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May 29-30: Real Housewives of Pancho Villa, Dr. Robert Pearl, Louis Katz, Amy Goldstein, Alvon Johnson, Thais Derich, Yardbirds, Doree Shafrir

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Cynthia Bailey, from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is among the subjects in Jason Mecier’s portrait show at Pancho Villa Taqueria. (Courtesy Jason Mecier)
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TUESDAY, MAY 30


The Real Housewives of Pancho Villa
: San Francisco artist Jason Mecier, who works in pasta and other found objects on his portraits, opens his “bean and noodle art show” featuring reality TV stars at a Taco Tuesday reception. [6 to 7 p.m., Pancho Villa Taqueria, 3071 16th St., S.F.]

Dr. Robert Pearl
: The Kaiser Permanente medical chief, author of “Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care–And Why We’re Usually Wrong” speaks on “getting the mistakes out of health care.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Louis Katz: The comic, whose act mixes high- and low-brow material, says on his website, “Louis Katz is your mother’s favorite comedian.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Amy Goldstein: The Washington Post writer’s “Janesville: An American Story” describes the fallout from the closing of a General Motors’ assembly plant in Wisconsin; she appears in conversation with UC Berkeley sociology professor Arlie Russell, author of “Strangers in Their Own Land.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Alvon Johnson: The blues guitar great was formerly a vocalist with the award-winning band, The Coasters. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Thais Derich: The California writer discusses her book “Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth After a Cesarean,” which is based on her personal experience. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Bombs Away-Humor Goes to War: It’s nearly the last day to view the exhibit of vintage newspaper cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, which reveal “the spirit of those at war and the people they left behind on the home front.” [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery, sixth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Yardbirds: The 1960s English rockers known for “For Your Love” open Yoshi’s “Summertime Blues” series. [8 p.m., 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Kano + Abe: The PlayGround Festival of New Works presentation by Ignacio Zulueta is billed as “a Daly City Bible story,” about a soldier on the run who enters the shadow world of his undocumented brother. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]


WEDNESDAY, MAY 31

Doree Shafrir: The senior culture writer at BuzzFeed is promoting her funny debut novel “Startup.” [6 p.m., Madewell, San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Samantha Walravens: The author of “Geek Girl Rising” discusses breaking the glass ceiling in tech with executives and engineers Maci Peterson, Aparna Pujar and Samara Trilling. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Eichler Homes-Modernism for the Masses: Designer Lucile Glessner presents a talk called “Sustainable Solutions & Materials for the Built Environment” in connection with the exhibition about famed architect Joseph Eichler’s impact on the Bay Area. [7 p.m., Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Rococode: The Vancouver-based synth-pop duo (Andrew Braun and Laura Smith), which infuses “hook-filled songs with lush textures and duet vocals,” opens for alt-rock Battle Tapes, about which one critic wrote, sounds like “Trent Reznor and Daft Punk went on a cocaine fueled party binge in Los Angeles.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Jayme Stone’s Folklife
: The banjo artist, composer and historian is joined by Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson and Tristan Clarridge in a concert of spirituals, calypsos and Appalachian tunes originally discovered by musicologist Alan Lomax. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

SF Documentary Film Festival: The 16th annual, two-week event kicks off with a sold-out screening of director Corbett Redford’s definitive “Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk,” followed by a 9 p.m., separately ticketed party at DNA Lounge. [7 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]

Pop-Up Magazine: The evening of live journalism features cutting-edge writers Rachel Monroe, Lu Olkowski, Sandra Allen, Fazeelat Aslam, Karen Duffin, Tabitha Soren, Yassir Lester, Jon Ronson and Gillian Laub. [7:30 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Grandeur: MacArthur “Genius” award winner Han Ong’s new play starring Carl Lumbly, which imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the “shape-shifting music legend” Gil Scott-Heron, begins preview performances. [8 p.m., Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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