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Aug. 2-3: Chad Daniels, David Peritz, Joel Selvin, Kim Shuck, Crosscut, Bolero y Mas, David Gerard, Matthew Dolan, Toad the Wet Sprocket

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Comedian Chad Daniels begins a four-evening run at The Punch Line. (Courtesy photo)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2

Chad Daniels: The comedian who tweeted about San Francisco’s Punch Line, “Last time I was there I got the club a one star yelp review, come and get it,” kicks off a four-day engagement there; Reggie Steele and Ray Molina open. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Party Under the Palms: Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture hosts a ($45-$55 per ticket) East Bay session of “Summer Cocktails of the Farmers Market” with drinks and bites by local bartenders and chefs. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Jack London Square Palm Plaza, Embarcadero at Webster Street, Oakland]

David Peritz: The co-chair of the Politics Department at Sarah Lawrence College speaks on “Distorted Democracy: Some Structural Roots of the Dysfunction of Contemporary Politics.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Joel Selvin: The veteran Bay Area pop music writer discusses his book “Altamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock’s Darkest Day.” [7 p.m., Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

Kim Shuck: San Francisco’s incoming poet laureate reads new and selected poems in a session also featuring Tongo Eisen-Martin, Nellie Wong, Clara Hsu and Ed Dang. [7:30 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Crosscut: The Bay Area band — which counts early Delta blues, Memphis and Chicago electric blues, soul from STAX and Motown as influences — plays a free concert. [2 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Bolero y Mas: The Bay Area salsa band plays a free People in Plaza lunchtime show. [Noon, 525 Market St., S.F.]

David Gerard: The performer showcases magic and mindreading effects in his new show, “Signs.” [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Matthew Dolan: The chef from 25 Lusk is promoting “Simply Fish: 75 Modern and Delicious Recipes for Sustainable Seafood.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave. S.F.]

THURSDAY, AUG. 3

Toad The Wet Sprocket: The Santa Barbara band (lead singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning and drummer Randy Guss) celebrate the 20th anniversary of their fifth studio album “Coil.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Jay Leno: The former “Tonight Show” host (1992-2009) and car enthusiast does standup; singer-songwriter David Luning opens. [7 p.m., Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Bloodclot: The hardcore project, featuring John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, former members of Queens of the Stone Age (drummer Joey Castillo, bassist Nick Oliveri) and Danzig (guitarist Todd Youthr), appears with Negative Approach and War Bison. [8 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

An Evening with Johnnie To: SFMOMA Modern Cinema hosts the acclaimed veteran Hong Kong filmmaker and producer discussing his work and career with Noah Cowan. [7:30 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Exposed: The group show of works by six artists with developmental disabilities, an exploration and celebration of nudes and the human form, opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Creativity Explored, 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Rafe Bartholomew: The author discusses “Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad and Me,” his memoir about growing up in the oldest bar in New York City, where his father was a career bartender. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Michelle Richmond
: The San Francisco novelist speaks about her new release, “The Marriage Pact” — a “relentless psychological thriller” already optioned to Twentieth Century Fox. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

La Cenerentola: San Francisco Opera-affiliated Merola Opera Program presents Rossini’s warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

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