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Sept. 16-18: Alexander String Quartet, George Shultz, Capella SF, SF State Constitution Conference, Church, Kali Uchis, Daniel Mason, Durst Case Scenario, Esi Edugyan, Margaret Randall, Boy George and Culture Club

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Political comedy great Will Durst’s new show “Midterm Madness” runs Tuesdays at The Marsh through the fall. (Courtesy Pat Johnson)

Alexander String Quartet: S.F. State’s Morrison Artists Series presents a free concert featuring the San Francisco chamber ensemble playing works by Penderecki, Mendelssohn and Mozart. [3 to 5 p.m., McKenna Theater, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

George Shultz: The fellow at the Hoover Institution and former U.S. Secretary of State speaks in a forum session on climate change, in the context of the Global Climate Action Summit. [9:30 a.m., Gresham Hall, Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Cappella SF: Ragnar Bohlin leads the professional choral group in “Crown Jewels of Britain: A Journey through Centuries of Great Choral Music.” [5 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, Dolores and 19th streets, S.F.]

Summer Heart
: The Swedish dream pop act is the solo project of singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist David Alexander, known for his nostalgic lo-fi sound. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Palo Alto Players: As a companion to its production of “Tarzan,” the troupe presents a reading of an un-produced work about the death of Walt Disney by Lucas Hnath in a free session. [6:30 p.m., Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Fiestas Patrias: The free celebration of Latin countries and Mexican independence includes dancing, Mariachi music, kids activities, a performance by Los Mismos and a flag ceremony. [3 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Half Way To St Patrick’s Day: The event honors Irish patriot, orator and rebel leader Robert Emmet on the anniversary of his execution, with the 99th laying of the wreath at his statue followed by Irish music and dancing. [12:15 p.m., Bandshell, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Ross Mathews: The podcaster of “Straight Talk” — which has been called “advice and LOLs from the gay best friend you wish you had and know you need” — appears in a live presentation. [Noon, Beaux, 2344 Market St., S.F.]

DJ Stingray: Detroit’s masked techno mainstay (aka Sherard Ingram) appears on a bill with Woo, Sols (Birds Of Rhythm), Smokes andInfinite Jess. [9 p.m., Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

North B Street Fiesta: The celebration of Latin culture includes mariachi music, Aztec dancers, ballet folklórico and more. [Noon to 5 p.m., North B Street and Tilton Avenue, San Mateo]

How to Overcome Hoarding: Gloria Valoris, a counselor, professional organizer and author of “Overcome Hoarding and Transform Your Life: How to Choose Hope and Life Instead of Things,” speaks. [2 to 4 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Pathfinders ~ Passage on the River Flow: Artist Leigh Toldi hosts a reception for her solo exhibition of more than 100 miniature drawings and paintings “that tell an abstract story of survival.” [2 to 4 p.m., Peninsula Museum of Art, Studios Gallery, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame]

Dean Ween Group: The artist, best known as the guitar-slinging partner of Gene Ween in the cult band Ween, released the album “rock 2” in 2018. [8 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]

Lava Mae Community Day: The free, family-friendly public event marks the final day of a “coming home,” an art + technology installation designed to “connect San Franciscans across the housing divide.” [4 to 8 p.m., Proxy, 432 Octavia St., S.F.]

Connecting Threads-Quilts from the Social Justice Sewing Academy: An show of works by young people using textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation opens with a reception. [4 p.m., Katz Snyder Gallery, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Changs International Folk Dancers: The group celebrates its 80th anniversary with a live music at a day-long folk dance party. [1 to 7 p.m., City College of San Francisco Wellness Center, Room 301, Ocean Avenue and Howth Street, S.F.]

