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May 16-17: Dead Horses, Jack Challoner, Jeffrey Thomas Long, Ehud Barak, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Stand Up for Heroes, Animal Years, David Henry Hwang, Jeanine Tesori

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Margaret Jenkins Dance Company’s “Toward 45” — onstage May 17-19 — offers a preview of what the troupe has in store for its 45th season next year. (Courtesy photo)


Dead Horses: Opening for Horse Feathers, the folk duo — singer-songwriter Sarah Vos and bassist Daniel Wolff — offer songs with “cinematic lyrics and rustic instrumentation that draws on bluegrass, gospel, country, folk and Americana.” [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.].

Jack Challoner: Young scientists, crafters and those who enjoy exploring the outdoors are invited to meet the science educator, speaking about “Maker Lab Outdoors,” his book with projects that can be done outside, or that emphasize the earth and environment. [6 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Jeffrey Thomas Leong: The East Bay author launches “Wild Geese Sorrow: The Chinese Wall Inscriptions at Angel Island,” which narrates the experience of Chinese Americans detained at the Angel Island Immigration Station as told through poetry carved upon the barrack walls. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Ehud Barak: The former Israeli prime minister (in the post from 1999–2001) discusses his memoir “My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Yanis Varoufakis: KPFA Radio 94.1 FM presents the former finance minister of Greece, discussing his memoir is “Adults in the Room: My Battle With the European and American Deep Establishment.” [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Townsend Walker: The San Francisco scholar and writer appears in conversation with Martha Conway and reads from his new short story collection, “3 Women, 4 Towns, 5 Bodies.” [7:30 p.m., Bindery, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Tricky: The English record producer, vocalist and musician has named his newest album “Adrian Thaws” — which roams from “hip hop to house, jazz to blues, rock to reggae”– after himself. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Red Wanting Blue: The veteran rock band from Ohio, with the new album “The Wanting,” is known for its diehard fans and unwillingness to bow to music industry trends or demands. [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness: The indie rocker’s “The Pen and The Piano Tour” is an acoustic evening featuring Allen Stone, Zac Clark and Bob Oxblood. [7:30 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder’s screen classic starring Gloria Swanson as an aging star has been called “the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood.” [2 and 7 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.; Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]


Margaret Jenkins Dance Company: “Toward 45” showcases the contemporary choreographer and collaborators — poet Michael Palmer, musicians Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert and designer Alexander V. Nichols — as they share material they’re developing toward the company’s 45th season in 2019. [8 p.m., S.F. Conservatory of Dance, 301 Eighth St., second floor, S.F.]

Stand Up for Heroes: Dave Attell, Donnell Rawlings, Jeff Ross and special guests appear in the benefit presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation to raise funds for programs benefiting wounded veterans. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Animal Years: The Americana pop rock act — Mike McFadden (vocals/guitar), Anthony Saladino (bass) and Anthony Spinnato (drums) — is on its first national tour, promoting the EP “Far From Home,” produced by Ryan Hadlock, renowned for his work with The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile and Vance Joy. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori: The theater artists offer a sneak peek and talk about the genesis of their upcoming show “Soft Power.” [7 p.m. Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

High Crimes and Misdemeanors: Black Artists Contemporary Cultural Experience and Brava’s So Soul San Francisco’s Black Art Salon Series offers an “explosion of theatrical mayhem” centered around Robert O’Hara’s prescient political satire “-14: An American Maul.” [7 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Bay Area Vocal Academy: The voice training program ends season with a concert retelling the Cinderella story, featuring music by Massenet, Rossini, Brahms, Viardot, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Goldrich & Heisler and Stephen Sondheim. [6:30 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

KQED’s Walls and Bridges: The lecture-panel series presents “Zipcode and Health” with pediatrician Nadine Burke-Harris speaking on how the zip codes where people live can be indicators of well-being and life expectancy. [7 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Fourth St., S.F.]

Super Happy Fun Time Laughter Hour: The 60-minute mostly stand-up variety show has “sprinklings of improv, sketch, musical comedy and other weirdness.” [9 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

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