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July 30-31: PJ Morton, San Francisco Ballet at Stern Grove, Hunters Point Summer Circus Festival, Berkeley Kite Festival, Emily Bell, Social Justice Film Festival, Neil Diamond, Stop the War on Workers Concert

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R&B singer PJ Morton (who also happens to be Maroon 5’s keyboardist) plays the Independent. (Courtesy photo)


PJ Morton: The smooth R&B singer (nominated for a Grammy for “Only One,” his collaboration with Stevie Wonder) and Maroon 5 keyboardist, who moved back to his native New Orleans in 2016, is on his solo Gumbo World Tour. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

San Francisco Ballet: The free Stern Grove show features the company, accompanied by members of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, in a show of contemporary and classical works. [2 p.m., 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

Hunters Point Summer Circus Festival: Circus Bella and Prescott Circus Theatre appear in the free, sixth annual family event, which also includes a slide, kids arts activities and games. [Noon to 4 p.m., NOW Hunters Point, 155 Jennings St., S.F.]

Berkeley Kite Festival: Free activities include kite-flying events, a kite-making session and a kids’ zone with pony rides and a petting zoo. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cesar E. Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina, 11 Spinnaker Way, Berkeley]

Neil Diamond: The pop veteran’s tour coincides with the release of “The Neil Diamond 50,” a three-CD set marking the 50th anniversary of the Grammy-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s first hit “Solitary Man.” [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Emily Bell & The Talkbacks: The Austin-based rock singer and her band have a new EP, “Kali,” which is filled with “unapologetic female anthems, each with its own message of empowerment.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Festival of the Chariots: The 51st annual parade — in which people pull three large chariots by ropes — coincides with the Ratha Yatra festival, which has been performed for thousands of years in India. [Starts at 11 a.m., JFK and Transverse drives, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; ends with a free gathering in Sharon Meadow]

Golden Gate Park Band: Michael L. Wirgler directs the group in a free concert of works by Gilbert and Sullivan and other composers and music of Victorian times. [1 p.m., Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Social Justice Film Festival: The 2014 documentary “We Came to Sweat: The Legend of Starlite,” about Brooklyn’s historic black-owned gay bar relying on the community to save it from eviction, screens. [3:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1110 California St., S.F.]

Resist-An Action in Drag: The 25-year-old, self-titled “Rage Against the Machine” album is presented as an ensemble drag piece, with songs illustrating various facets of the social and political plight of minorities of all persuasions. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Stop the War on Workers Concert: The final event of 2017 LaborFest features political activist, folk musician (“Union maid and hell raiser”) Anne Feeney and comedian Roy Zimmerman. [7 p.m., ILWU 34 Hall, 801 Second St., S.F.]

Leopold and His Fiction: Influenced both by dingy garage punk and Motown R&B, band frontman Daniel Leopold honors his Detroit heritage and San Francisco literary roots. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Joshua Henry: The musical theater actor currently playing Aaron Burr in the U.S. tour of “Hamilton” appears in a sold-out cabaret show of Broadway, funk and soul selections. [7:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

San Francisco Opera extras auditions: Adults of all shapes and sizes are invited to try out for non-speaking, non-singing, volunteer roles as supernumeraries in fall 2017 performances of “Elektra,” “Manon,” “Girls of the Golden West,” “Turandot” and “La Traviata”; visit supers@sfopera.com to reserve a spot. [6 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm
: The monthly charity dinner series (with proceeds benefiting Meals on Wheels) features a menu by Comal executive chef Matt Gandin. [6 p.m., Stones Throw, 1896 Hyde St., S.F.]

Schola Cantorum Sing-Along: Gregory Wait conducts Brahms’ “Requiem” during the participatory summer series hosted by the South Bay-based choral group; scores are provided. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos]

Sky Event of the Decade: In anticipation of the Aug. 21 eclipse of the sun, astronomer Andrew Fraknoi (speaking with Mary Roach) describes how eclipses work, exactly when and where the eclipse of 2017 will be visible, and how to observe it safely. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Tim Taranto: The New York-based writer, visual artist and poet speaks about “Ars Botanica,” a book describing the pleasures of falling in love, written as letters to his unborn child. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

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