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March 16-17: S.F. Flower & Garden Show, Shobha Rao, Peter Frampton, La Fin Absolute Du Monde, This Will Destroy You, Bark and Whine Ball, Antonia Hall

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Opening today at the San Mateo County Event Center, the 30th San Francisco Flower & Garden Show boasts creative landscape designs; “Country Clutter” by Marty and Debbie Thorsson from the 2015 show is pictured. (Courtesy photo)
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

S.F. Flower & Garden Show: Celebrating its 30th year, the five-day event opening today features designer gardens, demonstrations, tips from experts and many items for sale. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Shobha Rao: The award-winning San Francisco author celebrates the release of “An Unrestored Woman,” a collection of stories that trace their origins to the formation of India and Pakistan in 1947, but transcend that historical moment. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Breast Cancer Symposium: Learn about advances in research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer from Alta Bates Summit oncology specialists; call (510) 204-5656 to reserve. [5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Health Education Center, Bechtel Hall, 400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland]

Peter Frampton: The 1970s hitmaker is playing acoustic versions of his songs in an intimate setting. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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La Fin Absolute Du Monde: The Oakland husband-wife avant garde metal duo begins its tour. [8 p.m., Golden Bull, 412 14th St, Oakland]

This Will Destroy You: The band from San Marcos, Texas has been playing “brutal, dynamic and precariously visceral instrumental rock” for about a decade. [7 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Bark and Whine Ball: The 19th annual event is a red carpet, dining-and-dancing gala to benefit San Francisco SPCA animals. [6:30 p.m,, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Antonia Hall: The author, artist, self-improvement expert and spiritual teacher writer shares information from ”The Ultimate Guide to a Multi-Orgasmic Life” at an event with free entry, wine and prizes. {6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

THURSDAY, MARCH 17

Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Led by Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Big Sam Williams, the band puts funk, rock, hip-hop and jazz into a pot, then mixes in New Orleans’ brass and grooves.[7:30 p.m., SF Jazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Mapping Dance-The Scores of Anna Halprin: The exhibition, which collects iconic choreographic scores and performance videos of pioneer dance artist Halprin, opens with a sensory walk and reception. [5 to 8:30 p.m., Museum of Performance + Design, 893B Folsom St., S.F.]

Sub Society: The evening of electronic music, art, dancing and photography includes contributions from Penthouse Penthouse, Shawna, Robno, resident DJs Danis, Triangle Man and Rachel Mandala. [10 p.m., Harlot, 46 Minna St., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio!: This month’s installment of the standup series features Sherry Glaser, Abhay Nadkarni, Baruch Porras-Hernandez, Judi Leff. Eve Meyer and hostess Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Diablo Ballet Gala: The troupe celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a dinner and performance of works by Val Caniparoli, Gary Master, Sonya Delwaide and Robert Dekkers. [6:30 p.m., Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

Cemetery of Splendor: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents the first of six screenings of the work by Thai auteur Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul (a former YBCA artist-in-residence) about soldiers who are stricken with a mysterious sleeping sickness. [7:30 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution: The first comprehensive retrospective of the life of the impresario who launched the careers of countless rock and roll legends from the 1960s (and beyond) opens. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Essaie Pas: The Canadian minimal wave duo minimal wave duo (producers Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau) released their debut on DFA Records. [9 p.m., Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.]

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