Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 19-21: Rooney, The Revolution, Polk Street Blues Festival, Japanese Tea Garden Festival, Sixto Rodriguez, Kidchella, Daniel Siegel, Ed Sheeran, Last Day of Freedom, Dispatch


Rooney: Touring on its 2018 A Cosmic Interlude Tour, the catchy power pop band led by Robert Schwartzman — who directed an upcoming movie “The Unicorn” — has a new lineup and a new single “Do You Believe.” [8:30 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

The Revolution: Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, BrownMark and Dr. Fink — the band behind the late music icon Prince — close out the 81st season of the Stern Grove Festival’s free summer series. [2 p.m. Sigmund Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

Polk Street Blues Festival: Swamp Thang, Jay Bonet and Fillmore Slim play the main stage in the second day of the music and community event. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk Street, between California and Post streets, S.F.]

Summer Festival in the Japanese Tea Garden: Festivities include bonsai, a tea ceremony, folk dancing, ninja race, games for children, a kimono fashion show and members of the 2018 Northern California Cherry Blossom Court. [10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Puttin’ On The Glitz: The annual Help Is on the Way benefit for Meals on Wheels and AIDS Legal Referral Panel (which includes pre- and post-performance parties) features Mary Wilson, Leanne Borghesi, Eileen Bourgade, Carole Cook, Davis Gaines, Debby Holiday, Eric Krop, Kimberley Locke, Valarie Pettiford, Jai Rodriguez and Paula West. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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”; spiritual singer-songwriter Vera Sola, with her debut album “Shades,” opens. [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse: Special programming at the San Mateo County History Museum exploring what life was like in Great Britain from 1837 to 1901 includes crafts, tea and a fashion show. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City ]

Kidchella: The Hipwaders, called “The Beatles of the genre,” headline the third of four free concerts in the summer series especially for little ones. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Digital Dream Art: Harvard instructor Deirdre Barrett, whose digitally manipulated photographs on aluminum are based on her dreams, heads up a talk on dreams and creativity. [7 p.m., Water Studios Gallery, Node SF, 1011 Kearny St., S.F. ]

Burlingame on the Avenue: The 26th annual event offers products, food and beverages, live jazz, rock and blues bands and activities for kids. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burlingame Avenue, between California Drive and El Camnino Real, Burlingame]

Desi Comedy Fest: The fifth annual event, an 11-date affair across the region showcasing more comics of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Iranian, Syrian-Mexican, Libyan, Japanese and Filipino backgrounds, concludes its run in The City. [7 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]


Dr. Daniel Siegel: Kepler’s presents the psychiatrist and author of notable volumes on parenting in a discussion about his new book, “Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence,” which addresses the science that underlies meditation’s effectiveness. [7:30 p.m., Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]


Ed Sheeran: The English pop superstar comes to town in a sold-out stop on his 2018 North American Stadium Tour, joined by Snow Patrol. [7 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Last Day of Freedom: Directors Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman appear at a free screening of their Oscar-nominated animated short film about a man’s struggle to stand by his brother in the face of war and post traumatic stress disorder. [5:30 p.m., Swan’s Market, second floor, 538 Ninth St., Oakland]

Dispatch: The Boston-based indie jam band — Brad Corrigan, Pete Francis Heimbold and Chad Urmston — reunited in 2011 and released “America, Location 12” in 2017. [7 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Carolina Story: Nashville-based Ben and Emily Roberts, longtime Americana husband-and-wife band known for gorgeous harmonies, have found new vitality with the release of their heartfelt debut album “Lay Your Head Down.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Hickoids: The Austin, Texas cow punk heroes aka “the corniest band in the land” are about to celebrate their 35th anniversary. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

The Night is Short, Walk On Girl: Fathom Events present a subtitled screening of the animated Japanese romantic comedy by director Masaaki Yuasa about a young girl’s long night of partying and her encounters with eccentric characters. [7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bay Area Rally for Estella: Faith in Action Bay Area sponsors the “Unite Against Landlord Intimidation” event to assist an immigrant Burlingame single mother of two and renter who has faced discrimination from her landlord. [10 a.m., 400 County Center, Redwood City]

Logic launch: The magazine about technology and society presents contributors to its latest issue focused on failure. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

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