Categories: Arts

Sept. 19-20: Greta Van Fleet, Dawn Wall, Lessons from China, Oktoberfest, Peter Phillips, P.J. O’Rourke, Liz Phair, Sondheim Tonight!, Prida Project, Miguel, Eagles, J. Balvin, Boz Scaggs

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19

Greta Van Fleet: The young Kiszka brothers (Jake, Josh and Sam) and their friend drummer Danny Wagner, from the small Michigan town Frankenmuth, were called the “past, present and future of rock ’n’ roll all rolled into one” by Paste. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

The Dawn Wall
: The documentary captures rock climber Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s seemingly impossible ascent up a 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park. [7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lessons from China: Center for Asia Pacific Studies at University of San Francisco hosts the talk by Lenora Chu, author of “Little Soldiers,” described as “the real story behind the Chinese educational system.” [5:30 p.m., Fromm Hall, Xavier Room, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Patrick Sweany: Pop Matters called the musician’s new eighth album “Ancient Noise” an “electrifying blend of blues and rock.” [9 p.m., Brick + Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Oktoberfest: Running through Sept. 23, the fifth annual festivities — a traditional German Oktoberfest setting with more than 1,100 feet of bench seating, music, food and beverages including lots of cold beer — begin with a happy hour seating. [5 to 9 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Peter Phillips: The Sonoma State University sociology professor discusses his book “Giants: The Global Power Elite,” which looks at how just a few men — including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jamie Dimon and Warren Buffett — control the world’s wealth. [7:30 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Best of Czechoslovak Cinema: “… And the Fifth Horseman is Fear,” a 1965 film by Zbynek Brynych about a Jewish doctor in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia who risks his life by assisting a wounded political fugitive, screens. [6:30 p.m., Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, SF State, 1600 Holloway Ave.., S.F.]

Nothing: “Dance on the Blacktop,” the new album by the Philadelphia band, reflects its “love for all sounds 90s, from alternative rock and shoegaze to the realms of pop and post-punk.” [7:30 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20

P.J. O’Rourke: The best-selling author and satirist is promoting his latest volume, “None of My Business,” which takes on politics and economics, with Lenny Mendonca of the Commonwealth Club Board of Governors. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Liz Phair: The singer-songwriter is on a rare tour showcasing “Girly-Sound to Guyville,” the 25th anniversary box set commemorating her zeitgeist-defining album “Exile in Guyville” and its “equally resonant collection of demo songs.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Sondheim Tonight!: Vocalist Craig Jessup and musical director Ken Muir perform tunes that span composer Stephen Sondheim’s illustrious career. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die: Travel writers Jill Robinson and Kimberley Lovato sign copies of their book and share stories about how they whittled down their list of The City’s diverse experiential offerings. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

The Prida Project: Opening a seven-performance run, the world premiere is a “glorious collage of the music, dance, theater and poetry of groundbreaking Cuban American playwright Dolores Prida.” [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Artists, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Miguel: The hot Los Angeles-based R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic artist who appeared on the song “Remember Me” from the movie “Coco” on his Ascension Tour. [7:30 p.m., Event Center, San Jose State, 290 S. Seventh St., San Jose]

Eagles: The 1970s California band, still breaking records for album sales, appears live, with Deacon Frey, son of the late Glenn Frey, joining the group; Zac Brown Band and the Doobie Brothers are also on the bill. 5 p.m. Sept. 20. $69.50-$229.50. AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.

J. Balvin: The Colombian reggaeton singer skyrocketed to international fame with “Mi Gente.” [8 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Boz Scaggs: The singer-songwriter‘s new album is “Out of the Blue”; jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux is also on the bill. [7:30 p.m. Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

Fabulate!: The group fashion exhibition of raw couture designed with “repurposed and deconstructed materials” opens with a runway show and reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Creativity Explored 3245 16th St., S.F.]

The Aquabats: TV’s “punk rock superheroes,” which formed in 1994 in Orange County “to have harmless fun in a music scene that took itself too seriously,” is making a comeback. [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Blood Orange: The British, New York-based producer and songwriter (for Solange Knowles, Florence + the Machine and others) — aka Devonté Hynes — plays from his solo album “Negro Swan.” [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Carissa Potter: The Museum of Craft and Design’s montly “Make” session welcomes the local author, designer and illustrator in a discussion of the creation of her new book, “It’s OK to Feel Things Deeply” and thank-you note workshop. [6 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Faerie Knitting-14 Tales of Love and Magic: Best-selling novelist Alice Hoffman and master knitter Lisa Hoffman talk about their book, a labor of love that combines stories and knitting projects. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Rick Estrin: The harmonica master, vocalist and songwriter has been playing the blues with his band The Nightcats for decades. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Musikiwest: The educational and community chamber music organization opens its season with a concert of works by Felix Mendelssohn, Arvo Pärt, John Zorn and Kevin Volans played by professional musicians. [7:30 p.m., Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

A Quiet Passion: Emma Bell and Cynthia Nixon play poet Emily Dickinson in the movie by Terence Davies, screening as part of the Vogue Theatre’s September Writer series. [7 p.m., 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

East Bay Candidate & Voter Education Forum: The event is designed to give voters information on 2018 candidates for Assembly District 15, Oakland mayor, city council and school board, and other local officials, particularly their goals to positively affect communities of color. [5:30 to 9 p.m., Student Center, Merritt College, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland]

Guadalupe Nettel: Acclaimed Mexican novelist speaks about “After the Winter,” her “portrait of urban loneliness and the human impulse to belong telling intersecting stories of a man and woman living in New York and Paris. [7 p.m., East Bay Booksellers, 5433 College Ave., Oakland]

Chey Bell: The “brutally honest” bisexual comedian appears in a live taping of her special, which addresses “the absurdity of trying to balance all the wrong things and the series of train wrecks that emerge from self-inflicted chaos.” [8 p.m., Uptown, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Ireland’s National Composer in Music & Song: Guitarist David Creevy and singer Melanie O’Reilly play a concert tribute to blind harpist, Turlough O’Carolan. [8 p.m., Village Theatre, 233 Front St., Danville]

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