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Aug. 22-23: Monica Lundy, D. Wystan Owen, Steve Goldbloom, Korinsky Collective, Native Gardens, Drive East, Lillie Hitchcock Coit birthday celebration, Aish, Dawn Raffel

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Monica Lundy’s evocative portraits of women imprisoned in an asylum during Italy’s fascist regime are on view at Nancy Toomey Fine Art. (Courtesy Nancy Toomey Fine Art)

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22

Monica Lundy: Running through Oct. 13, the artist’s show of paintings called “Deviance: Women in the Asylum During the Fascist Regime” — portraits made with coffee, burned paper and charcoal of inmates from the Psychiatric Hospital of Sant’Antonio Abate in Italy — opens. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Nancy Toomey Fine Art, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

D. Wystan Owen: The Berkeley-based author — whose style has been compared to James Joyce, William Trevor and Elizabeth Strout — talks about “Other People’s Love Affairs,” his collection of sensitive short stories set in a seaside English village. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Steve Goldbloom: The creator of “Brief But Spectacular” on “PBS NewsHour” appears with two of the segment’s most popular guests — Flossie Lewis and Mahogany L. Browne — in an exploration of “authenticity and empathy in a curated, polarized world.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Korinsky Collective: An eclectic sound installation centering on the human voice by Berlin-based brothers Abel, Carlo and Max Korinsky opens. [1 to 3 p.m. and 7:30 to 10 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Native Gardens: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley begins previewS of the culture-clash comedy by Karen Zacarías about a Latino couple who buys a home in a upscale neighborhood. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Drive East: The five-day Indian dance and music festival, which includes 13 concerts with everything from bharatanatyam to ghazals, and kuchipudi to kathakali, opens with a 7 p.m. recital by Alam Khan on sarode, a stringed instrument, followed by odissi (dance) by Arushi Mudgal. [7 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Les Misérables: Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon — the show is the fifth longest-running Broadway production of all time — is in its final week in The City. [2 and 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Veterans Mental Health Summit: The sixth annual event — which aims to enhance access to mental healthcare needs of veterans and families in the Bay Area — brings together key stakeholders in the community. [8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 401 Van Ness Ave., second floor, Room 210, S.F.]

Six Organs of Admittance: The San Francisco neo-folk outfit headed by Ben Chasny headlines an acoustic tour with metal legends Xasthur and Wino, doing their thing MTV unplugged style. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Brandi Carlile: Rolling Stone called the folk-rocker’s new album “By the Way, I Forgive You” an “Adele-meets Joni Mitchell tour de force”; indie folk English singer-songwriter Jade Bird opens. [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

Kid Rock: The performer is on his “Red Blooded Rock N Roll Redneck Extravaganza Tour” with Brantley Gilbert and Wheeler Walker Jr. [6:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

THURSDAY AUG. 23

Jose Carlos: With influences including trova, Mexican folklore, jazz, funk and bossa nova, the U.S. born singer-songwriter, now living in Puerto Vallarta, released the single “Tu Boca” in May. [8 p.m., Battery, 717 Battery St., S.F.]

Lillie Hitchcock Coit 175th birthday celebration: A free ceremony honors the legacy of the patroness of San Francisco’s volunteer firefighters, who paid for the construction of the Coit Tower. [3 to 4 p.m., Coit Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill, S.F.]

San Francisco Campfire Stories: The evening of tales from “backcountry hunters and anglers” includes contributions from Kirk Lombard, Vicky Monroe, Mariana Maguire and Nick Zagaris. [6 to 9 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Faun Fables: Dawn McCarthy and Nils Frykdahl comprise the band, which combines ancient balladry, art songs, physical theater and rock in the free mid-day performance. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

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: Comic commentators Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett from “Mystery Science Theater 3000” take on the sci-fi cult classic in the first of two presentations this week. [8 p.m., Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

NYSS-West Coast Connections: The show of work by West Coast alumni of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture, curated by New York-based critic and curator Karen Wilkin, opens; a reception is at 7 p.m. Sept. 6. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hackett Mill, 145 Natoma St., Suite 400, S.F.]

Aish: The San Francisco singer-songwriter, playing “cinematic pop music with layered vocals, strings, harp and electronics,” headlines a show with Whitney Tai, Dagmar and For Now. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Dawn Raffel: The author of “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How A Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands Of American Babies” speaks with Adair Lara about the book, about how a man saved premature babies by placing them in incubators at expositions and side shows. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Joseph Di Prisco: The author of “The Pope of Brooklyn” speaks about “Sibella & Sibella,” described as a “part tell all, part mystery, part coming-of-age novel and biting look at the world of publishing.” [7 p.m., A Great Good Place for Books, 6120 La Salle Ave., Oakland]

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