1 Chris Botti: His dreamy looks and semi-affiliation with the smooth jazz genre still have some folks dismissing Botti as a lightweight (I used to be among them), but he deserves better than that. The trumpeter plays with a clear, gorgeous tone and has a knack for melodic runs that sound effortless. No wonder musicians ranging from Herbie Hancock to Mark Knopfler to Sting have all seen fit to collaborate with him. Botti tends to be a big draw in the Bay Area, so if you are inclined to catch his current run at SFJazz Center in San Francisco, my advice is to snag tickets now.
Details: Seven shows today through Sunday; $55-$145; 866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org.
2 Singing visitors: Don’t look now, but The Bay Area is about to be paid visits from three Ivy League choral groups that are in the midst of some ambitious global tours. The Radcliffe Choral Society arrives this week with performances 8 p.m. Saturday in Palo Alto with the Stanford Chamber Chorale (free), noon Sunday in Portola Valley (free), 7 p.m. Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) in Berkeley ($20 suggested donation goes to local charities) and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in San Francisco with the San Francisco Girls Chorus. Meanwhile, the Yale University Spizzwinks a cappella group, whose tour includes a stop in each member’s hometown (Paul Gross is the Bay Area member), performs 1 p.m. Sunday in San Francisco and 5 p.m. Sunday in Berkeley ($14.99 each show). And the Harvard University Krokodiloes performs 8 p.m. Wednesday in San Francisco ($30).
Details: More information is at www.radcliffechoralsociety.com; https://spizzwinks.ticketbud.com and https://www.kroks.com/2018wintertour.
3 Engelbert Humperdinck: The legendary British pop singer last year released the album “50” — as in 50 years of a career that has seen him sell more 140 million records, release 35 platinum albums and charm fans around the world with his silky voice and self-effacing stage personality. And he’s still going strong, with a stop on his world tour Saturday at San Jose’s City National Civic.
Details: 8 p.m.; $45-$125; sanjosetheaters.org.
4 “1776”: Yes, every show that is about politics these days qualifies for the “newly relevant” tag. And you can certainly look at Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone’s musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence that way. Or just enjoy it for the fascinating, entertaining and occasionally moving play it is. Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is kicking off a production of “1776” this weekend.
Details: Saturday through Jan. 28; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $19-$39; 925-373-6800, lvpac.org, www.trivalleyrep.org.
5 “Menopause the Musical”: This 25-song comedic musical revue has been sending audiences into hot flashes of laughter (sorry) for 16 years now. So you can’t blame the folks at San Jose’s Hammer Theatre Center for booking the show.
Details: Through Jan. 21; $54-$72; www.sjsu.edu/hammertheatre.
6 Adele Givens: The tough-talking female-centric comedian out of Chicago might have made her biggest splashes on “The Queens of Comedy” and “Def Comedy Jam,” but the main focus of her career has always been working the stand-up circuit, delivering hilarious observations, opinions and advice to women in the bluntest terms possible. Givens lands at Pleasanton’s Tommy T’s Comedy Club Friday for a weekend run.
Details: Five shows Friday through Sunday; $25-$35; 925-227-1800, tommyts.com.
7 “Storied Streets”: This is an acclaimed documentary about homelessness in America, looking at the issue in several major cities and focusing much of the attention on the homeless themselves and those who are on the frontlines of efforts to battle what is one of the country’s most intractable problems. Antioch’s El Campanil Theatre is hosting a free screening of the film tonight, followed by a discussion on homelessness in Contra Costa County.
Details: 7 p.m.; www.elcampaniltheatre.com.
8 “Evelyn in Purgatory”: Topher Payne’s 2016 comedy-drama has been described as a “Breakfast Club” for teachers, as it focuses on a band of New York educators who have been hit with formal complaints about their job performances and are awaiting a hearing that never seems to arrive. San Jose’s Tabard Theatre Company is presenting the play beginning this weekend.
Details: Friday through Jan. 28; Theatre on San Pedro Square; $15-$44; www.tabardtheatre.org.
9 The Shellie Awards: The East Bay awards show honoring plays and musicals from the past year is back for its 39th year.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $30; 925-943-7469, www.lesherartscenter.org.
10 Muriel Anderson: Here’s a chance to catch one of the finest guitarists you’ve never heard of. Anderson’s wizardry as a finger-picking-style guitarist, and as a master of the harp guitar, has been documented in dozens of albums and instructional videos. She comes to Redwood City’s Club Fox tonight.
Details: 7:30 p.m.; $17-$20; www.clubfoxrwc.com.
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Trumpeter Chris Botti is a lot more than a pretty face