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July 20-21: The Beauty of Decay and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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British artist Rebecca Louise Law’s “Beauty of Decay” is an installation consisting of 8,000 copper-wire-entwined flowers that descends from 20-foot ceilings at Chandran Gallery. Viewers can witness how the installation changes over the course of the show as the material shrinks and displays marked shifts in fragrance. (Courtesy Mido Lee Productions)


Romani music: Vocalist Eva Salina, a world-recognized interpreter of Balkan song traditions, and Peter Stan, lead accordionist of the New York band Slavic Soul Party, perform Romani songs. [7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

Trans employment workshop: Led by transgender-employment specialist Fresh! White, the session addresses barriers transgender people face in finding jobs and offers strategies for success. [2 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Regina Sneed: The advocate for the California End of Life Option Act discusses options people have for dying with dignity. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Carson McHone: The Americana singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, performs songs from her new album, “Goodluck Man.” [7:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Paul Madonna: The artist and author gives a talk at the closing reception of “Close Enough for the Angels,” an exhibit of drawings from his same-named book. [7 p.m., Dryansky Gallery, 2120 Union St., S.F.; RSVP: www.thedryansky.com]

Paula Fass: The U.C. Berkeley history professor discusses “The End of American Childhood,” her book about the history of American childhood and parenting. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Phantom Fifth: The alternative-rock band, whose music contains dark melodies, propulsive bass lines and lyrics about love and madness, performs with Radio Birdman guitarist Chris Masuak. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]


Transformations: The Merola Opera Program presents this chamber opera by Conrad Susa, which is based on Anne Sexton’s same-named book, a personal retelling of tales by the brothers Grimm. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Fito Reinoso: The Havana-bred artist, whose music features Cuban styles ranging from son and rumba to timba, performs an outdoor concert of rhythm and harmony. [6 p.m., Jessie Square, 760 Mission St., S.F.]

So Much to Be Done: Evening celebrates the release of this collection of writings by the late activist and Breast Cancer Action executive director Barbara Brenner. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Girlfly 2016: Fifteen teenage girls perform their own dances as well as repertory inspired by Flyaway Productions’ practice of exploring the power of female physicality. [7 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

A Streetcar Named Desire: A desperate woman seeks refuge in her sister’s New Orleans apartment, only to be confronted by the brutality of the man in the house, in Tennessee Williams’ classic play. [7 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Michael Helquist: The historian and journalist discusses “Marie Equi: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions,” his biography of an activist who paid a steep personal price for living by her convictions. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Schooled: The San Francisco Mime Troupe satirizes the American education system in its 2016 summer-in-the-parks show. [7 p.m., Mitchell Park, South Field, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto]

On An On: The Minneapolis-based experimental-pop trio, which recently released a new music video for its popular song “Ghosts,” brings its pre-hiatus tour to town. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

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