Categories: Arts Calendar

May 31-June 2: Solo Date, Magical Dinner with Jade, Nerd Factor, Music on the Square, Tower of Power, Joan Jett, Styx, Maroon 5, Union Street Music Festival, Tony Bennett, Grillin’ in the ‘Mo, Franchesca Ramsey

THURSDAY, MAY 31

Solo Date: The “surreal love duet” by Taiwanese director Pao-Chang Tsai, about a person who attempts to reconstruct his deceased lover through artificial intelligence and social media, opens a three-performance run at the San Francisco International Arts Festival. [8:30 p.m. Southside Theater, Fort Mason, Building C, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

A Magical Dinner with Jade: The acclaimed magician appears, along with a progressive dinner by chef Chris Richardson and a tour through a site described as “one of the weirdest places in San Francisco.” [7 p.m., Gregangelo’s Velocity Circus, 225 San Leandro Way, S.F.]

Nerd Factor: In the show hosted by Tirumari Jothi, comics Chad Opitz, Eric Rubin, Meg Trowbridge and Gabrielle Poccia try to “out nerd” each other, with the audience deciding who wins. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Finding Your Asian American Roots
: Genealogist Grant Din recounts immigration stories of people from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines and India and offers information on how to use the library for personal genealogical research. [7:30 p.m., Main Library, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sinatra in Palm Springs-The Place He Called Home: The documentary by Leo Zahn illustrates how the small desert oasis 100 miles from Los Angeles became the crooner’s true home for 50 years. [7 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Serenity-Energetic Connections
: The group show, which runs through Sept. 25 and is presented by McKinley Art Solutions, opens with a reception with the artists (each displaying work on a different floor), who are attuned to the “sensitive nature of patient experiences in medical clinics.” [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., UCSF Women’s Health Center, 2356 Sutter St., S.F.]

Appendix Collective: The group of Asian American womxn and queer artists close “3 Exhibition,” their show “exploring how the text emoticon is part of an alternative language that transcends geographical and culture boundaries” with a talk and reception. [6 p.m., LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.] Horse Art Trivia: Contestants — in teams or solo — are invited compete for prizes and test their knowledge of “30,000 years of horse-related paintings, sculptures, videos, happenings and esoterica.” [7 to 9 p.m., Royal NoneSuch Gallery, 300 Jefferson St., Oakland]

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Music on the Square: The Peelers Band, a top 40s cover group, opens Redwood City’s Friday evening summer series of free outdoor concerts, which runs through Aug. 31. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Tower of Power: The Oakland jazz, soul and funk band, celebrating its 50th anniversary with a new album “Soul Side of Town,” opens a two-night hometown run. [8 p.m., Fox, 1607 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Styx, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Tesla: The bill of veteran rock acts includes most, but not all, of the group’s original members. [7 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Maroon 5: Promoters call Adam Levine’s Los Angeles pop-rock-R&B band “the most successful group in the history of the Billboard Hot 100”; its most recent, sixth studio album, is 2017’s “Red Pill Blues.” [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan: The Grammy-winning hit-making bands from the 1970s co-headline. [7:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Ray LaMontagne: The folk-blues rock artist plays from his new album “Part of the Light” on tour with singer-songwriter Neko Case (of New Pornographers’ fame). [7:30 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Stephen Stills and Judy Collins: The folk rock legends of (“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and more) celebrate the golden anniversary of their formative time together. [7 p.m., Luther Burbank Center, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa]

Bayview First Fridays-F Bombs!: The free show features comedy by Rashaan Mungo, Ali Littman, Uriah Jacquez, Geneva Rust-Orta, Karthik Lavangu, Jeremy Talamantes, headliner Torio Van Grol and host Zane Barrett. [7 p.m., Seven Stills, 1439 Egbert Ave., S.F.]

On and Off the Wall: On view through June 23, the show of “3-D” art — sculpture, glass, ceramic and jewelry — by Heny Alikashani, Rose Hagan, Celma Kirkwood, Barbara Brown, Theresa Robinson and Kiyoco Michot opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Gallery House, 320 S. California Ave., Palo Alto]

Right Here-Our Local Stories: On display through July 1, the exhibit of World War I memorabilia (letters, original newspaper stories, patriotic posters and a diary by Frank Duveneck detailing his service in the 322nd Field Signal Battalion) reveals how the Great War affected people on the homefront. [Noon to 4 p.m., Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Josh Rouse: The singer-songwriter’s latest recording “Love in the Modern Age” takes inspiration from the sound and production of 1980s releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Troupe Vertigo: The S.F. International Arts Festival presents the Los Angeles-based circus-dance-theater company in a show in which “five women inquire about confinement and freedom, while finding themselves constrained on an island of boxes.” [8:30 p.m. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Best F(r)iends-Vol. 2: The movie, by Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero (cult heroes who were subjects of “The Room”) is inspired by a road trip made by Sestero in which a drifter on the run encounters “wild and crazy characters through a series of twisted and dark foibles.” [8 p.m., Century at Tanforan, 1188 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Dancing Under the Stars: The free outdoor summer dance series, which continues Friday evenings through Aug. 31, kicks off 30-minute Cumbia dance lesson to the music of Selena, followed by a public dance party. [7:30 to 9 p.m., Jack London Square, Broadway and Water Street, Oakland]

