August 11: Troubadour Jason Isbell, novelist Meg Waite Clayton, activist Gordon Chin

Southern troubadour Jason Isbell brings his tour to the Fox Theater. (Courtesy David McClister)
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Music talk: Joan Gordon, director of pre-college and adult extension programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, lectures on “Music Education and the Complete Human Being. [6 p.m. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Alabaman Jason Isbell plays tunes from “Something More Than Free,” his diverse fifth album filled with Southern-inspired vignettes of working-class men, women and traditions. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Chinatown history: Civic leader and activist Gordon Chin talks about his new book “Building Community, Chinatown Style: A Half Century of Leadership in San Francisco Chinatown.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Future of education: Kristina Rizga, author of “Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail it, and the Students and Teachers Who Made it Triumph,” appears in conversation with writer and publisher Lewis Buzbee. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Noodles and more: Rising star chef Jenn Louis. author of “Pasta by Hand: A Collection of Italy’s Regional Hand-Shaped Pasta,” shares recipes and expertise in hand-forming gnocchi, orecchiette, gnudi, spatzli and other specialties. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

New novel: Local author Meg Waite Clayton, author of “The Wednesday Sisters,” speaks about her latest book “The Race for Paris,” which was inspired by female reporters covering World War II in Europe. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Rap show: Chicago’s Lil Durk headlines a concert with openers Gunplay and Hypno Carlito. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12

Inspirational movie: “Unity,” a documentary by Shaun Monson, features 100 celebrity narrators presenting messages of love, tragedy and hope set against the compelling 20th and 21st century footage. [7 p.m., Century San Francisco Centre 9, 845 Market St.; and Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

King Raam: The Iranian musician, founder of the post-punk band Hypernova in New York, is touring his solo act. [8:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Dreamy sounds: Nyles Lannon’s third solo album “Falling Inside” combines the folk-pop of Elliott Smith with the chillwave of Washed Out; he plays on a bill with New Sun Company and Ruben Diaz. [7:30 p.m., Makeout Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Opera preview: Composer Jake Heggie, dramaturg Kip Cranna and arts presenter Mina Miller talk about Heggie’s new opera “Out of Darkness,” slated for its world premiere in Seattle and San Francisco next year. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Japanese flicks: The 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco screens “Uzumasa Limelight,” a nostalgic portrait of kirare-yaku, or actors whose primary job is to cut people to death in samurai movies. [7 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Stage premiere: Those Women Productions opens “Disclosure,” a drama by Carol S. Lashof that explores the line between memory and truth, pleasure and transgression, love and the abuse of power. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Travel talk: San Francisco freelance writer, filmmaker and sports coach Phil Cousineau discusses “The Book of Roads: Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech.” [7 p.m. Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

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