Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 1-2: Ocean Discovery Month, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Tenderloin Talk Live, Brother Dege, Valley Queen, Little Village, Same Girls, Ryan Hamilton, Kedr Livanskiy, Kim Nalley

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1

Ocean Discovery Month: The Exploratorium opens a month-long series devoted to ocean health, climate change and awareness of the Earth’s underwater ecosystems with plankton discovery activities, a tour with cell biologist Jennifer Frazier and the opportunity to view organisms under a powerful microscope. [10:30 a.m.. 11 a.m. (tour) and 3:30 p.m., Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, S.F.]

Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam: The alt-country, Americana and heartland rock greats are on their cleverly titled LSD Tour. [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Tenderloin Talk Live: Community members are invited to discuss opportunities to get involved in beautification projects and efforts to make the neighborhood cleaner, safer and “more vibrant.” [5 p.m., 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center, 180 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Brother Dege: The “Cajun swamp-a-delic bad boy” releases his fourth album “Farmer’s Almanac.” [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Valley Queen: Vocalist-guitarist Natalie Carol heads up the Los Angeles-based rock quartet, playing its debut album “Supergiant” in a Noise Pop show. [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Little Village: The nonprofit label promoting notable American roots musicians celebrates its 2018 album with a concert showcasing contributing artists Ada Pasternak, Aki Kumar, Marcel Smith, Marina Crouse, Mariachi Mestizo, Maurice Tani and Whitney Shay. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

The Body: The Portland avant-garde metal, sludge doom noise outfit’s 2018 recording is “I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Priya Satia: The professor of History at Stanford University discusses her book “Empire of Guns,” which “upends” the notion that the Industrial Revolution was “a triumphant story of innovation and technology.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

The Dog’s Guide to Surfing!: Several days before the World Dog Surfing Competition on Saturday in Pacifica, participants and enthusiasts share stories and tips for those who want to “catch a wave with their four-legged pals.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Grateful Dead Meet-Up: The eighth annual event is a one-night presentation of the band’s concert recorded at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia on July 7, 1989. [7 p.m., AMC Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, AUG. 2

Same Girls: The Oakland band, playing “jangly guitar pop with a sense of urgency” appear on a bill with Los Angeles-based R&B artist Satchy and So Much Light. Sacramento “electropop maestro” Damien Verrett. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Ryan Hamilton: Opening a three-night engagement, the standup comic (whose new special is “Happy Face”) is known for clean material, and counts Jerry Seinfeld and Drew Carey as fans. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Kedr Livanskiy: The producer from Moscow (aka Yana Kedrina) has said, “Synthesizers help me maximally feel the present moment.” [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Pilipinx American Library: Bay Area poets Barbara Jane Reyes, Catalina Cariaga and Shirley Ancheta appear at a reception to open the new space, dedicated to the writings of poet, activist and oral historian Al Robles (1930–2009). [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Depth Charge Presents: San Francisco’s “dark, intergalactic rock” band Cassiopeia headlines a show with Moon Daze and The Ceiling Fans. [9:30 p.m., S.F. Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.]

Kim Nalley: The jazz and blues singer — with pianist Tammy Hall, bassist Michael Zisman, drummer Kent Bryston and saxophonist Houston Person — kicks off a two-week gig. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Waterfront Flicks: Jack London Square’s free outdoor movie series screens “Bridesmaids.” [Sundown, Ferry Lawn, 10 Clay St., Oakland]

Bayview Uncorked: The fourth edition of the community event features beverages from local wineries and breweries, bites from area eateries and representatives from the Bayview, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill’s art and music scene. [6 to 9 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Castro Art Walk: Participating businesses in the Castro invite visitors to explore the area by offering art on display, activities and refreshments in the first Thursday-of-the-month event. [6 to 9 p.m., Castro, Market, 17th and 18th streets, S.F.]

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