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June 5-6: SF Ethnic Dance Festival, SF Docfest, Ocean Beach cleanup, Very Perry Show, Austin Lucas, Antonio Villaraigosa

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Juan Carlos Morales Esqueda, left, and Angela Espinoza appear with Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl, a troupe performing dances from Mexico’s Veracruz this weekend at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. (Courtesy World Arts West)


S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival: The first weekend of the 38th annual event, which runs through June 19, includes dances from China, Bolivia, Senegal, Spain, India, the Philippines, Mexico, Java and Japan. [4 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

East LA Interchange: SF DocFest screens the film, about the evolution the of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights neighborhood from multicultural to predominately Latino (and a center of Mexican-American culture); director Betsy Kalin attends. [7 p.m., Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Music at a Time of War: Old First Concerts presents a music and spoken word program featuring Schoenberg’s “Ode to Napoleon” with pianist Gwendolyn Mok and members of the San Francisco Symphony, poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Hass and Ravel’s “Trio” in A minor, [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Dr. Loco’s 75th Birthday Tribute to Jim Pepper: Saxophonists Jose “Dr. Loco” Cuellar, Francis Wong, Hafez Modirzadeh and Melecio Magdaluyo celebrate the jazz fusion pioneer of Kaw and Creek descent in a free concert. [1 p.m,, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Union Street Festival: The 40th annual fair features food, live entertainment, artwork and activities for kids. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Ocean Beach cleanup and treats: Ghirardelli and Surfrider Foundation host the activity; participants in the effort get a voucher for a free Ghirardelli sundae. [10 a.m. to noon, Ocean Beach Stairwell 17, 1000 Great Highway, S.F.]

The Very Perry Show: Katy Perry (a former San Francisco resident) described as “the Irish version of Tracey Ullman,” appears in her acclaimed solo performance, presented by the S.F. International Arts Festival. [2 p.m., Fort Mason, Southside Theater, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Austin Lucas: The Indiana troubadour is promoting “Between the Moon and the Midwest,” a concept album that “marries traditional and cosmic country sounds with vivid storytelling.” [8:30 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St, S.F.]

Culinary Death Match: In the SF Design Week event, chefs Kelsey Kerr, Mark Liberman and Galen Vasquez compete in three events: preparing food in a kiln, creating their own serving dish out of clay and plating food on a sculptural piece. [4 to 7 p.m., Jered’s Pottery, 867 S. 19th St., Richmond]


Antonio Villaraigosa: The former mayor of Los Angeles speaks about his career, the impact of the Latino vote on the presidential election and other political issues of the day. [6:30 p.m.. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Full Metal Cinema: The program, focusing on movies that have been overlooked and/or misunderstood, screens Ryan Gosling’s writing-directing debut “Lost River.” [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Nikki Einfeld with Left Coast: The acclaimed Bay Area soprano joins the ensemble in a concert of works by Schubert, Strauss, Poulenc, Ives and Hindemith. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Archetti Baroque String Ensemble: The group performs Giovanni Antonio Guido’s “Le Quattro Staggioni dell’Anno,” which is inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” [8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Seven Performances in Honor of Alan Curtis: The late harpsichordist is honored in a free concert featuring Matthew Dirst, Arthur Haas, Katherine Heater, Jung Hae Kim, Gilbert Martinez, Tilman Skowroneck and Elaine Thornburgh. [5 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

Paul Simon: The songwriting great appears in conversation with Dave Eggers in a sold-out benefit for 826 Valencia, presented by City Arts and Lectures. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Paula Treick DeBoard: The California writer is promoting her thriller “The Drowning Girls,” described as “a heart-pounding look at what lies behind the deceptively placid veneer of the well-to-do suburbs.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Jensen Beach: The Vermont-based writer speaks about “Swallowed by the Cold,” his collection of stories set in Swedish village on the Baltic Sea and in Stockholm over the course of two years. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

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