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July 21-22: Madeleine Peyroux with the San Francisco Symphony and the Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, Arts & BBQ Festival

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Jazz singer, songwriter, and guitarist Madeleine Peyroux, whose voice has been compared to that of Billie Holiday, appears with the San Francisco Symphony in a concert saluting the classical and cabaret music of Paris. (Courtesy Mary Ellen Mark)
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THURSDAY, JULY 21

Madeleine Peyroux: The jazz singer-songwriter-guitarist joins the San Francisco Symphony to pay tribute to the classical and cabaret music of Paris. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Summer Sampler: ODC Dance’s summer showcase features new choreography and revival work by the company’s Brenda Way (“Waving Not Drowning”) and KT Nelson (“Going Solo”). [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan: The New York–based journalist discusses “Sarong Party Girls,” her novel about a young woman’s rise in glitzy modern Singapore. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Zena Carlota: The Oakland-based kora (West African harp) player performs a program of Afro-folk music composed on kora and ukulele. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

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Comedy Returns to El Rio: Comedians Abhay Nakarni, Maureen Langan, Julia Jackson, David Lawrence Hawkins, and Lisa Geduldig appear in Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’s July show. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Shane Kuhn: The bestselling novelist talks about “The Asset,” his thriller about a private airport security contractor who becomes a counterterrorism operative. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Frozen Film Festival: The annual showcase for independent filmmakers and filmmakers of conscience hosts its opening-night party. [7 to 10 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St, S.F.; film schedule is at www.frozenfilmfestival.com]

They Might Be Giants: The Grammy-winning, 1980s-formed alternative-rock band performs material from its new album, “Phone Power.” [9 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

FRIDAY, JULY 22

PAL festival: The 2016 Redwood City PAL Blues, Music, Arts & BBQ Festival, benefiting Redwood City’s Police Activities League, begins with an evening of music by blues artists. [5 to 8:30 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dena Beard: The executive director of the Lab, the nonprofit experimental art and performance space in the Mission District, talks about her institution’s revival. [6:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

A Russian Celebration: Conductor Edwin Outwater and the San Francisco Symphony present an evening of Romantic Russian masterworks, joined by pianist Natasha Paremski. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Scott Amendola Trio: The jazz drummer and his ensemble perform a program of original music and sonic soundscapes. [7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

The Jayhawks: The alt-country and Americana band performs material from its new album, “Paging Mr. Proust,” featuring vocalist-guitarist Gary Louris reuniting with members of the group’s 1990s lineup. [9 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Mariko Tamaki: The graphic-novel creator, whose works include “Skim” and “This One Summer,” speaks at a program presented by California College of the Arts’ “Comics in the City” series.
[6 p.m., 350 Kansas St., S.F.]

Toronzo Cannon: The Chicago-based blues artist, appearing with the Cannonball Express, performs selections from his new album, “The Chicago Way.” [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Ferlinghetti paintings: Writer, publisher, activist, and San Francisco legend Lawrence Ferlinghetti displays his talent as a painter in “Love and War,” a solo gallery exhibit. [11. a.m. to 5 p.m., Rena Bransten Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]



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