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Aug. 15-16: Ellen DeGeneres, Jack White, Clarence Bucaro, Dwayne Kennedy, Buddy Guy, Jason Kander, International Police Motor Skills Competition, David Byrne, Tattoo Tales, Washed Up on the Potomac, Circus Maximus

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Ellen DeGeneres appears in Davies Symphony Hall in three sold-out shows. (Courtesy Live Nation)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15

Ellen DeGeneres
: The television icon and entertainment pioneer is on her first standup comedy tour in 15 years, opening a sold-out three-day engagement. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jack White: The iconoclastic Grammy-winning garage rocker of White Stripes fame is promoting his third solo album, “Boarding House Reach” in the first of a two-night gig. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Clarence Bucaro: The Ohio-born singer, named on Rolling Stone’s 2018 list of top country and Americana artists, is promoting his new album “Passionate Kind.” [8 p.m., Lost Church, 65 Capp St., S.F.]

Dwayne Kennedy: The actor and comedian, who has appeared on “Totally Biased with Kamau Bell,” opens a four-night standup engagement, recording a live album. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Buddy Guy: The multi-award-winning singer and guitarist whose career has spanned five decades is touring with his 18th studio album “The Blues Is Alive and Well.” [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

Jason Kander: The former secretary of state of Missouri, candidate for Kansas City mayor and president of Let America Vote, a group dedicated to ending voter suppression, speaks with Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery. [6:30 p.m, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Remaking Rent Control-Does It Help or Hurt the Affordability Crisis?: The San Francisco Public Press hosts Bay Area housing experts in the session to identify potential solutions for renters and landlords. [5:30 p.m., Impact Hub, 1885 Mission St., S.F.]

Desi Comedy Fest: Bay Area-based Indian-born comedians Samson Koletkar and Abhay Nadkarni host the fifth annual South Asian stand up comedy extravaganza. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

THURSDAY, AUG. 16

International Police Motor Skills Competition: The three-day contest and exhibition — which features motorcycle officers showcasing “amazing” skills used when policing on a bike and is a fundraiser for the San Francisco Police Department Wilderness Adventure Youth Program — opens. [5 p.m., Pier 32, Embarcadero, S.F.]

David Byrne: The rock and art pop veteran is playing songs from his latest album “American Utopia” as well as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads with a 12-piece band. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Tattoo Tales: The Porchlight storytelling series, in connection with the exhibition “Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo,” features Shotsie Gorman, TK Moyer, Taemon Omololu, Dominic Riley, Karen Roze, Penelope Starr and hosts Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. [7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Washed Up on the Potomac: San Francisco Playhouse stages the premiere of the play by Lynn Rosen about three proofreaders in Washington D.C. who are haunted by memories of a coworker whose body may have washed up on the banks of the Potomac. [7 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Circus Maximus: Ambitious, site-specific theater troupe We Players’ begins preview performances of its new adaptation of “Julius Caesar,” a collaboration with Circus Center. [5:30 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Elvis Presley’s ‘68 Comeback Special: On its 50th anniversary, the show, which aired Dec. 3, 1968, representing the singer’s first live television performance in seven years, comes to the big screen. [7:30 p.m., AMC, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Mattson 2: Twins Jared and Jonathan Mattson, who have re-imagined John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” headline a bill with Astronauts, etc., the solo project of Oakland-based Toro y Moi keyboardist Anthony Ferraro. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Worldcon: The annual international gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians and other opens its five-day run. [9 a.m. to 10 p.m., McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Kristan Higgins: In her latest book, “Good Luck With That,” the best-selling romance writer tackles body image and self-acceptance. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

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