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June 1-2: Six Degrees of Separation, Bob Schneider, Present Laughter, David Gans, S.F. Zoo free day, Mo Mandel, S.F. Silent Film Festival

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Custom Made Theatre Co. stages John Guare’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Six Degrees of Separation.” (Courtesy Jay Yamada)
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1

Six Degrees of Separation: John Guare’s acclaimed play follows a young African-American man who insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy white New York couple by claiming he’s the son of Sidney Poitier, [7:30 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bob Schneider: The Austin, Texas–based pop-folk-country musician (former lead singer of Ugly Americans) calls himself the “best artist you’ve never heard of.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

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Present Laughter: Theatre Rhinoceros presents Noel Coward’s witty semi-autobiographical comedy about a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

At War With Language: The performance by Rosalyn Acosta is presented in connection with the observance of the 100th anniversary of dada, an avant garde art movement. [6:15 p.m., Gallery 308, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

David Gans: The songwriter and author talks about “This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead” on Angie Coiro’s “In Deep Radio” program. [Noon, Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

The Gloomies: Promoting the EP “Blackout,” the California alt-rock garage band appears on a bill with Vundabar, pop rockers from Boston. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

S.F. Zoo free day: San Francisco residents who provide a valid ID showing a home address in The City get free admission. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sloat Boulevard at the the Great Highway, S.F.]

Mo Mandel: The comic, host of “Barmageddon” on truTV, kicks off a four-night standup engagement; Lucas Seeley and Andrew Holmgren join him on the bill. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

S.F. Silent Film Festival: The 21st annual, four-day showcase opens with “Beggars of Life” (1928) with Louise Brooks as a runaway who joins up with young vagabond Richard Arlen and encounters a hobo encampment and its charismatic leader, played by Wallace Beery. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Christie’s literary preview: Great works — an 1865 first edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and Neal Cassady’s “Joan Anderson Letter” to Jack Kerouac — are on view before going to auction. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Weinstein Gallery, 444 Clementina St,, S.F.]

Touretteshero: Jessica Thom, a performer who has Tourette’s syndrome, shares her perspectives in “Backstage in Biscuit Land,” a show weaving comedy, puppetry, singing (and tics!) to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability and “things you never knew could make you laugh.” [8:30 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.] fo]

S.F. Documentary Film Festival: The event opens with the world premiere of “It Ain’t Pretty,” a look at female big wave surfers in Northern California, with director Dayla Soul and some of the athletes in the film in attendance. [8 p.m., Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson St., S.F.]

The Montclair Women’s Big Band: Founded in 1997 by trumpeter Ellen Seeling and saxophonist Jean Fineberg, the group includes the region’s most formidable jazz women playing blues, swing and original material. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, St., 222 Mason St., S.F.]

David Pilgrim: The professor, activist and founder of the Jim Crow Museum (a 10,000-piece collection of racist artifacts at Ferris State University in Michigan) speaks about his book “Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade Books, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Financial Women of San Francisco Luncheon: The fundraising gathering puts the spotlight on 2016 scholarship recipients who share their stories; proceeds support future scholarships for young women pursuing careers in finance and financial services. [11:30 a.m., City Club, 155 Sansome St., S.F.]

California, the Magic Island: Children’s book author-illustrator Doug Hansen launches his beautiful new volume, which tells the story of California’s namesake, mythical Calafia, a warrior queen who ruled over a kingdom of black women. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

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