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Nov. 28-29: Gordon Parks — Legacy, A John Waters Christmas, Trivium, Diane Cramer, Ron Ross, 555 California Tree Lighting Ceremony, Stereophonics

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Images by photojournalist Gordon Parks, and artists he inspired, are on view at Jenkins Johnson Gallery. (Courtesy Gordon Parks Foundation)
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Tuesday, Nov. 28

Gordon Parks-Legacy: On view through Dec. 9, the multimedia exhibition explores the relationships between the works of the acclaimed photographer, journalist and musician, and works by artists he inspired. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F.]

A John Waters Christmas: The legendary filmmaker (“Female Trouble,” “Hairspray,” “Serial Mom”), raconteur and best-selling author “hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Kids & Art Foundation Happy Hour: The benefit ($50 and higher) for the nonprofit offering art workshops to children with cancer is in a stone showroom, and donors are invited to strike a pose in front of quartz backdrops as photographers and sketch artists “capture their best angles.” [6:30 p.m., Cambria Gallery, 1045 Bryant St., S.F.]

Trivium: The heavy metal band from Florida, promoting the 2017 album “The Sin and the Sentence,” co-headlines with Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy; While She Sleeps and Fit For An Autopsy open. [6:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mel Ramos:
“Sirens and Heroes,” a show of new paintings by the pop artist known for nudes, is on view through Jan. 13. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Modernism Inc., 724 Ellis St., S.F.]

Opera Talk-Girls of the Golden West: San Francisco Opera’s Clifford “Kip” Cranna speaks with soprano Julia Bullock and historian Marlene Smith-Baranzini, an expert on Dame Shirley, whose book inspired the 2017 premiere by John Adams. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Diane Cramer: The author of four books on medical astrology and the “Health of the Nation” blog speaks about how astrology can be a tool for greater self-knowledge and self-healing. [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Ron Ross: The San Francisco History Association president leads the presentation “A Journey Through San Francisco in Vintage Magic Lantern Slides,” which includes scenes from the 1906 earthquake and 1915 exposition. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Wednesday, Nov. 29

555 California Tree Lighting Ceremony: Ronnie Lott and his wife Karen host the annual benefit, this year with a culinary theme featuring top local chefs and country singer Frankie Ballard, with proceeds going to North Bay fire relief. [6 to 9 p.m., 555 California St., S.F.]

Stereophonics: The 25-year-old Welsh alt-rock band led by Kelly Jones is touring to promote the 2017 recording “Scream Above the Sounds.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Wendy Whelan:
The former New York City Ballet star turned contemporary dancer appears in a program of duets and solos called “Some of A Thousand Words” with dancer-choreographer Brian Brooks and chamber music band Brooklyn Rider. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam: Vocalists Valerie Simpson and Judith Hill head up the seasonal fund-raiser for the longtime Tenderloin community nonprofit, with emcee Renel Brooks-Moon and a 5:30 p.m. pre-concert party. [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Asian Art Museum Holiday Artisan Market: The inaugural event features one-of-a-kind handmade goods by local makers. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Christmas at Kohl Boutique: The Mercy High School Alumnae Association presents the event with dozens of vendors. [5 to 9 p.m., Kohl Mansion, 2750 Adeline Drive, Burlingame]

Syd: The producer (and frontwoman of Los Angeles-based The Internet) is touring to promote her first solo album, “Fin”; rising soul singer Malia opens. [8:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Met-Live in HD: The American premiere of Thomas Adès’ “The Exterminating Angel” from the Metropolitan Opera is broadcast on the big screen in an encore presentation. [1 and 6:30 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; 1 p.m., Kabuki 8, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

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