From the streets of Paris to the Louisiana bayous, the accordion has serenaded its way into musical traditions around the world, including klezmer music. Ethnomusicologist and klezmer accordionist Marion Jacobson will be in the Bay Area for accordion performances and book signings for her recent title, “Squeeze This! A Cultural History of the Accordion in America.”
Concert and book signing at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 at Smythe’s Accordion Center, 416 25th St., Oakland. Free. (510) 268-4084. Also Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 book signing at Cotati Accordion Festival, 60 West Cotati Ave., Cotati. 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. $15-$25. www.cotatifest.com.
“The Great American Songbook.” Vocalist Connie Ducey, pianist Judy Hall and bassist Ryan Lukas perform classical and pop standards. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Lunch at 12 p.m., program at 12:45 p.m. $4-$10. www.marinjcc.org.
“Khrustalyov, My Car!” Aleksei Guerman’s 1998 film on Stalin’s “Doctor’s Plot,” in which predominately Jewish doctors were imprisoned and murdered. At Pacific Film Archive Theater, 2575 Bancroft Way, Berkeley. 6 p.m. $5.50-$9.50. www.bampfa.berkeley.edu.
Nigunim Chorus weekend retreat. Singing and dancing classes, hiking and swimming with the community folk chorus. At River’s Bend Retreat Center, 18450 Rays Road, Philo. Through Aug. 26. $255-$330. www.nigunim.org.
Saul Kaye. Jewish blues musician performs. At Congregation Shir Shalom, 252 W. Spain St., Sonoma. 7:30 p.m. $18-$20. www.shir-shalom.org.