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June 13-14: Sugar Ray, Harry Fuller, Brooks Headley, REO Speedwagon, Chicago, Justin Townes Earle, Tim Rubel Human Shakes, Edward M. Hallowell, Kesha and Macklemore

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On Thursday, Tim Rubel Human Shakes opens a three-night run at CounterPulse of “Alien,” a contemporary dance piece investigating “what it means to be an outsider.” (Courtesy photo)


Sugar Ray: The 1990s hitmakers led by Mark McGrath (known for “Fly,” “Every Morning” and “Someday”) play the San Mateo County Fair. [7:30 p.m., Fairgrounds, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Harry Fuller: The former TV news manager, natural history expert and birder talks about his new book “San Francisco’s Natural History: Sand Dunes to Streetcars,” which describes centuries of change in The City’s wildlife and ecology. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Brooks Headley: The James Beard Award-winning chef who left upscale dining to open Superiority Burger in New York City’s East Village is promoting his new volume “Superiority Cookbook: The Vegetarian Hamburger Is Now Delicious.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

REO Speedwagon, Chicago: The Illinois-rock bands are known for their plentiful top 10 hits from the 1960s through the 1980s. [7:30 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Justin Townes Earle: The contemporary Americana artist (son of country rock great Steve Earle) plays from new album “Single Mothers” headlining bill with Lydia Loveless. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Cheese and Wine Tasting with Rainbow Grocery Coop: The San Francisco Public Library Summer Stride series hosts cheesemonger Gordon Edgar in a talk about cheese and wine pairing for ages 21 and older. [5:30 p.m., Mission Bay Library, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

The House of Red Velvet: The show, “a euphoric dark art, surreal and erotic performance experience” offers “artistically sexy and bizarre appearances by “beautiful otherworldly burlesque dancers.” [9:30 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Music in the Park: The free summer concert series running Wednesday evenings through Aug. 22 opens with Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers, a nine-piece rock ‘n’ soul revue featuring Angie Maserati. [6 to 8 p.m., Stafford Park, King Street and Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City]

Darnell Moore: The activist and author of “Coming of Age Black and Free in America” discusses the intersection of faith, sexuality, blackness and gender in an Inforum talk with radio hosts Hana Baba and Leila Day. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Furniture Society: The group promoting the art of furniture opens a three-day conference “NEXUS: Perspectives on Art, Design, Craftsmanship, and Technology“ running Thursday through Saturday at Dogpatch Studios with a free reception. [7 p.m., Harmonic Brewing, 1050 26th St., S.F.]

Rachel Bronson: The CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists addresses nuclear proliferation, climate change and more in a session called, “Can we turn back the hands of the Doomsday Clock?” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]


Alien: The contemporary dance work, a collaboration between choreographers Tim Rubel and Berlin-based Elisabeth Kindler-Abali, explores what it means to be an outsider, a visitor or a newcomer to an “environment that fears and questions your presence.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Edward M. Hallowell: The doctor and authority on attention disorders is promoting his memoir, “Because I Come From a Crazy Family: The Making of a Psychiatrist,” a funny and heartwarming “paean to the mentally ill and those who love them.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Kesha and Macklemore: The collaborative pop singer and rapper are on their “The Adventures of… “ tour, promoting their 2017 albums “Rainbow” (Kesha) and “Gemini.” [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway. Mountain View]

Gail Honeyman: The Scottish author speaks about her funny and touching debut novel “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine,” which Reese Witherspoon’s production company has picked up as possible vehicle for the star. [Noon, Orinda Books, 276 Village Square, Orinda]

Comedy at Ashkenaz!: The second annual Gay Pride Comedy Night offers a multicultural (Asian, African American, Jewish, Caucasian) and multigenerational (ages 20s to 60s) lineup of local LGBT comics: Karen Ripley, Irene Tu, Nick Leonard, Dom Gelin and Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

Michael Eric Dyson: The Georgetown University sociology professor and contributor to the New York Times speaks about his new book “What Truth Sounds Like: RFK, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America.” [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland]

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar: Critics have called author’s novel “The Map of Salt and Stars” a “rich and lyrical” debut that is “to Syria what ‘The Kite Runner’ was to Afghanistan.’” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Ojai at Berkeley: The acclaimed classical festival’s music Director Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads the local premiere of “Bye Bye Beethoven,” a semi-staged concert of works by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Ives, Cage and Kurtág, with the Bay Area debut of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Bancfroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

A Hawk and a Hacksaw: The Albuquerque-based indie group led by Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost and inspired by Eastern European folk music released its eighth album “Forest Bathing,” a result of “taking in the forest atmosphere.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Blue October: The melodic post-grunge quintet from Texas with the new single “I Hope You’re Happy” headlines a bill with alt-power pop rockers in Kitten. [8 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

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