1 OMAR SOSA: The Cuban-born pianist, composer and bandleader has been a rich part of the Bay Area's Latin jazz scene since the mid-1990s. He brings a new musical venture, Quarteto Afrocubano -- also featuring percussionist Ernesto Simpson, Leandro Saint-Hill on saxophone and flute, and Mozambican Childo Tomas on bass -- to gigs in San Francisco July 19 and Santa Cruz July 21.
Details: 7:30 p.m. July 19, SFJazz's Miner Auditorium, $18-$50; www.sfjazz,.org (the show is currently listed as sold out but the website advises to check back on concert day for late ticket releases); 7 p.m. July 21, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, $25-$30, http://kuumbwajazz.org.
2 "TWELFTH NIGHT": One of Shakespeare's mistaken-identity comedies is getting the Jon Tracy treatment. The acclaimed Bay Area stage director with a knack for putting a fresh face on classics is staging "Twelfth Night" with a live Americana soundtrack built on banjo, guitar, mandolin, violin, washboard, drums and accordion music.
Details: Presented by Shotgun Players through Aug. 10 at Ashby Stage, Berkeley; $20-$25; https://shotgunplayers.org.
3 SANTA CRUZ SHAKESPEARE: This is a wonderful story of a theater company that went dark but was revived when fans' passions (and financial generosity) overcame the economic realities facing many arts companies. Now Santz Cruz Shakespeare is producing the Bard's "As You Like It" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in repertory through Aug. 10 in the beautiful redwood glen on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
Details: $16-$48; http://santacruzshakespeare.org.
4 "WOODY GUTHRIE'S AMERICAN SONG": This is a concert version of the acclaimed stage musical exploring the life and songs of the folk icon. The cast features many of the same performers who brought the musical rave reviews, including Sam Misner in the title role. The concert production plays at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Thursday through Sunday.
Details: 8 p.m. July 17-19, 2 p.m. July 20; $28-$32; 510-644-2020; www.thefreight.org.
5 LA SANTA CECILIA: The Los Angeles Latin/alt-rock band is named for the patron saint of musicians. So maybe Saint Cecilia was looking on in January when the band won a Grammy for best Latin rock, urban or alternative album for its release "Treinta Dias." The band comes to Bing Hall at Stanford University on July 20, with another Grammy-winning outfit, the Bay Area Mexican folkloric band Los Cenzontles opening the show.
Details: 3 p.m.; $15-$35; 650-724-2464, http://live.stanford.edu.
6 JILL-MICHELE MELEÁN: The Irish-Bolivian comedian literally worked her way up from the streets of Los Angeles to gigs with "MADtv," a recurring role on "Reno 911" and appearances on a host of comedy shows, including Showtimes' "Hot Tamales." Now her solo show, "Rule Breaker," is in the early stages of being adapted for the big screen. She's a comedian who's heading places, and this week, she's headed to San Jose Improv.
Details: 8 p.m. July 17,, 8 and 10:15 p.m. July 18, 7 and 9:15 p.m. July 19; $20; http://sanjose.improv.com.
7 AN EVENING OF ONE-HUMAN BANDS: It might sound like a cheesy horror movie, but it's actually a tantalizing lineup at Berkeley's Starry Plough on July 18, featuring solo artists Amy X Neuburg, Joey Molinaro, Brian Kenney Fresno and Moe! Staiano. Expect a night of wildly imaginative musicianship, with instruments and electronics creating full-sounding performances of music ranging from folk to world beat to metal.
Details: 9 p.m.; $10-$15; www.thestarryplough.com.
8 "SHREK THE MUSICAL": Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre is tackling this blockbuster musical adapted from the DreamWorks film about an irritable ogre (with a heart of gold, of course) and his wisecracking donkey sidekick.
Details: Saturday through Aug. 3; Bankhead Theater, Livermore; $23-$38; www.mylvpac.com.
9 "ART OF CLIMATE CHANGE": The exhibit running through July 24 at the Sun Gallery in Hayward offers a wide variety of works and information on global warming and what it is doing to our planet. The curator, Dorsi Diaz, has covered climate change for the S.F. Examiner for six years.
Details: Free; more details at www.sungallery.org.
10 MUSIC VIDEO RACE: More than a dozen up-and-coming Bay Area musical acts were paired with filmmakers and given a challenging assignment: Create a new music video in 48 hours. Participating acts include Rin Tin Tiger, Rich Girls, Tynethys, Bill Baird, Taxes and The Tropics, among others. On July 20, the Independent in San Francisco will screen what they came up with.
Details: 7 p.m.; $14 advance/$16 door; www.apeconcerts.com.