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June 7-8: Mother Night, Lucy Kalanithi & John Duberstein, Chanticleer, Trina Robbins, Vulfpeck, Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Charm Offensive, Paul Erlich, The Apology

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Megan Briggs and Chris Morrell appear in Custom Made Theatre’s “Mother Night.” (Courtesy Jay Yamada)
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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7

Mother Night
: Custom Made Theatre stages artistic director Brian Katz’s stage adaptation of the famed Kurt Vonnegut novel, which addresses the case of an American spy during World War II on trial in Israel as a Nazi war criminal. [7:30 p.m. 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lucy Kalanithi and John Duberstein: The wife of Paul Kalanithi, known for the best-selling posthumous memoir “When Breath Becomes Air,” appears with John Duberstein, whose late wife Nina Riggs wrote “The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Chanticleer: The concert “Psalm” includes works by Dufay, Poulenc, Weelkes, Victoria and Palestrina along with the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winner John Harbison’s first composition for the choral group. [8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church , 2407 Dana St., Berkeley]

Trina Robbins: The cartoonist presents her new graphic novel “A Minyen Yidn” — or “A Bunch of Jews (and other stuff)” — an adaptation of short stories her father Max B. Perlson first published in the late 1930s in Yiddish. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Vulfpeck: The old-school sounding funk band first known for 2014’s “Sleepify,” a 10-track silent album on Spotify, released “The Beautiful Game” in 2016. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Chris James & Patrick Rynn: San Diego-based vocalist-guitarist James and bassist Rynn are known for their work in the Blue Four as well as their collaborations with blues legends. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

The Charm Offensive
: The evening of comedy features Ahmed Bharoocha, Paco Romane, Krista Fatka, David Roth, Chelsea Bearce, Ray Connolly and Justin Lockwood. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Paul Ehrlich: The Stanford biology professor and “Population Explosion” author discusses “the future before us and the world we want it to be” with Jeremy Lent, author of “The Patterning Instinct” and “Requiem of the Human Soul.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

THURSDAY, JUNE 8

The Apology
: Opening a three-day run, the human-rights documentary by Tiffany Hsiung explores the lives of former “comfort women,” an estimated 200,000 women and girls forced into military sex slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.

Melville 100
: The program, marking the centennial of postwar filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville, screens 1967’s “Le Samouraï,” the influential French-Italian crime thriller starring Alain Delon as a hitman. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Rita Liberti and Maureen Smith: The authors speak about “San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation, and Community,” a book of 15 essays covering issues and personalities surrounding local competition and recreation in the last 150 years. [5 to 6 p.m., S.F. Public Library, Learning Studio, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Gilbert Baker Celebration of Life: The creator of the rainbow flag, who died March 31, is remembered at a free multimedia event. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; reserve at https://gilbertbaker.eventbrite.com/]

Garry Kasparov: The world chess champion and human rights activist, whose new book is “Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped,” appears in conversation with Holly Kernan of KQED. [Noon, Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

CHEF’s Gala: The fundraiser for Episcopal Community Services, which assists homeless people, includes bites and drinks offered by some of The City’s top restaurants. [6:30 to 10 p.m., Bespoke, Westfield Centre, 845 Market St., Suite 450, S.F.]

Low Cut Connie: The Philadelphia-based alt rock band’s new tune “Revolution Rock n Roll” was described by Rolling Stone as “a political anthem drunkenly teetering on platform heels.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Laleh Khadivi: The Iranian author celebrates the release of “A Good Country,” her novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Robyn Hitchcock: The erudite veteran rocker’s new video “Raymond & The Wires,” which is about his dad, includes footage of trams in Reading, England, and of vintage MUNI cars. [9 p.m,, Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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