is slated for the Fox Theatre in Redwood City. March 11, 7 p.m.; March 12, 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets: from $35.
An Evening by the Bay.
Join the Hillsborough Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service for its 58th annual gala, An Evening by the Bay. The benefit gets underway with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing to the Groove Doctors. Tickets: $350. Menlo Circus Club, Atherton.
Dress for Success San Francisco’s Casino Royale Sweet 16 Anniversary Gala
Fun is in the cards at Dress for Success San Francisco’s Casino Royale Sweet 16 Anniversary Gala. The event at the Palace Hotel — among the highlights are a cocktail reception, seated dinner and live auction — celebrates the nonprofit and the more than 9,000 women it has served. Tickets: from $500. 6–11:30 p.m.
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Red Cross Gala
In its 27th year, the Red Cross Gala, a volunteer-led fundraiser, returns to San Francisco City Hall. The black-tie bash — which includes cocktails, dinner, an auction and live music — fetes the humanitarian organization and supports its mission to assist those affected by disasters. Tickets: $1,250. 6 p.m.
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La Grande Fête
The two-month postponement of San Francisco Ballet’s gala, La Grande Fête, has no doubt stoked enthusiasm for the benefit. The red carpet rolls out at the War Memorial Opera House at 5 p.m., with a performance including multiple world premieres scheduled to start an hour later. Dinner at San Francisco City Hall follows. Tickets: from $1,500.
March Madness is coming to San Francisco for the first time since 1939, when the City played host at the California Coliseum on Treasure Island. Fun fact: The matchups were part of the inaugural NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament as well as the Golden Gate International Exposition, a world’s fair held three years after the Bay Bridge opened. This season’s West Regional games will be played at Chase Center on March 24 (two games) and March 26 (regional championship).
Igniting Hope Gala
Join supporters of the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation at the Palace Hotel for the Igniting Hope Gala. The organization will celebrate its 15th anniversary as well as honor its White Helmet recipients: Drs. Daniel Maloney, Jonathan Terdiman and Madhulika Varma. The evening includes a reception and sumptuous dinner, followed by an after-party with a hosted bar, desserts and dancing. Tickets: $45– $55.
The Underwater Bubble Show
If you’re a fan of Cirque du Soleil and stage technology, then don’t miss B— The Underwater Bubble Show. Characterized as a “modern fairy tale with one major twist,” the narrative follows Mr. B on his journey through fantastical worlds. Two shows are planned for the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, 4 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $45–$55.
The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show
The San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Fashion Show, presented in conjunction with Burlingame’s Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury, features haute couture designer Rabih Kayrouz. Enjoy a seated lunch and runway show, amid the grandeur of Saint Joseph’s Arts Society. Tickets: from $500. 11 a.m.
Edwardian Ball – Spring Revival
The Edwardian Ball, pushed back two months, is now billed as a Spring Revival. Expect a fantastical evening of theater, ballroom dancing, live music, Instagram-worthy fashions and more. Among the highlights is an original rendition of writer, costume designer and artist Edward Gorey’s The Wuggly Ump. April 1 and 2, 8 p.m.–2 a.m. Tickets: $145. The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco.
ODC/Dance’s 50+ Anniversary Gala
Dine, drink and dance the night away at ODC/Dance’s 50+ Anniversary Gala. And the festivities continue with a post-show shindig. The elegant affair — taking place at the Forum at YBCA in San Francisco — is part of Dance Downtown, which spans two weekends (March 31– April 10). Gala tickets: from $275 (tables available); performance and after-party: $175.
Art Changes Lives
Creativity Explored’s annual gala, Art Changes Lives, returns to an in-person format. Enjoy cocktails and dinner, as well as auctions and a Mode Brut fashion show that includes ensembles from the recent exhibition at the Museum of Craft and Design. Tickets: from $250. (You can also donate a ticket for a CE artist to attend.) 5–9 p.m. City View at Metreon, San Francisco.