Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 23-25: Circus Maximus, Chefs Cutting Carbon, Ada Limón, Dawsondancesf, Face on the Barroom Floor, Eat Drink SF, Peace Festival, Sunset Idea House, Vintage Paper Fair, FourSquared

THURSDAY, AUG. 23

Circus Maximus: Ambitious, site-specific theater troupe We Players opens its new adaptation of Shakespeare’s political parable “Julius Caesar,” a collaboration with Circus Center. [5:30 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Farm to Table 2.0-Chefs Cutting Carbon
: Restaurateurs Dominique Crenn and Anthony Myint discuss carbon-neutral dining at session featuring appetizers from The Perennial. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Ada Limón: The award-winning poet reads from her collection “The Carrying,” followed by a conversation with local poet Matthew Zapruder. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

National Theatre Live: The London stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” starring Imelda Staunton comes to movie theaters in the first of two presentations. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

FRIDAY, AUG. 24

Dawsondancesf: “Mangaku,” choreographer Gregory Dawson’s contemporary ballet troupe’s new collaboration with saxophonist-composer Richard Howell, is a piece for nine dancers accompanied by live music from Howell’s jazz album of the same name. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

The Face on the Barroom Floor: San Jose Chamber Orchestra opens a four-performance run of the one-act opera by San Jose resident Henry Mollicone followed by clips of a documentary about the work. [7:30 p.m., 3Below Theater,288 S. Second St., San Jose]

Eat Drink SF: In its 10th year, San Francisco’s premier food and drink festival (tickets are $129-$229) serves up tastes from than 150 Bay Area restaurants; sessions continue Saturday-Sunday. [6:30 p.m. (VIP), 7:15 p.m. (general), Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Circus Arts Series: Dragon Productions presents the family-friendly “The Little Prince,” a circus show based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. [8:30 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Woman on Fire: Opening a three-weekend run, Those Women Productions stages the West Coast premiere of the drama of conflict between the demands of the state and the demands of the spirit, a contemporary spin on the Greek myth of Antigone. [8 p.m., Live Oak Theater, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Jared & The Mill: Opening for Arizona-based indie rockers Lydia, the catchy indie folk outfit from Arizona, a group of five best friends, has at the front Jared Kolesar, who says, “Our message is one of acceptance … in a way of acknowledging that we all have s— we regret.” [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

The Honorary Title: The acoustic indie rock band from Brooklyn plays “Anything Else But The Truth” in its entirety; Sun Valley Gun Club opens. [8:30 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, AUG. 25

Peace Festival: The free Western Addition event offers performances by local artists and motivational speakers, food, health and wellness resources, career services and a kid’s corner with face painting and crafts. [Noon to 5 p.m., Buchanan Street, between McAllister Street and Golden Gate Avenue, S.F.]

Sunset Idea House Silicon Valley: The 120-year-old Western home and lifestyle magazine opens a six-weekend event, offering $20 ticketed tours of its “cutting-edge spin on a classic Craftsman bungalow.” [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 44 Chester St., Los Gatos]

Vintage Paper Fair: Postcards, trade cards, photography, labels, brochures, Victorian items, sports memorabilia and “all manner of curious, beautiful and interesting old paper are for sale in the annual two-day event with free admission. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., County Fair Building, 1199 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

FourSquared: Sixteen artists offer up 16 small works (all priced under $500) in the ninth annual exhibition, which opens with a reception and runs through Oct. 6. [7 to 10 p.m., Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St., S.F. ]

TreasureFest: “Dog Days of Summer” is the theme of the $5 event, which promoters call “one part craft and vintage market, one part food festival and one part magic.” [10 a.m to 4 p.m., 500 Ave N., Treasure Island, S.F.]

Calpurnia: The indie rock band from Vancouver fronted by 15-year-old actor Finn Wolfhard is earning acclaim with its debut material, which Fader called “a lo-fi garage rock banger.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Ignite-a-thon: Bay Club launches its high-intensity-interval-training-meets-circuit class taught by creator Breann Mitchell with several free sessions; RSVP on eventbrite. [10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon, 150 Greenwich St., S.F]

Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival: Free admission, sidewalk art, drawing contests, ticketed chocolate tasting and vendor booths are part of the 20th annual festivities in the Gourmet Ghetto. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., North Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley]

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts: On its 37th anniversary, the free two-day event offers wares from more than 300 artisans, street painting, entertainment, wines and micro brews, gourmet foods and the popular kids’ art studio. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., University Avenue, between High and Webster streets, Palo Alto ]

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers 21st Anniversary: The brewery releases Gilded Ale (golden stout with gold glitter) and Syndicate Series No. 04 (barrel-aged vintage ale) at its birthday bash, which also offers food and live performances. [1 p.m. (VIP), 2 p.m. (general), 1195 Evans Ave., S.F.]

Film Night in the Park: “Lady Bird,” the acclaimed 2017 movie starring Saoirse Ronan as Sacramento teen, screens in the second of four free outdoor events presented by the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation. [Dusk, Washington Square Park, Columbus and Union streets, S.F.]

BandWagon Summer Music Series: Anchor Public Taps kicks off its outdoor performance series, running the last Saturday of the month through October, with Life Size Models, The Cires and Your Fearless Leader. [Noon to 6 p.m., 495 De Haro St., S.F.]

Fête Fatale: New Conservatory Theatre Center’s 2018 gala, an evening of pop up performances and refreshments, honors master of camp and longtime friend Charles Busch. [7 to 10 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Pete the Cat: Bay Area Children’s Theatre opens a four-weekend San Francisco run of the musical by Scottie Woodard, Sarah Hammond and Will Aronson based on the series by James Dean and Kimberly Dean about the feline who loves his white shoes. [1:30 and 4 p.m., Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Kiss: Shotgun Players and Golden Thread Productions present a preview performance of the West Coast premiere of the play by Guillermo Calderón, about actors who take on the task of performing a Syrian soap opera. [8 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., S.F.]

Sven & The Masterful Majestic Orchestra: The 17-piece orchestra plays classic crooner standards in the likes of Sinatra, Martin & Bennett; the bill also offers San Francisco’s cabaret dancers Hot Pink Feathers and the 1960s-inspired Not Yetis. [8 p.m.,Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Sis: Appearing on a bill with Oakland-based indie band Cave Clove, the San Francisco experimental pop project led by singer-multi-instrumentalist-lyricist Jenny Gillespie Mason celebrates the release of “Euphorbia,” an album for fans of Sade, Radiohead and Kate Bush. [9 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Alison Wonderland: “Awake,” the new album by the Australian producer (born Alexandra Sholler) debuted at the top of Billboard’s Top dance/electronic albums chart. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Jason Eady: The Mississippi-bred singer and guitarist — whose sound ranges from “blues-infused Americana to bare-bones re-imagining of classic country”– is touring with “I Travel On,” his seventh album, offering his loosest, liveliest tunes to date. [10 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

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