Alicia Jo Rabins and Girls in Trouble. The indie-rock band will perform music about women of the Bible. Part of the Jewish Music Festival. At JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $22-$25.

“The Jewish Music & Poetry Project.” New music to texts by Jewish poets and female composers, as well as ostracized 20th-century composers. At Trinity Chapel, 2320 Dana St., Berkeley. 8 p.m. $10-$15.


“Jews and the Great American Songbook.” Jazz pianist, singer and NPR radio host Ben Sidran plays music based on his book “There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream.” Part of the Jewish Music Festival. At St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. 7 p.m. $22-$25. Also April 1 lecture and short performance at San Francisco Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin St., S.F. Free. 6 p.m.

“To Sing Away the Darkest Days.” Brother and sister duo Norbert and Linda Hirschhorn perform music from their latest book inspired by Yiddish folk songs. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 6 p.m. $5-$10.


Alan Kaufman

Jazzy night for Jewish poetry. After a successful debut last year, SFJazz Center’s poetry festival returns for a night dedicated to Jewish American poets. Hosted by David Meltzer, Beat poet and musician, the show will feature poetry from Alan Kaufman, author of the critically acclaimed memoir “Drunken Angel,” along with Marcia Falk and Jack Hirschman. 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 at SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F. $15.