Categories: Arts Calendar

July 5-7: Arj Barker, Nick Youssef, Conversation 7, Primo Major, Blanks, Stroll Down Penny Lane, Gal Holiday, Matt Costa, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Hunchback of Notre Dame

THURSDAY, JULY 5

Arj Barker
: The standup comic, who’s originally from San Anselmo and has found success in Australia and New Zealand, opens a three-night engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Nick Youssef: Kicking off a three-day standup gig, the Los Angeles-based comedian has a podcast Nick America, which he says is “made for you and me.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Waterfront Flicks: The second screening in the every-other-Thursday night series is “The Greatest Showman” inspired by P.T. Barnum. [8 p.m., Jack London Square, Broadway at Embarcadero, Oakland]

Filoli Summer Nights: The estate with big beautiful gardens’ post-Independence Day program “Americana Swing Night” includes old-fashioned lawn games, swing music and dance, and refreshments. [5 to 8 p.m., Filoli Historic House & Garden, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside]

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Conversation 7: The exhibition of work by San Francisco-based Marcela Pardo Ariza and New York-based Farah Al Qasimi, who both use photography to discuss “how identities can be constructed and how context and framing affect” how people interact, opens with a reception. [6 p.m., San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Last Train Home: LaborFest 2018 presents a free screening of the documentary by Chinese director Lixin Fan, which examines the lives of some of the more than 200 million migrant workers who left rural areas in China for big cities. [7 p.m., 518 Valencia St., S.F.]

Primo Major: Musicians in the San Francisco group, influenced by their Mexican and Puerto Rican backgrounds, describe their band as “indie rock doused in Tapatio.” [8:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Blanks: Opening for Gynosaur, the band releases the LP “Yellow Fading Glimmer,” which it says has the pop sensibility of “later-day Replacements mixed with the fuzz of early-day Replacements or Guided By Voices.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Stroll Down Penny Lane: Professor Stompensplatt, the nom de plume producer-writer and singer-guitarist Joe Anastasi, leads the multimedia tribute to Paul McCartney, which includes live music, stories, images and animation. [8 p.m., Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Ave., Oakland]

Rotunda Dance Series: The eighth season of free noon concerts opens with a program featuring San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck, North American folk dance by Mussel Rock Cloggers and Aerodance in a performance of folk dance from Gujarat, India. [Noon, City Hall, ! Dr. Carleton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Aki Kaurismaki retrospective: A program of six films by the Finnish auteur opens with the 2017 dramedy “The Other Side of Hope,” about a Finnish businessman who meets a Syrian asylum-seeker looking for his missing sister. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Oklahoma!: Woodminster Summer Musicals begins its season with the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic set in a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century. [8 p.m., Woodminster Amphitheater, Joaquin Miller Park, 3540 Sanborn Drive, Oakland

Julia Adam Dance Presents QuintEssence: Opening a two-weekend run, the “immersive cultural experience” presented by award-winning choreographer Adam and featuring former San Francisco Ballet dancer Joanna Berman “blends art, food and nature.” [5 p.m., Big Mesa Farmstead, 280 Mesa Road, Bolinas]

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue: The band, which formed in New Orleans in 2003, is led by Vanessa Niemann, who’s been called “the punk rock Patsy Cline”; its latest album is 2017’s “Lost & Found.” [9:30 p.m., Plough & Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F.]

Matt Costa: The Associated Press called the Southern California singer-songwriter’s new album “Santa Rosa Fangs” a “potent pop pastiche.” [9 p.m., Café du Nord, 2174 Marlet St., S.F.]

New Japan Pro Wrestling: Participants in the event, in the U.S. for the first time, include Canada’s Kenny Omega, U.S.’s Cody and The Young Bucks, California brothers Matt and Nick Jackson of Hot Topic fame. [5 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]

The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Bay Area Musicals begins its run of the show based on the classic Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Sarah Cahill: The new music pianist performs works by Terry Riley and Meredith Monk during Flower Piano, the 12-day event in which visitors are invited to play on a dozen pianos placed throughout San Francisco Botanical Garden. [Noon, Exhibition Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

J.C. Smith: The South Bay-based singer and guitarist’s motto is “keep the blues alive and take the message to the people.” [7 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

The Ghost Next Door: The Berkeley group “emerged from a desire to marry the dark melancholy of 1980s and ‘90s alternative with the aggression and drive of Bay Area metal.” [8:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Victorian Days Walking Tours: San Mateo County Historical Association President Mitch Postel leads a steep 3.75 mile hike to the top of Sweeney Ridge, the site where Gaspar de Portolá’s expedition became the first Europeans to discover San Francisco Bay in 1769. [9 a.m., Sneath Lane Trailhead, 3660 Sneath Lane, San Bruno; RSVP required at parks.smcgov.org/take-a-hike]

Drop-In Art Workshop for Families: Participants of all ages are invited to create clay photo holders. [1 to 4 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Golden Age of Broadway Gala and Concert: The revue, a fundraiser for San Jose Musical Theater, serves up Broadway’s favorite songs sung by local performers, including Tammy Nelson of “Beach Blanket Babylon.” [1 p.m., Evergreen Valley College Theater, 3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose]

Shiver We Timbers: Peripatetic Players open their fifth annual summer touring production, a pirate-themed, participatory play they call a “Pick-Yer-Own Pirate Adventure” onstage in East Bay and San Francisco parks, [1 p.m., Dimond Park, 3699 Dimond Ave., Oakland]

Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel: The co-headlining metal tour offers The Black Dahlia Murder playing “Nightbringers” in its entirety and Whitechapel playing “This is Exile.” [6:30 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

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