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May 16-17: Beyoncé, Andrew Bird, Joanna Newsom, Jojo Moyes, Charles Bradley

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Beyoncé, pictured performing May 12 in San Diego, is promoting her new album “Lemonade.” (Frank Micelotta/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images)


Beyoncé: The pop superstar brings her Formation World Tour to the South Bay. [6 p.m., Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara]

Andrew Bird: The indie folk-rocker, whose latest CD “Are You Serious” includes contributions from Fiona Apple and Blake Mills, headlines a show with alt-pop balladeer John Grant, receiving cclaim for his third album “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure.” [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Center for New Plays at Stanford: “Kirk at the San Francisco Airport Hyatt,” a play by Krista Knight about a family coming to grips with the aftermath of their father’s stroke, is presented in a “rough reading.” [7:30 p.m., Roble Hall, 374 Santa Teresa St., Stanford University]

Rare Arthouse Films: The double bill titled “The Peril in ‘Coming of Age’” includes the 1944 Swedish film “Torment” followed by “Rapture,” a 1965 film directed by John Guillermin. [7 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

The Abolitionists: The film, featuring commentary by Homeland Security agent Tim Ballard, brings to light the fight against child sex trafficking and includes undercover footage from rescue operations around the world, [7:30 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Cate Le Bon: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the Wales-born, Southern California based folk pop singer, whose new recording is “Crab Day.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Joanna Newsom: City Arts & Lectures presents the critically-acclaimed harpist, keyboardist, vocalist, lyricist and actress in conversation with Dave Eggers, author of “The Circle.” [7 p.m.., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Jojo Moyes: The British writer, two-time winner of Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists’ Association, discusses her latest book “Me Before You.” [5 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Charles Bradley: The soul singer, reminiscent of Otis Redding, has a new album “Changes” with a evocative cover of the Black Sabbath tune of the same name. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Ken Kalfus: The author discusses “Coup de Foudre,” a collection whose title story (published in Harper’s magazine) is about the president of an international lending institution accused of sexually assaulting a housekeeper in a hotel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Robin Sloan: The author of the best-selling “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” and technology journalist Kim-Mai Cutler appear in conjunction with the nonprofit Write A House, which is offering homes to writers in Detroit. [7 p.m., Shinola, 722 Montgomery St., S.F.]

You Are What You Wear: A panel of fashion and retail entrepreneurs and experts addresses how the industry and consumers are increasingly focused on sustainability and promoting environmentally friendly products. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

The Imagine Bus Project Freedom Gala: Scott Budnick, producer of “The Hangover” movies and founder for the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, is the guest speaker at the benefit for the nonprofit, which serves incarcerated youths. [6 p.m., Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.]

Damien Jurado: The lo-fi indie rocker (known for contributions to movie soundtracks) headlines; thoughtful Australian singer-songwriter Ben Abraham opens. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Elizabeth Church: The novelist’s acclaimed debut “The Atomic Weight of Love,” which takes place between World War II and the Vietnam War, is about a woman whose scientific ambition is caught up in her relationships with two men. [7 p.m., Books Inc., Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Margaret Guroff: The S.F Bicycle Coalition is co-sponsoring the talk by the author of “The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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  • bob

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