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June 6-7: Revelations: Art from the African American South, Chris Haft, B Boys, Jeremy Fish, Street Fighting Men, Resilience Archives Showcase, Alex Filippenko, Michael Frank

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Joe Light’s painting “Dawn” is among the works on view in “Revelations-Art from the African American South” at the de Young Museum. (Courtesy Stephen Pitkin/Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
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TUESDAY, JUNE 6

Revelations: Art from the African American South: The recently opened exhibit includes paintings, sculptures, drawings and quilts by 22 contemporary African American artists, whose work examines the African Diaspora, slavery and the Jim Crow era of institutionalized racism. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Chris Haft: The co-author (with Mike Krukow) of “If These Walls Could Talk: San Francisco Giants: Stories from the San Francisco Giants Dugout, Locker Room, and Press Box” tells tales from the volume. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

B Boys
: The Brooklyn punk band, showing its softer side on its new album “Dada,” opens for Merchandise. [9 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Jeremy Fish: Chronicle Books and the author launch “O Glorious City: A Love Letter to San Francisco,” which contains all 100 drawings Fish created in 100 days to celebrate the 100th birthday of City Hall. [5:30 to 7 p.m., City Hall, South Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Patio Picnic: Starbelly chef Adam Timney is serving a $45 per person special menu — fried chicken, Jalapeno corn bread, slaw, butter beans and bacon, stone fruit cobbler — on the eatery’s covered, outdoor patio. [6 and 8 p.m., 3583 16th St., S.F.]

Street Fighting Men: The character-driven documentary by Andrew James examines the daily lives of three men surviving in the neighborhoods of post-industrial Detroit. [7:15 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Resilience Archives Showcase: The evening includes performances by LGBTQ Asian-American-Pacific Islander storytellers led by Kat Evasco and the launch of a Visibility Project book from with intimate portraits of queer and trans Asian Americans. [6 p.m., Intersection for the Arts, 901 Mission St., S.F.]

Alex Filippenko: The professor of astronomy from UC Berkeley discusses exciting research and other activities being completed at Lick Observatory. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

Michael Frank
: The former Los Angeles Times book critic appears with Wendy Lesser of “The Threepenny Review,” discussing “The Mighty Franks,” his memoir capturing his unique relationship with his aunt and uncle, a Hollywood screenwriting team. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., fourth floor, S.F.]

Jess Arndt: One critic called the writer’s “Large Animals” a “wildly original,” short story collection, “even as it joins in with the classics of loaded, outlaw literature.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Brokeback
: Pitchfork described the band’s new album “Illinois River Valley Blues” as a “fantasy soundtrack for a Western Quentin Tarantino hasn’t made yet, or one of the forthcoming episodes of ‘Twin Peaks,’ or even a Tarnation album without Paula Frazer.” [9 p.m., Night Light, 311 Broadway, Oakland]

Hershey Felder, Beethoven: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley begins preview performances of a show in which pianist, actor and storyteller Felder plays the great composer as well as Gerhard von Breuning, the boy who cared for him in the last years of his life. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Grandeur: Han Ong’s new play starring Carl Lumbly, which imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the “shape-shifting music legend” Gil Scott-Heron, opens a three-week run. [8 p.m., Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

A Night with Janis Joplin: American Conservatory Theater begins previews of the Broadway show Variety called a “celebration of the blues and those beautiful bruises they leave on a singer’s soul.” [8 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Builders and the Butchers: One critic said that the Portland-based folk rock band (which is releasing the album “The Spark”) has a “no-holds-barred approach to Americana, one that lands them somewhere in between Lucero and the Decemberists.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1277 17th St., S.F.]

Roger Waters: The Pink Floyd co-founder and creative genius is on his “Us + Them” tour, which features classic Pink Floyd, some new songs and solo work. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

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