Liederabend Series Opening: “New Songs, New World” features mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Ricardo Ballestero performing music by Alberto Nepomuceno (1864-1920) and his muses, Brahms, Chausson and Grieg. [5 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Miniature Tigers: The indie-pop rockers originally from Arizona play the album “Tell It To The Volcano” on its 10th anniversary. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Eat Real Festival: Attendance is free at the event, which “combines a state fair, a street-food festival (with reasonable prices) and a block party.” [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero, Oakland]

Trainwreck: The “Spinal Tap meets Lynyrd Skynyrd” band boasts members of Tenacious D, including Kyle Gass. [8:30 p.m., Cornerstone, 2110 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

International Dragon Boat Festival: Colorful 40-foot dragon boats (with teams from across Northern California) race to the beat of Chinese drums at the 23rd annual event. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland]

MONDAY, SEPT. 17

Church: Crowded Fire stages experimental playwright Young Jean Lee’s look at Christianity, in which a “traveling group of earnest reverends testify through narrative, song and dance, testing expectations of religious and non-religious” people. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Rights and Wrongs-A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference: The two day event includes panels led by academics addressing constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality and justice. [9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., J. Paul Leonard Library, Cesar Chavez Student Center, S.F. State, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Kali Uchis
: The rising neo soul star — raised in Virginia and her parents’ native Colombia — is on tour following the release of her critically acclaimed album “Isolation.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Daniel Mason: The professor of psychiatry at Stanford University and best-selling novelist talks about his new book “The Winter Soldier,” which is set in 1914 in “the gilded splendor of Imperial Vienna.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Akira: The groundbreaking 1988 Japanese animated post-apocalyptic science fiction film directed by Katsuhiro Otomo introduced anime to Westerners. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

STRFKR: The indie pop electronica band founded by Joshua Hodges plays an added show due to demand. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Odd Mondays: Rick May hosts novelist Cara Black, poet Eveline Kanes and essayist Wilfredo Pascual, who read from their work and discuss the impact of place on their work. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

The 24 Hour Plays-Bay Area: New York City-based The 24 Hour Plays and local playwriting incubator PlayGround present the benefit evening, featuring leading local directors and actors in performances of six original 10-minute plays written over just 24 hours. [8 p.m., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2015 Addison St., Berkeley]

The Future of Food: Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture hosts the panel in which educators discuss how to help youngsters shape a food system that thrives. [6 p.m., Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, S.F.]

Island: NoisePop presents the U.K, indie band on its first North American tour, promoting the debut album “Feels Like Air.” [7:30 p.m., Café du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

TUESDAY, SEPT. 18

Durst Case Scenario-Midterm Madness: Veteran Bay Area political comic Will Durst launches his latest show, an exploration of how America is changing during the time of Trump. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

DeRay Mckesson: The civil rights activist speaks about his book “On The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope,” his account of the Black Lives Matter movement, with MC Hammer. [6:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears: The Texas blues-rock outfit’s latest album combines influences from Albert King to R.L. Burnside to the Bobby “Blue” Bland and Rolling Stones. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Esi Edugyan: The Canadian author of Ghanaian descent is promoting her third novel “Washington Black,” the tale of a boy who escapes slavery, which has been nominated for the Booker Prize. [1 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Margaret Randall: The prolific feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist celebrates the release of “Time’s Language: Selected Poems 1959-2018.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Juliet Blackwell: The East Bay author discusses her new historical novel “The Lost Carousel of Provence” spanning three time periods, with Oakland writer Sofia Grant, whose new book is “The Daisy Children.” [7 p.m., East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Ave Oakland]

Needtobreathe
: Appearing with special guest Johnnyswim, the Southern band from South Carolina led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart originally was identified as Christian rock. [7 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Boy George & Culture Club: Opening a two-night stand, the 1980s hitmakers headline The Life Tour with The B-52s and the Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey. [6:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

The Vamps: The teen choice favorites and hot young British pop rock band — Brad Simpson, James McVey, Connor Ball, Tristan Evans — was signed to a major label after gaining popularity on YouTube. [7:30 p.m. August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

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