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June 14-16: Fresh Meat Festival, Boris Godunov, Kathy Griffin, Billy & Dolly, Art on the Square, Giants of Land and Sea, North Beach Festival, Lightplay Festival, Andrea Bocelli, Janelle Monáe, Ragazzi Continuo

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Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson are among the performers appearing in the 2018 Fresh Meat Festival, running June 14-17 at Z Space. (Courtesy Jay)

THURSDAY, JUNE 14

Fresh Meat Festival: Curator Sean Dorsey’s annual presentation of transgender and queer performance — billed as the “only event of its kind” — includes a transgender superhero rock opera, world- champion gay ballroom, award-winning queer disabled dance pioneers, gender-bending dance-theater, trans comedy and more. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Boris Godunov
: Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, the Pacific Boychoir and guest singers in the first of three semi-staged performances of the political drama featuring Mussorgsky’s original orchestration. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Kathy Griffin: The comedian, who seems to have survived bad press following a photo she posted of a seemingly decapitated Donald Trump, opens a two-day engagement of her Laugh Your Head Off tour. [8 p.m., Masonic,, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Pride Film Screenings
: The San Francisco Public Library screens “Straightlaced: How Gender’s Got us All Tied Up,” a 2009 documentary by the late lesbian activist and filmmaker Debra Chasnoff in which teens talk about pressures around gender and sexuality. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

PianoFight’s ShortLived VII: Billed as “the nation’s largest audience-judged theater competition,” the event, opening June 14 and running through Aug. 4, serves up 48 short plays in nine weeks, and one $5,000 champion. [8 p.m., 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Sick Tour: The pop-punk evening includes Bayside, The Movielife, and William Ryan Key (formerly of Yellowcard) opening for headliners New Found Glory. [7:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Billy & Dolly: Opening for Shy Boys, the San Francisco duo of Bill Rousseau and Dahlia Gallin Ramirez release “Five Suns,” an album with “loud guitars, dirty keyboards and the end of the world” on its agenda. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Maniac: The punk band from Los Angeles headlines a free show with Oakland’s Harold Ray and East Bay DJ Shannon Shaw from Shannon and the Clams. [7 p.m., Light Rail Studios, 672 Toland Place, S.F.]

Tommy Orange: The Oakland-based Native American writer, reading from his novel “There There,” has been compared to Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie and called a “brilliant new author at the start of a major career.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Uncaged Nights: The free event is a music talent showcase hosted by Tiger Beer and the local arts nonprofit Imprint City. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.; RSVP at ImprintCity.org]

FRIDAY, JUNE 15

Breaking Down Barriers: The San Francisco Black Film Festival screens the documentary subtitled “The C.R. Roberts Story,” about the civil rights pioneer born in Mississippi in 1936 and University of Southern California graduate whose fight with racism took him to U.S. Congress. [2:45 p.m., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 S. Fulton St., S.F.]

Giants of Land and Sea
: The California Academy of Sciences opens its new major exhibit exploring Northern California’s unparalleled natural phenomena via larger-than-life interactive displays in which visitors will experience the “epicness of the state’s iconic landscape.” [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F.]

A Man And His Trumpet-The Leroy Jones Story: The San Francisco Black Film Festival screens the New Orleans-set documentary about the legendary trumpeter, which reveals how he went from humble beginnings in the 7th Ward to touring with Harry Connick Jr. [4 p.m., African American Art and Culture Center, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Art on the Square: The 12th annual outdoor showcase offers a juried selection of arts and crafts by local vendors; the show accompanies “yacht rock” band Mustache Harbor playing at 6 p.m. in the free summer Music on the Square concert series. [5 to 8:30 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

The Nick Moss Band: The powerhouse Chicago blues group band featuring Dennis Gruenling celebrates its Alligator Records release “The High Cost of Low Living.” [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Wax Idols: One critic said the four-piece band from Oakland’s new album “Happy Ending” has “some of the most catchy, captivating, frost-coated post-punk you’ll hear.” [7 p.m., Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland]

