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Hit List: Best Music, Art & Culture Mar 22-28

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PERDEDOR: Columbian-born Spanish-language pop star Maluma is far from losing.

PERDEDOR: Columbian-born Spanish-language pop star Maluma is far from losing.

A new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel comes to City Lights Theater.  ‘Frankenstein’  tells the tale of Victor Frankenstein and his monster with a modern-day twist and with the aid of cutting edge technology. Intent on examining what “it truly means to be human, and the plight of the outsider,” City Lights gives the story a fresh perspective and uses a lighting technique known as projection mapping, which produces realistic visual effects on a three-dimensional plane. The show runs through April 23.  Also this week: Maluma comes to San Jose on his first U.S. tour. The Columbian-born reggaeton artist is aiming to capture a whole new fanbase in the States.

Adapting History
Fri, 9:30am & 11:30am, $7
Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga
American history collides with the beats, spoken-word poetry and multiple personalities of musician, rapper and performance artist Dahlak. In collaboration with Montalvo Arts Center’s Educational Department, this one-man show presents a musical narrative aimed at challenging one-dimensional portrayals of the black experience in America. Weaving together the sounds of blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop, Dahlak explores adaptation in its many forms. Literally wearing multiple hats over the course of the show, the Def Poetry Jam alumnus demonstrates how code switching is not just a curious social phenomenon, but in fact a complex survival mechanism. (VS)

Adapting History – Dahlak – Montalvo Arts Center from Emily Lieu-Harris on Vimeo.

Liquid Sky
Sat, 9pm, $10
BackBar SoFa, San Jose
Like so many guitarists, Freddie Mabunga is an ardent admirer of Jimi Hendrix. However, instead of just aping the late, great Voodoo Child in his bedroom, Mabunga decided to get a band together with the aim of recreating the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Rounding out his power trio with drummer Kevin Nagel and bassist Mark Welker, Liquid Sky deliver faithful renditions of “Purple Haze,” “Foxy Lady,” and “Manic Depression,” all while dressing the part in bell bottoms, wide-lapeled frilly shirts and plenty of color. They share the stage with Oakland glam-rockers Death Valley Gypsies. (NV)

Ragazzi: Gloria!
Sat, 7:30pm, $17+
Mission Santa Clara
Featuring more than 200 singers from communities all over the Bay Area, the Ragazzi Boys Chorus has been training young singers and producing top-notch choral events for 30 years. Since 1987, Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Symphony Silicon Valley, Masterworks Chorale and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus among others. Gloria! will feature Glorias—Christian songs of praise—by Haydn and Vivaldi, choral music by Bach, and a collection of Russian, Latvian, Estonian and German folk songs. The boys will be joined by Ragazzi Continuo, an 11-singer chorus, featuring alumni of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus. (DSJ)

Sat, 8pm, $60+
City National Civic, San Jose
Juan Luis Londoño Arias, better known as Maluma, is a triple threat. Since his 2013 Latin Grammy nomination for best new artist, this singer, songwriter and producer has been taking the Spanish-speaking world by storm. Riding a wave of chart-topping hits like “Borro Cassette,” “Sin Contacto” and “El Perdedor,” this 23-year-old Colombian-born reggaeton artist has sold out concerts all over South America and worked with some of the biggest names in Latin pop, including Ricky Martin and Shakira. Maluma aims to expand his fan base when he comes to San Jose this week on his first U.S. tour. (DSJ)

Temirzhan Yerzhanov
Sat, 7:30pm, Free
CSMA, Mountain View
One of the world’s best pianists also happens to be a CSMA faculty member. Temirzhan Yerzhanov is an award-winning player with an extensive list of accomplishments—including a gold medal from the International Robert Schumann Piano Competition. Yerzhanov has toured the world and has been featured in orchestras from the Sacramento Philharmonic, to the Symphony Orchestra of India. Trained at the famous Central Music School in Moscow, this acclaimed conductor, director and soloist will perform Tchaikovsky’s Children’s Album and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. (DSJ)

Catapult The Dead
Sat, 9pm, Free
Caravan Lounge, San Jose
The ominous, long-held opening chord on All Is Sorrow recalls the opening strains of Bach’s famous “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor”—minus the rapid-fire finger work. Oakland-based doom band Catapult The Dead prefer to take their time developing their songs. Case in point: they took a page out of Sleep’s playbook by eschewing track listings and presenting All Is Sorrow as a single 37-minute track. For more than half an hour, their album’s title track sprawls through eerie synth patches, haunting piano plunks and plenty of chugging, palm-muted guitar riffs and guttural growling—natch. (NV)

II Volo
Mon, Mar 27, 8pm, $60-100
City National Civic, San Jose
Much like The Three Tenors before them, II Volo have found massive commercial success by combining Latin pop sensibility with classical operatic training. Discovered in 2009 on an Italian TV singing competition, this “popera” trio eventually landed a deal with Geffen Records, making them the first Italian artists to directly sign with an American recording label. Their 2015 album L’Amore Si Muove was certified double platinum by FIMI, Italy’s version of the RIAA. On their current tour, Notte Magica, the group pays homage to their heroes—Plácido Domingo, José Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti. (BS)

Tue, 7pm, $15+
The Ritz, San Jose
Big riffs and even bigger attitude are on the menu when Zeke and Nashville Pussy swing into town. Power shifting through hardcore straight into muscle-car blues metal, Seattle-based Zeke have been kicking out the jams since 1992—drawing comparisons to MC5, Motorhead and The Dwarves. They are celebrating 25 years of partying and playing fast. When it comes to fusing punk rock ethos with Southern metal charm, few are better than Nashville Pussy. Hailing from Atlanta, this fearsome foursome have been crafting hard-charging, harder-living rock & roll tunes since 1996. (NV)

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