Cool things happening in San Francisco during the next day or two. Check them out:
– The pop opera The Rosenbach Company is at 8 tonight (May 14) at the Jewish Community Center. The piece is by Ben Katchor (projections, text and direction), the author of the comic-strip series Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, The Cardboard Valise, Hotel & Farm and The Jew of New York. You’ve probably seen his work in the New Yorker. Mark Mulcahy composed the score and performs the role of Abe Rosenbach. Mulcahy has released the albums Fathering, Smilesunset and In Pursuit of Your Happiness. He also composed the music for the TV series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” with his fictional TV band, Polaris. At the JCC, Katchor’s picture stories and drawings will be on exhibit in an exhibition called “The Backlit Word” through June 30. The exhibition is free.
Tickets for The Rosenbach Company, which tells the story of the world’s preeminent rare book dealer in the first half of the last century, are $15-$22. Call 415-292-1233 or visit www.jccsf.org/arts for information. The JCCSF is at 3200 California St., San Francisco.
– 42nd Street Moon celebrates its 15th anniversary with a world-premiere revue: Peddling Rainbows, a tribute to the lyrics of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, whose most famous song (with Harold Arlen) was “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Among his other hits are “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “April in Paris,” “Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe” and “Down with Love.” The cast includes Andrea Brembry, Bill Fahrner, Susan Himes-Powers, Maggie May, Peter Sroka, Scarlett Hepworth and Alexander Nee. Previews begin Thursday, May 15, and the show continues through May 25 at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco. Tickets are $22-$38. Call 415-255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.
– Comedy troupe Killing My Lobster and Intersection for the Arts pair up to present a one-night-only film event: KML Gets Reel. This group fundraiser-auction-short film showcase will screen some of KML’s most beloved short films and preview the new short film Orifice Visit and the mini-feature Evolution: The Musical (above). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the screening begins at 8 at Intersection, 446 Valencia St., San Francisco. Tickets are $10-$20 on a sliding scale. Visit www.killingmylobster.com for information.
Here’s the trailer for Evolution: The Musical: