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May 10-11: Mushroom Cure, Flaming Lips, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Whose Technology?, Rodney Crowell, Dan Cummins, Scottish Ballet

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Adam Strauss appears in the West Coast premiere of “The Mushroom Cure,” a show detailing his battle with obsessive compulsive disorder running through June 3 at The Marsh. (Courtesy Dixie Sheridan)


The Mushroom Cure: Adam Strauss’ one man show, an off-Broadway hit, is the true tale of his funny and harrowing attempts to treat his debilitating obsessive-compulsive disorder with hallucinogenic mushrooms. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

The Flaming Lips: Wayne Coyne’s pysch-space rock band is backing its latest release “Oczy Mlody,” headlining a bill with Klangstof, an alt rock group from Amsterdam. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Sarah Ladipo Manyika: The novelist appears in conversation with Vendela Vida about “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun,” the story of a 75-year-old Nigerian woman living in San Francisco who is determined to keep a youthful outlook and lifestyle. [7:30 p.m., 1231 Ninth Ave., Green Apple Books, S.F.]

Whose Technology? Protest, Resistance, and the Reshaping of the Global Village: Scholars Ramesh Srinivasan (author of “Whose Global Village? Rethinking How Technology Shapes Our World”) and Finn Brunton (“Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest”) speak about their books, with Shahid Buttar of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Opening Night: The 1978 film — a tribute to actors and the search for artistic integrity centering around a stage actress (Gena Rowlands) grappling with her character — screens in the series “Personality Is Plot: The Films of John Cassavetes.” [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Rodney Crowell: The veteran troubadour, whose newest album is “Close Ties,” headlines a concert with young Australian guitar virtuoso “smokin” Joe Robinson opening. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

All Them Witches: The Nashville-based psych-rock quartet’s new release is “Sleeping Through The War.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dan Cummins: The comic, who hosted “The Playboy Morning Show” and is known for his observational and unique autobiographical material, opens a four-night headlining gig with Max Curry and Shanti Charan. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Scottish Ballet: Cal Performances presents the West Coast premiere of the troupe’s award-winning adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Nancy Meckler, choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, with a jazz score by Peter Salem. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Dana Street near Bancroft Way, UC Berkeley campus]

Elegy to Ecstasy-Films from Canyon Cinema: The evening is dedicated to the 50-year-old nonprofit that champions avant-garde and experimental filmmaking in the Bay Area and beyond. [7 p.m., BAMPFA, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

The Weeks: The Nashville-via-Mississippi band — twins Cyle (lead vocals) and Cain Barnes (drums), along with Sam Williams (guitar) and Damien Bone (bass) — has shifted from Southern and soul-tinged sounds to “loud, ornery, guitar-driven rock ’n’ roll.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Radiotopia: The podcast’s sold-out touring show includes material from 99% Invisible with Jon Mooallem and the Brink Players, Criminal, The Allusionist, The Memory Palace, Mortified and more. [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Saved by the Breakdown Tour: The metal lineup includes San Antonio headliners Upon A Burning Body, Within The Ruins and Kublai Khan. [8 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Natalie Robins: The poet and nonfiction author discusses her latest volume “The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling,” a portrait of the literary critic and famed New York intellectual. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 100 Bay St., Sausalito]

Real Vocal String Quartet: The eclectic group — string quartet, string band, vocal quartet and improvising world-music collective — headlines a fundraiser for Syrian Humanitarian Aid. [8 p.m., Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Jamey Johnson: The Alabama artist whose tune “In Color” won both top country music “Song of the Year” awards headlines a show with up-and-coming Nashville songwriter Brent Cobb. [8:30 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

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