Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 16-18: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Sixto Rodriguez, Erasure, Charlie Puth, Merola Grand Finale, Polk Street Blues Festival, Festival of the Sea, 20th Street Block Party


Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker: The country stars co-headline their Summer Plays On Tour with special guest Russell Dickerson. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

The Commons’ 3rd Thursdays Block Party: The August entertainment lineup of the once-a-month free outdoor summer festivities (with food trucks and adult beverages) offers Sonny & The Sunsets, Banzai Cliff and Golden Gram! [5 to 9 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk, Larkin, Grove and McAllister streets, S.F.]

Stanford Summer Jazz: Composer and multi-instrumentalist Justin Rock appears in the ninth, penultimate show of the seasonal series of free concerts. [6 p.m., Plaza, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto]

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


Sixto Rodriguez: The evocative singer-songwriter came to the attention of the world as the subject of the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Erasure: The legendary synthpop duo (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) is on its “World Be Gone” tour, opening a three-night stand. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Charlie Puth: The pop singer-songwriter-producer — who broke out it in 2015 with the smash “See You Again” — is on his “Voicenotes” tour; Hailee Steinfeld opens. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View]

Poster Children: The indie rock band from Champaign, Ill., which formed in 1987, is playing from its new full-length album “Grand Bargain.” [8 p.m., Cafe du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Epic Reads-Secrets to Crafting Historical Fiction: The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter hosts the panel withwriters Mary Mackey and Mary Volmer. [Noon, Mechanics Institute, fourth floor, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Omar Apollo: The 20-year-old Mexican-American singer from Indiana appears in a sold-out show, playing his mix of jazz, R&B, funk, alternative, soul and pop. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Mt. Joy: After releasing its self-titled debut album in March, Rolling Stone called the Los Angeles-based band (originally from
Philadelphia) “your folk rock heroes.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dreamstate: On the first of its two days, Northern California’s biggest trance festival hosts ALPHA 9, ATB, Alexander Popov, Ferry Corsten, Vini Vici and more. [5 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Love is for Today, Programs are For Tomorrow: The solo exhibit of new mixed-media paintings by Tana Quincy Arcega (who uses household towels in her work) is inspired by writings of Mother Teresa; its opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia St., S.F.

Mascara vs. Cabellera: An exhibit of “visions of wrestling captured in paintings, drawings, photography and apparel” illustrating the surreal world of Mexican wrestling culture and a show of photos of fighters in the California Lucha Libre club opens with a reception. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Alicia Dattner: The comedian and Fringe Festival winner opens her new solo show “One Life Stand,” which she subtitles “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment & Other Disorders.” [8 p.m., Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley]


Merola Grand Finale: One of the world’s most prestigious and selective opera training programs concludes its 61st season with a concert featuring its 29 participating artists. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Polk Street Blues Festival: JoJo Diamond, Bobbie Webb and Alvon Johnson play the main stage in the first day of the weekend-long music and community event. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk Street, between California and Post streets, S.F.]

Festival of the Sea: The annual free event offers live traditional music, the chance to explore large and small boats and see historic riggers, as well as maritime crafts for young crew members. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.}

20th Street Block Party: The annual Noise Pop outdoor party features Empress Of, Jeff Rosenstock, The Marias, The She’s, FAN and The Total Bettys. [Noon to 6 p.m., 19th, 20th, Harrison and Bryant streets, S.F.]

Pub in the Park: The summertime series serves up festivities including a British-style inflatable pub, beer from local breweries, bluegrass music by Edgewood Mountain Boys and a “laid-back” place to socialize. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mezes Park, Warren and Standish streets, Redwood City]

Banda Sin Nombre: The Mission District band playing folk music from around the world hosts Un Viaje, billed as a “live music and drag day party.” [2 to 8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Katie Herzig: The California producer and singer-songwriter is known for her crystalline melodies, airy effects, zippy synths, gently propulsive beats and music featured on “Grey’s Anatomy.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dominion: The Australian animal rights documentary, which explores the morality and validity of humans’ dominion over the animal kingdom, screens, followed by appearances by activists Matt Johnson and Joyce Nolan. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Daria Rabotkina: The pianist appears in a solo spotlight performance in the second annual San Francisco International Piano Festival, playing a recital of works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Undiscovered SF: The monthly Filipino-inspired “creative night market” offers performances by Miles Medina, Mark Redito, Basi Vibes, JoogMac, Salty Sherilyn and DJ That Girl and wares by local artists. [4 to 10 p.m., Minna and Fifth streets, S.F.]

Bobi Céspedes Band: The powerhouse Cuban vocalist headlines an evening of Cuban music with Pellejo Seco and special guest percussionist John Santos. [8 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Mapache: Appearing on a bill with Grateful Shred, Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci’s recent album has been compared to music by Gene Clark, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Townes Van Zandt. [9 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats: The Los Angeles Times said “the soul-R&B-rock collective ranks as one of the most thrilling arrivals of recent years, its reputation stoked considerably by the group’s incendiary live shows.” [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

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