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Aug. 31-Sept. 1: Evie Ladin Band, Craig Fox, Camp Kill, Presidio Twilight, Howard Stone Show, Michael Mazza, Yappy Hour, Tom Gun Live!

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The infectious Evie Ladin Band — from left, Ladin, Keith Terry and Erik Pearson — plays a free Yerba Buena Gardens Festival concert. (Courtesy Gudmundor Vigfusson)
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THURSDAY, AUG. 31

Evie Ladin Band: The Americana act combines influences from Appalachian old-time repertoire, African-diaspora roots and original sounds inspired by life in Oakland and on international tours. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade, Mission, between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Craig Fox
: The New York-based comic and comedy club entrepreneur is on the second Bay Area stop of his Anxiety/Reality Stand Up Comedy Tour; one of his Twitter followers says he’s reminiscent of George Carlin. [8 p.m., Basement, 222 Hyde St., S.F.]

Camp Kill: Sketch comedy troupe Killing My Lobster opens a three-night run of its show dedicated to all things summer camp: bug spray, sleeping bag, must, sun block and “Kumbaya.” [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Jorja Smith: The young English singer from the industrial town of Walsall whose influences range from Mos Def to Lauryn Hill is known for songs with stories and social commentary. [8:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Presidio Twilight: The Thursday night summer event, billed as “the Bay Area’s largest community campfire,” offers lantern-lit dining cabanas, blanket-side cocktail service, fire pits, live music, and excellent sunset viewover San Francisco Bay. [5 to 9 p.m., Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

The Howard Stone Show with the Danny Dechi Orchestra: The variety talk show, back after a three-year hiatus, also includes Drink Master, the ultimate bartender competition, and standup comics Nick Leonard, Mickey Joseph and Matt Gubser. [8 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen To Be Women): The bill features Maureen Langan, Kelly Pryce, Irene Tu and host Jill Maragos. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Michael Mazza: The San Francisco fiction writer (and ad industry pro) discusses his debut novel “That Crazy Perfect Someday,” a “near-future tale of calamity and rediscover” about a young surfer, her despondent ex-Navy captain father and a Ferrari-driving teen gamer. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Yappy Hour: W San Francisco hosts the second annual bash, which features specialty cocktails and bites for dogs and owners, a ball pit, live music and a step-and-repeat photo station. [5 to 7 p.m., Hunt Lane, W San Francisco, 181 Third St., S.F.; reservation required at rsvpwsfevents@whotels.com]


FRIDAY, SEPT. 1

Tom Gun Live! A Maverick’s Homage: The interactive spoof is an absurdist stage adaptation of the 1986 Tom Cruise cinematic masterpiece, complete with karaoke, dance offs and paper airplane battles. [8 and 10 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Brent Morin: The Los Angeles-based standup comic, who appeared on the sitcom “Undateable” and celebrating his 31st birthday, headlines a three-night engagement; Jason Collings and Mean Dave open. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Martin Barre: The great rock guitarist played in Jethro Tull for decades, including on the classic “Aqualung.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Million Dollar Quartet: Center REPertory Company opens its six-week run of the musical about the day in 1956 when Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash got together at Sun Records for an amazing jam session. [8 p.m., Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

50|50 Show: The ninth annual juried art extravaganza, which offers thousands of small, modestly priced works by more than 60 artists for sale, opens. [6 p.m. (preview fundraiser), 8 p.m. (show), Sanchez Art Center, 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Yes: The famed prog rockers’ Yestival tour features songs on the band’s albums up to 1980, played in chronological order, with special guest Todd Rundgren. [8:30 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Beauty and the Beast: Woodminster Summer Musicals closes its season with a two-weekend run of the delightful family show based on the 1991 animated Disney film and French fairy tale. [8 p.m., Woodminster Amphitheater, 3300 Joaquin Miller Road, Oakland]

Grieves: The hip hop artist (aka Benjamin Laub) from Seattle (aka Benjamin Laub) is promoting his new album “Running Wild.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

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