Categories: Arts Calendar

Nov. 14-15: Boy from Oz, Van Morrison, Alison Hart, John Rothmann, Joan Baez, Homelessness: Can We Solve It?, Bayview Community Tree Lighting, Presidio Demolition Day, Working Girls, Viet Nguyen, An-My Le, Nathan Englander

WEDNESDAY NOV. 14

The Boy from Oz
: Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of the musical biography of Australian gay icon Peter Allen (of “I Go to Rio” fame and more) is in its final week. [8 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Van Morrison: The inimitable Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist opens a two-night engagement, joined by his daughter Shana Morrison. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Alison Hart: The Bay Area writer shares her novel “Mostly White,” a saga of four generations of mixed-race African American, Native American and Irish women, who ultimately heal and triumph, despite years of facing trauma. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village Palo Alto]

John Rothmann: The grandson of the couple that built the historic Haas-Lilienthal House in Pacific Heights speaks about his late mother Frances Bransten Rothmann’s book, “The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street: A San Francisco Memoir of Family, Sisterhood, and Love.” [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

This Will Destroy You: The experimental band from Texas led by Jeremy Galindo and Chris King (also known for film scoring) headlines a concert with Clarice Jensen. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

THURSDAY NOV. 15

Joan Baez: The iconic folk singer, who released the acclaimed album “Whistle Down the Wind” in 2018, is on her Fare Thee Well Tour. [8 p.m. Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Homelessness-Can We Solve It?: Tipping Point, the San Francisco nonprofit fighting poverty, hosts the discussion, with civic and community leaders and activists Del Seymour, Dr. Margot Kushel, Tomiquia Moss, Amber Twitchell and Brian Blalock. [7 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Bayview Community Tree Lighting: The seventh annual free event serves up music, holiday cheer, arts and crafts activities, s’mores roasting, local food and craft vendors and a 6 p.m. ceremony. [5 to 8 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Presidio Demolition Day: The public is invited to watch the all-day demolition of the former Army-era Burger King, to make way for Presidio Tunnel Tops, a new national park; remarks precede the first blow. [8:30 a.m., 211 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.]

Working Girls-An American Brothel, Circa 1892: An exhibit of rare, never-before-seen photographs of 19th century prostitution by William Goldman, which runs through Dec. 9, opens. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Serge Sorokko Gallery, 345 Sutter St., S.F.]

Viet Nguyen, An-My Le: On the 50th anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front student-led strike at San Francisco State University, the MacArthur Fellows discuss development of Vietnamese American arts and humanities studies. [7 p.m., SF State Annex, 1 North State St., S.F.]

Ghost: The Grammy-winning Swedish rock-pop band known for eclectic, theatrical stage shows, is on its “A Pale Tour Named Death.” [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Nathan Englander: The award-winning New York writer speaks about his new novel “Dinner at the Center of the Earth,” a political thriller set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which NPR called a “brutal, beautiful masterpiece.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Korpiklaani: The prolific Finnish “folk metal” band released its 10th album “Kulkija” (“Wanderer”) in 2018. [7 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Les mamelles de Tiresias: San Francisco Conservatory of Music presents Poulenc’s comic opera “The Breasts of Tiresias, a farce touching issues surrounding gender equality, economics, culture and war. [7:30 p.m., Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

The Living Earth Show: The contemporary chamber ensemble’s “American Music” concert — with pieces for guitar, drums, electronics, toothbrushes, Jell-O and cast iron sink — investigates the responsibility of “American” identity in shaping musical language and “dragging the classical tradition into the future.” [8 p.m., ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Ross From Friends:
British producer Felix Clary Weatherall plays from his debut “Family Portrait.” [10 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folson St., S.F.]

Why:?: The alt-hip hop and indie rock band is playing the acclaimed album “Alopecia” in its entirety to celebrate its 10th anniversary in a sold-out show. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

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