Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 16-17: Ethos de Masquerade, Jarett Kobek, Tom Perrotta, James Forman Jr., Straight No Chaser, Incubus, Amir K, John Burley, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.


Ethos de Masquerade​: Campo Santo & The Global Street Dance Masquerade open a new, 10-show dance and theater performance series dedicated to the spirit of global masquerade rituals with an evening of stories by Sean San José​, Luis Alfaro ​and Colman Domingo. [8 p.m., Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

Jarett Kobek: The author of “I Hate the Internet” takes on the art scene in late-1980s New York City in his new novel, “The Future Won’t Be Long.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Tom Perrotta: The author of “Election,” “Little Children” and “The Leftovers” — all successfully adapted for the screen — speaks about his new novel “Mrs. Fletcher,” an “examination of sexuality, identity, parenthood” and mistakes people make when they’re not “sure of who they are or where they belong.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

James Forman Jr.: The Yale law professor discusses his book “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” which illustrates how incremental steps taken to promote civil rights gradually eroded opportunities of the people they were meant to help. [6 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Straight No Chaser & Post Modern Jukebox: The all-male a cappella group sings fun, unconventional mashups of pop tunes on a bill with the “pop music in a time machine” band, which reinterprets current pop, rock and R&B hits in vintage swing, ragtime and Motown styles. [7:30 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Incubus: The difficult-to-classify 1990s alt rock band with Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger and Jose Pasillas headlines a bill with Jimmy Eat World and Judah & The Lion. [6:45 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Amir K: The standup comic and cast member on the CW’s “MadTV” kicks off a four-night engagement, with openers Matt Lieb and Nathan Habib. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

John Burley: The author and emergency medicine physician who hit with his debut novel “The Absence of Mercy” is promoting his new psychological thriller, “The Quiet Child.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]


Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.: The seven-time Grammy Award-winning duo, original lead singers of the 5th Dimension, open a three night engagement of their cabaret act, filled with 1960s-70s hits and R&B, gospel, jazz, blues and pop tunes. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Coco Montoya: The veteran blues rock guitarist-vocalist — a protege of Albert Collins who played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for a decade — has a new Alligator Records album, “Hard Truth.” [7 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Steel Pulse: Since it began in 1975, the Grammy–winning reggae band has remained close to its roots fighting injustice, educating the masses and promoting positive messages through uplifting music. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

New Filipino Cinema: The nearly three-week film festival opens with “Sunday Beauty Queen,” about five Filipina domestic workers in Hong Kong who escape the dreariness of their daily lives and reclaim their dignity by giving themselves makeovers; a 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the screening. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Danya Kukafka: The writer speaks about her debut novel “Girl in Snow” — called by one critic “a propulsive mystery set in a suburban community marked by unsettling voyeurism” — in conversation with author Val Brelinski. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Hippie Modernism: Greg Castillo, UC Berkeley professor and guest curator of “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia” at the Berkeley Art Museum, discusses how countercultural design in the Bay Area enacted a new geography of “liberated territories” in a ticketed event presented by SF Heritage. [6 p.m., Variety Club Preview Room, 582 Market St., Suite 101, S.F.]

Decemberists: The indie rockers from Portland are sharing the stage with vocalist Olivia Chaney, who joined them on “The Queen of Hearts,” described as a “psychedelic odyssey through English folk traditions.” [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

RiffTrax Live Doctor Who: Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000, come back to the big screen with their comedy takes on 1983 Doctor Who film “The Five Doctors.” [8 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

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