Treepeople: The punk band from Boise and Seattle that formed in 1988 and reunited in 1994 is back for a few more reunion shows with all living original members (most famously Doug Martsch of Built to Spill) and Troy Wright on bass, replacing the late Pat Brown. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Amadou & Mariam: The famed “blind couple from Mali” is known for mixing Malian pop and Hendrix-flavored blues-rock with “spine-tingling harmonies.” [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Alesso: The Swedish producer (aka Alessandro Lindblad), who appeared with Madonna on tour in 2012, released his debut album “Forever” in 2015 on Def Jam. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Sara Shelton Mann
: The choreographer offers a look at her work-in-progress full-length work “Echo,” created with Anya Cloud, Jesse Zaritt and Pamela Z, slated to premiere in October. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

The Man Who Came to Dinner: Palo Alto Players present the 1939 George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart comedy classic about a radio personality who wreaks havoc on a household where he’s a guest. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Ragtime: Contra Costa Civic Theatre stages the musical by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel telling stories of a Jewish immigrant, a Harlem musician and a stifled woman of privilege. [8 p.m., 951 Pomona Ave., El Cerrito]

CubaCaribe Festival: The 14th annual three-week event showcasing Caribbean dance, music and theater begins with Alayo Dance Company in the premiere of “Calle.” [7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland]

SATURDAY, JUNE 16

Ragazzi Continuo, a group including alumni of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, sings in San Francisco on June 16 and Palo Alto on June 17. (Courtesy David Allen)

Ragazzi Continuo: The a cappella men’s choir’s varied spring program “There Is Sweet Music” includes music from Sweden and Ghana as well as gospel and nature-themed material. [7:30 p.m., Trinity St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

North Beach Festival: The 64th annual free event offers 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food, two stages of entertainment, Italian street painting, kid’s chalk art and the 2 p.m. blessing of the animals at the Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., near Grant Avenue, Columbus Avenue, Broadway, Green and Vallejo streets, S.F.]

Lightplay Festival of Light: Visitors are invited to “observe and play in the glow of natural and human-made light” in a day filled with programs including immersive artworks and hands-on activities. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, S.F.]

Pub in the Park: New Redwood City-presented festivities include a British-style inflatable pub, quality beers from local breweries, bluegrass music and a “laid-back” place for socializing. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mezes Park, Warren and Standish streets, Redwood City]

Unite the Tribes: The interactive two-day performance art event “explores what an urban indigenous community looks like as we witness the separation and displacement of long time residents of San Francisco.” [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., SoMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Andrea Bocelli: The Italian superstar tenor is singing arias, crossover pop hits and traditional Italian folk songs on his American stadium tour. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Janelle Monáe: The R&B singer-songwriter, producer, actress and activist is on her North American Dirty Computer Tour; St. Beauty opens. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Olden Yolk: The New York-based outfit led by Shane Butler and Caity Shaffer play 1960s-style British folk music with a dystopian bend. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Flatbush Zombies: The Brooklyn rap trio’s new album “Vacation in Hell” has an accompanying short film “Vacation-The Movie” costarring fans Lin Manuel Miranda, John Leguizamo and Ice T. [9 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Stars: The indie chamber pop band from Toronto’s first album was 2001’s “Nightsongs.” [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh: The young adult authors launch their books: Tahir presents “The Reaper at the Gates” and Ahdieh’s is “Smoke in the Sun.” [3 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

International Orange Chorale: “Pilgrimage and Passage: Songs of Yearning” features the a cappella piece “Path of Miracles: Santiago” by Joby Talbot and a reprise of audience favorite “Dream Triptych” by 2017 composer-in-residence Elliott Encarnacion. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Black LGBT Awards: The Black LGBT Historical Society Celebration presents the Black LGBT Music Hall of Fame and the short film “Too Late! You’ve Already Been Touched by the Song!” [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jonah Sirota: The violist celebrates the release of his album “Strong Sad” on a bill with Classical Revolution String Quartet. [8 p.m., Monument, 140 Ninth St., S.F.]

California: North and South: The gallery show, opening June 16 and running through Sept. 30, surveys the state’s seminal art movements from 1945 to the present and includes abstract and figurative works by Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Ed Moses, Manuel Neri, Ed Ruscha and Wayne Thiebaud. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Heather James Fine Art, 49 Geary St., S.F.]

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