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June 27-28: Snail Mail, Jimmy: According to Me, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Phil Hanley, Luke Winslow-King, Vincent Chu, Bill Clinton and James Patterson, Reefriders, Spencer Christian

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Indie rocker Snail Mail (aka Lindsey Jordan) plays in Oakland June 27 and the Swedish American Hall in San Francisco on June 28, promoting her critically acclaimed debut “Lush.” (Courtesy Matador Records)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Snail Mail: Pitchfork called the project of 19-year-old Lindsey Jordan — whose debut album on Matador is “Lush” — “the future of indie rock”; she plays two Bay Area dates, in the East Bay and The City. [7 p.m., Starline Social Club, 2236 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland]

Jimmy: According to Me: Carl Lumbly and Delroy Lindo appear in a staged reading of their work-in-progress 60-minute theatrical depiction of author and social justice activist James Baldwin. [7 p.m., Diego Rivera Theatre, City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan Ave., S.F.]

Mighty Mighty Bosstones: The ska band from Boston’s new 10th album is “While We’re At It”; the group headlines a concert with Los Kung Fu Monkeys and Buster Shuffle. [7 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Phil Hanley: The New York-based Canadian comic, whose new album is “Please Don’t Chit Chat While I’m Pursuing My Dream,” opens a four-day engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Luke Winslow-King: New Orleans’ 2015 blues artist of the year, whose new album is “Blue Mesa,” is a singer-songwriter known for slide guitar work and playing an eclectic mix of pre-war blues and traditional jazz. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Vincent Chu: The Puschart Prize-nominated writer, a San Francisco resident, discusses his debut story collection “Like a Champion” with Lisa D. Gray. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Sanjuro Toyoaki: The artist presents a workshop about ozashiki, or geisha, music, part of a lineup of Japan Week activities. [6 p.m., Union Bank Community Room, Japan Center East Mall, 22 Peace Plaza, S.F.]

Soar with Reading launch event: JetBlue introduces its program in which five vending machines with new, free books for kids in English and Spanish are being placed in under-served communities with a goal to distribute 100,000 books over the summer. [10 a.m. to noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Joe Heitzeberg and Ethan Lowry: The founders of Crowd Cow, a startup providing consumers with meat cuts directly from farmers, are promoting their new book, “Craft Beef.” [6 to 8 p.m., Avedano’s, 235 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Who Will Speak For America?: Contributors Veronica Scott Esposito, Charlie Jane Anders and Craig Santos Perez celebrate the release of the book, a “multigenre response to the current political crisis featuring over 40 poets, fiction writers, essayists, and artists.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

TransContinental Variety Tour: Recently engaged comedian Krish Mohan and musician Liss Victory, an “interracial, cross-genre, mixed media couple,” appear in their fringe festival show — which addresses immigration, race, feminism and more. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Kris Gruen: The songwriter, whose Americana-influenced new folk is grounded in the tradition of artists such as Cat Stevens and Paul Simon, opens for Eva and the Vagabond Tales. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Ramana Vieira: The singer of Portuguese fado music and her ensemble play “haunting and romantic folk music of Portugal, originals and classics.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

THURSDAY, JUNE 28

Bill Clinton and James Patterson: The former president and novelist speak about “The President is Missing,” which represents the first time a president has collaborated with a bestselling writer on a work of fiction. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

The Reefriders: The California based three-piece instrumental guitar band plays hits from the classic early surf bands to the “red hot scorching sounds of Dick Dale.” [8:30 p.m. Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Spencer Christian: The longtime TV weatherman for KGO-TV in The City speaks about his book, “You Bet Your Life: How I Survived Jim Crow Racism, Hurricane Chasing, and Gambling” with his colleague, anchor Dan Ashley. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Pink Flamingos: Film School Drop Outs, the Roxie Theater’s new “over-the-top monthly cult movie experience brought to you by Peaches Christ Productions” screens the 1972 John Waters classic starring drag queen Divine as a criminal living under the name of Babs Johnson, “the filthiest person alive.” [9:30 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Synthetic Biology: Scientists and writers Jane Metcalfe, Annalee Newitz and Emily Leproust discuss how DNA synthesis is changing the landscape of medical research in connection with the exhibition “Cult of the Machine.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stanford Summer Jazz
: Participants in Standford Jazz Workshop play the second show in the seasonal series of 10 free concerts. [6 p.m., Plaza, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto]

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