Social Distortion: The Los Angeles-based punk rockers play for the 20th anniversary re-release of “Live at the Roxy” — with “Bad Luck,” “Mommy’s Little Monster” and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”, headlining a bill with Low Cut Connie and Aaron Lee Tasjan. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Dan Pugach: The Brooklyn-based jazz drummer, composer and arranger and his nine-piece ensemble play original material as well as inventive arrangements of jazz standards and pop tunes. [8 p.m., Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

Nellie McKay: The movie, TV and Broadway star’s new cabaret act includes material from her seventh album “Sister Orchid.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Union Street Music Festival: The 42nd annual event offers free, live music (12 acts) on four themed stages — jazz, blues, country and indie — and repeats with different artists Sunday. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Tony Bennett: The crooner is slated to unveil his honorary street sign Tony Bennett Way at 2 p.m. during an afternoon of festivities on Nob Hill. [Noon to 3 p.m., California and Mason streets, S.F.]

Grillin’ in the ‘Mo: Presented by the Village Project, the day of free entertainment and barbecue in the Fillmore includes performances by Tia Carroll, Soul Mechanix and the youth group The C Notes. [Noon to 5 p.m., Hamilton Rec Center, 1900 Geary St., S.F.]

Franchesca Ramsey: Also known as Chescaleigh, the comedian, activist, actress and host and MTV’s web series “Decoded” — whose new book is “Well, That Escalated Quickly,” speaks. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

San Francisco Boys Chorus: The 70th anniversary concert features special guest opera superstar Leah Crocetto joining artistic director Ian Robertson and the singers. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Okkervil River: The Austin, Texas indie-folk band led by singer-songwriter Will Sheff has a new “In The Rainbow Rain,” described as a“declaration of hope, featuring big blooms of synths and guitars.” [9 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1021 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Handsome Ghost: The Boston-based electronic pop band, which began in 2014 as the project of singer-songwriter Tim Noyes, released its full-length debut “Welcome Back” in 2018. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

13 Works: The solo show of charcoal paintings and bronze sculptures by South-African artist Cameron Platter, who addresses “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do,” opens with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., Ever Gold, Minnesota Street Project, Suite 211, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Museum of Craft and Design: The facility hosts a “MakeArt Family Day” and curator walk-through of “Raw Design,” a show featuring artists employing new methods, and “Judy Kensley McKie: Cast of Characters,” an exhibit by the Massachusetts furniture maker. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (2 p.m. tour), 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Public Square: The annual pop-up features 25 visual and performance art, dance and music projects addressing questions including: “How do we find and empower truth?” and “Can we make creative dissent matter?” [2 to 6 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Casanova’s Assignations-The Power of the Other: The show of mixed-media prints by Mildred Howard, which draws inspiration from an 18th-century set of Casanova’s journals and is a “modern critique of masculinity,” opens with a reception. [4 to 7 p.m., Anglim Gilbert Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Jeans! The Musical: TheaterGames Productions stages the show for families about the invention of blue jeans, with real historical characters Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis. [2 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Seva 40th Anniversary Concert: Rising Appalachia, Dead Winter Carpenters and The Sam Chase & The Untraditional and host Wavy Gravy appear, to benefit the nonprofit dedicated preventing blindness. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Symphony Silicon Valley: “Tchaikovsky: A Celebration” features conductor Tatsuya Shimono and pianist Stephen Prutsman in a program with Slavonic March in B-flat minor, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 4 [8 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

Can You Dig It?
: The solo show by Don Reed, part of his funny autobiographical trilogy, is set in the 1960s, covering everything from the Beatles to the Black Panthers and MLK to JFK to the KKK. [8:30 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Hedwig And The Angry Inch: The Tony and Obie winning rock-musical about Hedwig, a fourth-wall smashing genderqueer East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess, opens a six-week run. [8 p.m., San Jose Stage Co., 490 S First St., San Jose]

Barry Lyndon: The 1975 Stanley Kubrick movie kicks off the Early Music on Film (and Three Fringe Series Concerts) presented by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition. [7 p.m., 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Walnut Creek Art & Wine Festival: More than 200 arts and crafts booths, music on two stages, food, a craft beer garden, a premium wine tent, kids zone and “famous festival train” make up the 37th annual free weekend festivities. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Heather Farm Park, 301 N. San Carlos Drive, Walnut Creek]

Herrero: Origins of an Original: Running through Aug. 19, the retrospective exhibit of paintings by iconic Napa Valley artist Lowell Herrero, the “Lavendar Man” known for imaginative landscape, opens with a reception, which also celebrates a show by figurative artist Nathan Oliveira, continuing through July 1. [5 to 7 p.m., Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville]

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