Categories: Arts Calendar

July 26-28: BigPicture NightLife, Decemberists, 3Girls Theatre New Works Festival, David Koechner, Soulstice 2018, TreasureFest, For the Love of Ice Cream Carnival, Velocity Circus Show, Geographer, Chris Stapleton

THURSDAY, JULY 26

BigPicture NightLife: The California Academy of Sciences’ after-hours program opens its annual BigPicture Natural World Photography show featuring international winners of the photo competition with an awards ceremony and artists’ talks; the evening also includes workshops and refreshments for purchase. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Decemberists: The indie rockers from Portland, according to lead vocalist-songwriter Colin Meloy, worked to “get out of their comfort zone” on their newest album “I’ll Be Your Girl.” [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Young Lovers: Noise Pop and McEvoy Foundation for the Arts present the Filipino-American shoegaze, post-rock band based in Los Angeles on a bill with There’s Talk, the indie-electronic dream pop effort of Oakland-based Olivia Lee. [7 p.m., 1150 25th St., Building B, S.F.]

Victoria Patterson: The Southern California author speaks about “The Secret Habit of Sorrow,” her new collection of stories one critic called “darkly entertaining, about the little sins we commit in the name of our desires.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

FRIDAY, JULY 27

3Girls Theatre New Works Festival: The two-week event, with submissions from women playwrights of all ages and ethnicities, opens with a conversation between activist-artist Cat Brooks and 3GT Artistic Director AJ Baker about making voices heard in challenging political times. [7:30 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

David Koechner: The actor, who’s appeared in the “Anchorman” movies and on TV’s “The Office,” opens a three-day standup comedy engagement on his “The Symphony of Chaos Tour.” [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Marcia Ball: The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist, songwriter and vocalist celebrates her 50th year as a professional musician with her new album “Shine Bright.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Soulstice 2018: The two-day electronic festival opens with a bill including headliner Manila Killa, as well as Ardalan, Bishu, Bot, Fancy Cars, Gawp, Geotheory, Jack Beat, Kaivon, LUUDE, Maximono, Mielo, Robotaki, Santé, Synchronice and Weiss. [5 p.m., Midway
900 Marin St., S.F.]

Post:Workshop: Post:Ballet choreographers Vanessa Thiessen and Robert Dekkers offer a sneak peek of an upcoming large-scale collaboration with composer Samuel Adams. [2 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.

Juanita More Vinyl Release Party: The drag queen and guests celebrate a new album at a party to benefit Trans Youth Truth Project, a joint program between Transgender Law Center and GSA Network. [6 to 9 p.m., SPARC, 1256 Mission St., S.F.]

Yugen in Action: Two evenings showcase artists of various disciplines — Nicky Martinez, Khala Brannigan, Nan Busse, Cindy Webster, Judith Kajiwara, Nicia De’Lovely and Sountru (aka Angel) — exploring the intersection of art and community. [7 p.m., NOH Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

face to face: The West Coast melodic-punk group formed by frontman Trever Keith 27 years ago plays to promote its first acoustic album “Hold Fast.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Real Live Comedians: The free comedy showcase features Dauood Naimyer, Andrew Orolfo, headliner Joey Avery and host Mark Smalls. [7 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Kevin Allison and Risk!: The podcast host (formerly of “The State” on MTV) in town for a live version of his show in which guests “tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share.” [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

David Burnham: The Broadway star of “Wicked,” “The Light in the Piazza” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” opens a two-night run of his cabaret show, “Mostly Broadway.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, JULY 28

TreasureFest: Promoters call the event “one part craft and vintage market, one part food festival and one part magic.” [10 a.m to 4 p.m., 500 Ave N., Treasure Island, S.F.]

For the Love of Ice Cream Carnival: Ben & Jerry’s hosts the no-admission festivities, with games, the “infamous ‘I Scream Swing’ and plenty of ice cream.” [11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Pier 27, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Velocity Circus Show: Live in the Castro presents the free, family-friendly high-impact performance with “death-defying stunts and loads of magic.” [1 p.m., Jane Warner Plaza, Castro and Market streets, S.F.]

Geographer: San Francisco-based Tricycle Records hosts the show, with the headlining act synth-pop act (aka Mike Deni) and San Francisco native Andrew St. James, a songwriter who combines “San Francisco’s beatnik past with its willfully high-tech future.” [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Chris Stapleton: The versatile Grammy-winning country star and songwriter is on his All-American Road Show tour with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Oakland Art + Soul Festival: On its 18th birthday, the weekend downtown fest — which includes vendors, refreshments, kids’ activities and performances — hosts headliner Lyric Born at 5 p.m. on the main stage at 12th and Jefferson streets. [Noon to 6 p.m.., 14th Street & Broadway and surroundings, Oakland]

PAL Music Festival 2018: The annual Redwood City Police Activity League blues show has broadened its scope, featuring Toree McGee & Rodeo House Band (country), Orquesta Pacheco (salsa), Livewire (dance), Maxx Cabello Jr. (blues) and Bayonics (reggae) as well as a 5 p.m. Friday show with tribute band Journey Revisited. [Noon to 8 p.m.,Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Port Chicago 50: The play is inspired by real events in 1944 when, following a munitions explosion that killed hundreds at Port Chicago naval base in Contra Costa County, 50 black sailors refused to load artillery onto ships and faced court martial for mutiny. [3 and 8 p.m., McKenna Theater, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Now, Now: Pitchfork described the Minneapolis duo’s new album “Saved” as “slick, left-of-center pop.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Berkeley Kite Festival: Free activities in the two-day event include kite-flying competitions, kite-making, a kids’ zone with pony rides and bounce houses, food and crafts. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cesar E. Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley]

Red Bull Music Presents Oakland: Club Chai, Another Party Fam, The 45 Sessions, B-side Brujas, NVR OVR and Smart Bomb appear in the showcase of DJ crews from the city’s past and present. [9 p.m., Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 910 14th St., Oakland]

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