ED REED AT THE BIRD’S NEST
Ed Reed, the East Bay’s classic balladeer, sings his “Love Stories” this Sunday, 5-7 p.m., at fellow vocalist Cathi Walkup’s intimate (under 50 seats) loftspace, The Bird’s Nest, near the 29th St. Bridge over the Oakland Estuary. Brian Cooke, piano; Carla Kaufman, bass; Ron Marabuto, drums. $25 includes food & beverage. 510-534-6163 or cwalkup.com
“Rakugo” (Japanese sit-down comedy in English) is part of Japan’s rich, long and varied tradition of humor and comedy. Kaishi Katsura, comedian and ambassador from the Japanese Ministry of Culture, performs rakugo this Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Gaia Building. Katsura will perform some classics and some of his own work. $15 general, $10 student. Presented by the UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies. 642-3156 or ieas.berkeley.edu.cjs
TENNESSEE WILLIAM’S ‘OUT CRY’
Two actors, a brother and sister, abandoned by cast and crew, face an audience expecting a show. They improvise the Southern Gothic “Two Character Play”—or have they been living it all along? Directed by Oleg Liptsin.
Liptsin and Felecia Faulkner are joined by Martin David as the gentle Tennessee. Fri-Sat at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. through June 1 at The Next Stage (Trinity Episcopal Church), Gough Street at Bush, San Francisco. $15-25. 415-333-6389 or TicketWeb. www.internationaltheatreensemble.