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February 14, 2013

ABADAFebruary 15, 7:30 p.m., at Pleasanton Civic Arts at the Firehouse Arts Center: A musical variety show starring kids between six and 18, including soloists and ensembles. A must for parents and young musicians in the East Bay who want to see and hear what their peers are doing. Tickets: $12 at the door; $8 in advance. For more information, call (925) 931-4848.

February 16, noon to 5 p.m., Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University: a “meet-up-style” afternoon offered by instrument aficionados, builders, inventors, and members of the instrument-building community near and far. And so a chance to meet people, watch demonstrations and performances. It’s a hands-on event and all ages are welcome. Admission is free. More information.

February 16, 11 a.m. Something a little different: Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito presents a performance by ABADA Capoeira, an international organization focused on the Afro-Brazilian martial art that fuses acrobatics, dance, percussion, and song. Founded in 1991, by master capoeira artist Marcia Treidler, “Mestranda Cigarra,” this interpretation of Capoeira grew out of the experience of African slaves in Portuguese-colonized Brazil who developed this rigorous form of self-defense. ABADA shows how they camouflaged the art with music, song, and dance so they could practice it undetected. Tickets are $7 for members; $17 for general admission. More Information.

Mark MacNamara, a San Francisco-based journalist, has written for such publications as Nautilus, Salon, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Vanity Fair.  Recent pieces for San Francisco Classical Voice include profiles of San Francisco Symphony Executive Director Brent Assink, and the great violinist, Midori; along with essays on Teddy Abrams’s effort to build political bridges with music and Philip Glass’s dream to build a cultural center on the Pacific Coast.