Sept. 17-18: Art Night SF, Fred’s Diner, John Markoff, Design Meets Divas of Drag, Dog Days of Summer

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17

Art Night SF: Galleries, museums, nonprofits, city agencies and independent artists championing the arts in San Francisco host a launch party and outdoor exhibition of work by emerging and established local artists. [5 to 7 p.m., UN Plaza, Seventh and Market streets, S.F.]

Megan Sexton: The poet appears to discuss and read from her book “Swift Hour. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.].

John Markoff: The Pulitzer-Prize-winning New York Times reporter talks about “Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots” in conversation about artificial intelligence with Jerry Kaplan. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Fred’s Diner: Magic Theatre launches its 29th season with the American premiere of U.K. playwright Penelope Skinner’s dark comic thriller that examines class and sovereignty. {8 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Ron Radziner: The principal from architecture firm Marmol Radziner lectures on “Heavy Trash,” an anonymous guerilla arts organization that took its socially conscious ideas about urban issues to city streets. [6 p.m., Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th St., S.F.]

Design Meets the Divas of Drag: San Francisco Design Center and local drag queens team up for a runway and variety show featuring ensembles made from textile manufacturers represented at the SFDC. [6 p.m., 101 Henry Adams St., S.F.

Brené Brown: The reseacher and New York Times best-selling author of “Daring Greatly” and “The Gifts of Imperfection” talks about her latest book “Rising Strong.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


FRIDAY, SEPT. 18

Dog Days of Summer Party: Patrons are heartily invited to “eat, drink and dance with the dogs” at the benefit for Guide Dogs for the Blind. [6 to 10 p.m., Civil War Parade Ground Lawn, Presidio of S.F.]

One City Book Launch: The San Francisco Public Library and its partners host a gathering to kick off this year’s selection, “Season of the Witch” by David Talbot, which showcases how the 1960s through ‘80s transformed San Francisco’s into The City that it is today. [6:30 to 9 p.m., McRoskey Mattress Co, 1687 Market St., S.F. ]

Cine Mas SF Latino Film Festival: The seventh annual event begins with a screening of “A Separate Wind/Viento Aparte.” a Mexican drama by Alejandro Gerber Bicecci. [7 p.m. Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Oktoberfest: Styled like a traditional German beer fest, the three-day event serving up suds, food and live entertainment begins with evening festivities. [5 to 10 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

PUSHfest: The first of two programs in a mixed-genre festival showcases dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers as well as work by the PUSH Company, directed by Raissa Simpson. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Charles Xavier: The Bay Area maverick recording artist, aka “The Xman,” releases his seventh CD titled “Bosco.” [9 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

International Meeting of Styles: Street and aerosol can art are celebrated in Mission Art 415’s three-day “The Lilac Mural Project,” with special guest James Prigoff. author of “Spraycan Art.” [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

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