Categories: Arts Calendar

Aug. 8-9: Les Misérables, Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders, Longest Straw, Marisa Anderson, Hunter Hayes, Fiona Davis, Miracle Mile, Lomelda, Spelling, Anthony Gomes, Paul Kremer

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2018

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 — opens a three-and-a-half week run. [7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders: Word for Word, the classy San Francisco literary troupe celebrating 25 years, begins preview performances of its fall presentation of stories by two favorite authors: Wolff’s “Deep Kiss” and Saunders’ “Victory Lap.” [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

The Longest Straw: The documentary follows the 65-day journey of a woman who walks the entire 338 mile length of the Los Angeles Aqueduct to explore the source of the city’s water. [6:30 p.m., Farallon Room, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, 2 Beach St., S.F.]

Marisa Anderson: The Portland guitarist is known for her “undeniable mastery of North American traditions of country, folk, and blues.” [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Hunter Hayes: The young country star and multi-instrumentalist opens the 32nd annual Concerts at Wente Vineyards season of performances in the winery’s picturesque outdoor amphitheater. [8:15 p.m., 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore]

San Francisco Cannabis Trivia Night: Technology cannabis company Eaze presents the session, including “testing our knowledge of all things cannabis” as well as food and drinks. [6 p.m., Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St., S.F.]

Permanently Temporary-Living with Rising Seas: Elaine Forbes, director of the Port of San Francisco and Greg Dalton, founder of Climate One, discuss impacts of a $425 million bond measure to fortify the aging seawall providing flood protection to downtown San Francisco. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Hop Along: Members of the indie folk-rock band from Philadelphia say their third studio album “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” addresses “disappointment, particularly in man’s misuse of power.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Washed Up on the Potomac: San Francisco Playhouse begins preview performances of the premiere by Lynn Rosen about a budding novelist, a wannabe rock star and wallflower dreamer who are proofreaders in a Washington D.C. office. [8 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Menage a Ha: Billed as “a unique comedy experience,” the show for 21 and older offers hilarious comedians and delicious burlesque numbers by the “extremely delightful ladies” of the Carmel Delights Dance Company. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2018

Fiona Davis: The New York City-based author speaks about “The Masterpiece,” her new historical novel about a lost art school within New York’s Grand Central Terminal. [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Miracle Mile: Director Steve De Jarnatt and Noir City’s Eddie Muller speak at a 30th anniversary screening of the apocalyptic thriller starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lomelda, Spelling: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Noise Pop present a free concert featuring the projects of indie musicians Hannah Read and Tia Cabral. [7 p.m., McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th St., Building B, S.F.]

Anthony Gomes: The Toronto singer-songwriter-guitarist earned best musician honors in the 2017 European Blues Awards and established Music Is the Medicine, a foundation dedicated to healing through the power of music. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Paul Kremer: “Stacks, Slopes and Streams,” an exhibit of recent paintings and works on paper by the Houston-based artist working in color field and minimalist styles, opens with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., Berggruen Gallery, 10 Hawthorne St., S.F.]

Rad Plaid: The singer-songwriter showcase featuring Socorra, Elissa Sun, Christine Tence and Salami Rose Joe Louis is presented by WomenCrush, a group supporting rising female artists and building community around local music. [8 p.m., Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, S.F.]

Ladies Sing the Blues: Vocalists Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier and saxophonist Houston Person appear in a multi-faceted show about the blues. [8 p.m., Feinsteins at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Small Business Expo: The event offers networking opportunities and more than 25 workshops and presentations from industry-leading speakers and experts with products and services dedicated to helping businesses excel. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Expo Hall, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

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