Categories: Arts Calendar

July 13-14: Sarah Lucas: Good Muse, Verdi Wild Things Are, Richard Harris and Mary Roach, Obsession, Quest, NightLife Live, Fiery Ferments, Transport Me


THURSDAY, JULY 13

Sarah Lucas: Good Muse: A free reception offers a sneak peek at the exhibition of sculptures by the British artist known for her bawdy humor, and whose works offer an interesting counterpoint to the museum’s famed pieces on view in “Auguste Rodin: The Centenary Installation.” [7:30 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th St., S.F.; RSVP at http://legionofhonor.famsf.org/]

Verdi Wild Things Are: The new monthly experimental comedy event (created in the wake of the demise of The Business and Cynic Cave) offers standup by Arjun Bannerjee, Allison Mick, Jesse Hett and Mikey Walz. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Richard Harris and Mary Roach: The NPR science correspondent appears in conversation with the popular Bay Area science writer on the topic “Is Sloppy Science Killing Us?” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Quest: The documentary by Jonathan Olshefski, filmed over a decade, is an intimate portrait of the Raineys, a family living in North Philadelphia, whose home music studio is a creative haven for their community. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Obsession: National Theatre Live broadcasts the stage adaption of Visconti’s 1943 film (which in turn borrowed from “The Postman Always Rings Twice”) with Jude Law from London’s Barbican Theatre. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

NightLife Live: The California Academy of Sciences opens its after hours summer music series with lo-fi freaky psychedelic pop from New Zealand’s Connan Mockasin. [6 to 10 p.m., Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

San Francisco Proper Hotel Hiring Fair: The luxury hotel slated to open at Seventh and Market streets invites prospective workers (today and Friday) to apply for jobs in all departments: office, housekeeping, culinary, sales, accounting, human resources, security and engineering. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., UC Hastings-College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., S.F.]

Fiery Ferments: Authors Kirsten and Christopher Shockey are promoting their cookbook of more than 60 recipes for hot sauces, mustards, pickles, chutneys, relishes and kimchis from around the world. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, JULY 14

Transport Me
: Reclaimed Room Gallery hosts an opening reception for the show by sculptor Kat Geng and figurative painter Jon Levy-Warren, who use a phone booth as a central metaphor for their work, which investigates “what it means to travel to another realm, another time or another space without actually moving.” [5 to 7 p.m., Building REsources, 701 Amador St., S.F.]

Bay Area Playwrights Festival: The 40th annual, 10-day long event featuring staged readings of works by emerging and acclaimed writers opens (and closes) with Clarence Coo’s “The Birds of Empathy,” about how Audubon’s “Birds of America” becomes a gay man’s guide to relationships. [8 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F., bayareaplaywrightsfestival.org

Tender Napalm: Anton’s Well Theater Company stages the Bay Area premiere of Philip Ridley’s graphic play about a woman and man who “use their ripe imaginations in a story-telling battle for love.” [8 p.m. Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th St., Oakland]

Mustache Harbor: The band creating a “soft rock explosion” that hasn’t been seen since the days of Christopher Cross, Steely Dan, Ace, Kenny Loggins and The Little River Band headlines; eighties tribute band Flock of Seagirls opens. [9 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Taraneh Hemami: The artist, whose architectural sculptures are platforms for interaction and engagement, personal reflections and public action, speaks about a recent projects, from a pop-up bazaar in “Fabrications” to an Islamic prayer wall in a church created as a stage for religious rituals and performances. [6:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Anne-christine d’Adesky: The author speaks about “The Pox Lover: An Activist’s Decade in New York & Paris,” her personal history of the turbulent 1990s as a pioneering American AIDS journalist and lesbian activist of French-Haitian descent. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Ozomatli: The band plays a record release show for “Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica,” a collection of “classic Mexican songs re-imagined through Jamaican reggae, rocksteady and dancehall.” [9 p.m., New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

Palm: Noise Pop presents the Philadelphia-based band, which says it “plays rock music backwards.” [8:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

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