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May 19-20: Robert Moses’ Kin, Garrard Conley, Pay 2 Play, Comedy of Errors, David Huang, Sound Healing Bath

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San Francisco’s acclaimed dance company Robert Moses’ Kin stages a new piece at Z Space. (Courtesy RJ Muna)
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THURSDAY, MAY 19

Robert Moses’ Kin: The San Francisco-based contemporary dance troupe premieres “21 Fully Realized Incomplete Thoughts,” which the choreographer calls “a series of dramatic episodes.” [8 p.m., Z Space, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Garrard Conley: The author reads from “Boy Erased: A Memoir,” which is about how he grew up as the gay son of a Baptist pastor in small-town Arkansas, terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Pay2Play-Democracy’s High Stakes: The S.F. League of Women Voters screens the entertaining documentary about the corrupting influence of money in politics. [6 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, Innovation Hangar Theatre, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

The Comedy of Errors: Gritty City Repertory, a youth theater in Oakland devoted to casting local minorities, opens its seven-performance run of the Shakespeare favorite. [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

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All About Photo Awards: A reception marks the opening of a show of winning images of the inaugural international competition, selected from 5,000 entries. [6 to 9 p.m., Jules Maeght Gallery, 149 Gough St., S.F.]

Wish Upon a Star-the Art of Pinocchio: John Canemaker, guest curator of the current exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum in The City, heads a panel on the tale of Pinocchio, its Italian legacy and the famed 1940 animated Disney adaptation. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio: The seventh anniversary of stand-up comedy series features the all-female lineup of Yayne Abeba, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Robin Cee, Yvette Fernandez and Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

David Huang solo show: The photographer and journalist’s exhibit — which tells a revealing story about a single room occupancy resident of San Francisco’s Chinatown and his American dream –opens with a reception. [4 to 7 p.m. 41 Ross, 41 Ross Alley, S.F.]


FRIDAY, MAY 20

Sound Healing Bath: Hundreds are expected at the Suicide Prevention benefit concert, a guided sound meditation by Guy Douglas designed to foster a sense of community and awareness around mental health concerns happening in one of the The City’s most beautiful churches. [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Maker Faire: The publishers of Make magazine open the three-day “showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness” where people of all ages and backgrounds show what they are making and share what they are learning. [1 to 5 p.m., Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Ave., San Mateo]

Adoptathon… and Beyond: The S.F. SPCA kicks off its “Mane of Thrones” weekend offering free pet adoptions and festivities at six rescue centers with a futuristic-themed cocktail party. [6 p.m., 201 Alabama St., S.F.]

S.F. Zoo KidsFest: The fund-raiser geared toward families includes wildlife presentations, access to the new sculpture learning plaza, live music, face painting, arts and crafts and refreshments. [6 to 8 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F.]

AltCar Expo: The free, two-day event, billed as “the most extensive gathering of alternative fuel and low emission vehicles,” opens. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland]

Lieder Alive!: The evening of German music features mezzo soprano Kindra Scharick, violinists Zakarias Grafilo and Frederick Lifsitz, violist Paul Yarbrough and cellist Sandy Wilson in the premiere of Grafilo’s Arrangements of Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” and more. [6 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Oakland Symphony: Michael Morgan leads the orchestra, symphony chorus, electric violinist Tracy Silverman and soprano Nicole Joseph in a concert of music by John Adams, Stravinsky, Barber and Rave. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Race relations symposium: Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center sponsors “Innovations in Strengthening Race Relations in Our Communities” with presentations by leaders of advocacy organizations. [7:30 a.m., Jamieson Auditorium, Franklin Templeton Investments, 1 Franklin Templeton Parkway, Building 920, San Mateo]

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