Categories: Arts Calendar

July 25-26: Corpse Flower, Seema Verma, Offspring, 311, Tanukichan, Jon Michael Varese, Midsummer Nightmare, Equivocation, Dan Pfeiffer, SF Slam 5, Tenderloin Neon A-Z Tour

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25

Corpse Flower: The Conservatory of Flowers extends its hours to show off Suma the Titan (aka Amorphophallus titanum), a large plant known for its short bloom and strong, foul odor, which is at its peak. [10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Seema Verma: The administrator of Medicare and Medicaid, who oversees a $1 trillion budget and health care programs for more than 130 million Americans, appears in conversation with Mark Zitter, head of the Zetema Project, an initiative designed to improve dialogue about healthcare. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

The Offspring, 311
: The rock bands, which hit their stride in the 1990s, co-headline Never-Ending Summer Tour, with Gym Class Heroes opening. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

San Francisco Veterans Town Hall
: The sessions offer veterans the opportunity to hear about resources, programs and benefits available to military families and to network with fellow vets. [9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m., Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 206, S.F.]

Lucy Bellwood: The “adventure cartoonist” is promoting her latest title, “100 Demon Dialogues,” presented by 826 Valencia. [6:30 p.m., 180 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Tanukichan: The project of Bay Area shoegaze musician Hannah Van Loon co-headlines with In the Valley Below, the “genre ambiguous” art-rock duo of Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

faUSt: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the “legendary German krautrock pioneers” with a lineup including founding members Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Jon Michael Varese: The writer of “The Spirit Photographer,” a “tale of tale of death and betrayal” set in Reconstruction era South, talks about the book with Gavin Austin in a fundraiser for Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

THURSDAY, JULY 26

Midsummer Nightmare: French noir star Andree Clement, the “modern goth girl” known for intense performances in the 1940s-50s, is the focus of a double feature with “The Devil’s Daughter” (“La Fille du Diable”) followed at 9 p.m. by “Macadam” /“The Back Streets of Paris.” [7:15 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Equivocation: Dragon Theatre opens its production of the play set in 1606 England about King James commissioning “Will Shagspeare” to write a “true historie” of the infamous failed Gunpowder Plot (to assassinate him) with a preview performances. [8 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dan Pfeiffer: President Barack Obama’s communications director and host of Pod Save America speaks about his new book “Yes We (Still) Can,” described as “part political memoir, part blueprint for progressives in the Trump era.” [5 p.m., Scribd Headquarters, 333 Bush St., S.F.]

SF Slam 5: The pro wrestling, drag queen and philanthropy event features Pollo Del Mar, regional grappling favorites Chicano Flame, Jheri Gigalo, Rik Luxury, “Lovely” Lisa Lace, “The Voice” Donovan Troi and former World Wrestling Entertainment talent Grizzly Kal Jak. [7 p.m., El Toro Nightclub, 2470 San Bruno Ave., S.F.]

Tenderloin Neon A-Z Walking Tour: SF Neon founders Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan lead a stroll offering an up-close, lit-up survey of the neighborhood’s historic neon signs. [6:30 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

The Drunken Hearts: The eclectic rockers from Colorado, playing signature Americana-country-folk, are on tour promoting their new album “The Prize.” [9:20 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

The Art of Tattoos: In conjunction with new exhibit “Lew the Jew and His Circle: Origins of American Tattoo,” Don Ed Hardy shares how he uncovered the story of “Lew the Jew” Alberts, an influential tattoo artist in the early 20th century. [6:30 to 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Kevin Allison: The host of the podcast Risk! speaks about “Risk! True Stories People Never Thought They’d Dare to Share” compiled from the show and featuring contributions from Michael Ian Black, Marc Maron, Aisha Tyler, Dan Savage and Lili Taylor. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony’s Star Wars: The orchestra plays the score live during a concert hall screening of “The Empire Strikes Back,” in the first of three performances. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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