Categories: Arts Calendar

July 11-12: Hold These Truths, Harry Styles, Shawn Huckins-Fool’s Gold, Shawn Huckins-Fool’s Gold, Dana Fuchs, Alan Cumming, Vic DiBitetto, Social Justice Film Festival, Ismay, Saul Austerlitz

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

Hold These Truths: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley kicks off its 2018-19 season with the show by Jeanne Sakata, based on the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Harry Styles: The pop star of One Direction notoriety brings his huge solo tour back to the Bay Area (after kicking off in The City at the Masonic last year) and adding more than four dozen dates. Kacey Musgraves opens. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Shawn Huckins: Fool’s Gold: The artist opens his gallery show of 18 paintings — which “mash up past and present by imagining masterpieces in the White House collection to be as ephemeral as Adobe Photoshop files” — with a reception. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Modernism Inc., 724 Ellis St., S.F.]

Dana Fuchs: The New York-based singer-songwriter who played Janis Joplin off-Broadway in “Janis” is on tour with her new recording “Love Lives On.” [8 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Alan Cumming: The Tony Award-winner’s concert show “Legal Immigrant” promises a “set list as eclectic and idiosyncratic” as the performer himself. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen: Making its West Coast premiere, the retrospective exhibition showcases four decades of work by the acclaimed Chilean artist, poet, filmmaker and “eco-feminist,” who opens the show with a live participatory, improvisational poetry performance involving spoken word, chance and storytelling. [7:30 p.m., UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Labor Troubadour Mike Stout: The 25th LaborFest presents a concert of labor-inspired music with Stout, a Pittsburgh steelworker and musician known as the “World’s Grievance Man” and Jimmy Kelly, a longtime labor educator and music maker. [7 p.m., ILWU Local 34 Hall, 801 Second St., S.F.]

Sunday in the Park With George: San Francisco Playhouse opens its production of the award-winning Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical inspired by French artist Georges Seurat’s painting “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” [7 p.m., 450 Post St., second floor, S.F.]

Edna in a Bottle: Organizers call the new San Francisco comedy hour in the Haight district “a colorful splash of sketch scenes, story-telling, circus talent and whacked-out adult comedy … and an eating contest here and there.” [8 p.m., Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, JULY 12

Vic DiBitetto: The comedian — who calls himself the “Donkey of Comedy” or the “Working Class Zero,” and is known for his viral “Bread & Milk” video — opens a three-night engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

A Social Justice Film Festival: The GLIDE Legacy Committee’s program of five short documentary films reflects its values and messages of “transformation, empathy and inclusion.” [6:30 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Ismay: Singer, songwriter and guitarist Avery Hellman (granddaughter of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass founder Warren Hellman) appears in a Hazel Dickens tribute inspired by music of the rural American West. [7 and 8:30 p.m., Joe Henderson Lab, SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Saul Austerlitz: The writer and critic speaks about “Just A Shot Away: Peace, Love, and Tragedy with the Rolling Stones at Altamont,” which Kirkus Reviews called a “critical and poignant retrospective on the dark side of the Summer of Love and the end of an era.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Sylvan Esso: Pitchfork said that “What Now?” the second album by the North Carolina electro-pop duo (Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn), offers “a biting, withering take on pop music, full of humor while still finding moments of tenderness”; jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington opens. [8 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Mariachi Sol de México: The Grammy-nominated, internationally-acclaimed ensemble led by fifth generation mariachi José Hernández appears in concert to celebrate the new CD “Leyendas de mi Pueblo.” [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Uncaged Nights: The free event with Korean-American rapper Dumbfounded and guests is a music talent showcase hosted by Tiger Beer and the local arts nonprofit Imprint City. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.; RSVP at ImprintCity.org]

Sidewalk Chalk: The Chicago band’s latest album “An Orchid Is Born” has been praised for “fusing together hip-hop, soul, funk and jazz to make for a gumbo-flavored effort that has ultimate replay value.” [10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

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