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Sept. 20-22: BreakFEST, Presidio Stargazing, SF Art Commission Grants, Slim’s 30th Anniversary Revue, Oktoberfest by the Bay, Jackie Hoffman, Journey, Def Leppard, Sebastian Maniscalco, Justin Willman, Fire Tapes, Hatchie

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Elvin Bishop appears on Friday at Slim’s 30th Anniversary Blues & Soul Revue, celebrating the club’s blues roots. (Courtesy Alligator Records)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 20

BreakFEST: The inaugural San Francisco music festival, which offers 60 bands in 14 shows at seven venues in the Mission for three nights — called the “ultimate example of community in the music industry” — begins. [6 p.m. to midnight at Makeout Room, Elbo Room, Knockout, Amnesia and more; https://breakfest2018.eventbrite.com]

Presidio Stargazing Party: San Francisco Amateur Astronomers assist families in looking at the moon and stars through giant telescopes set up outdoors. [7:30 to 10 p.m., Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

S.F. Arts Commission Grants Convening: The local art community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Cultural Equity Endowment Legislation, created to support the arts in marginalized communities, at the event, in which Patrick Makuakāne of Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu will receive a legacy grant award. [5 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ms. Lauryn Hill: The R&B star performs her seminal album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” with SZA, De La Soul and Shabazz Palaces. [6:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View]

FRIDAY, SEPT. 21

Slim’s 30th Anniversary Blues & Soul Revue: Elvin Bishop, Wee Willie Walker & Terrie Odabi with The Anthony Paul Soul Orchestra, Kid Andersen & Jim Pugh and The Sons of The Soul Revivers are on the bill of the show, representing the roots and rhythm music that was the foundation of the club at its 1988 opening. [8 p.m., 333 11th St. S.F.]

Journey, Def Leppard: The classic rock bands are together again on an arena/stadium tour; Foreigner is opening. [6 p.m., AT&T Park 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

P:B JAM 2018: Post: Ballet’s fundraiser includes performances (a peek at an upcoming evening-length production, cabaret-inspired collaboration with Star Amerasu, “Lavender Country”), auctions and a dance party. [6 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Oktoberfest by the Bay: The 19th annual three-day event offers “tasty food, cold beer and sizzling oompah music.” [5 p.m. to midnight, Pier 48, S.F.]

Hidden Refuge/Refugio Escondido: The presentation curated by Sarita Ocón “explores the decolonization of patriarchal infrastructures and environments through performance ritual and sound art.” [8 p.m., Grace Cathedral. 1100 California St., S.F.]

Jackie Hoffman: The Broadway veteran and TV actress opens a two-night stand of her cabaret act, an “evening of show tunes, covers and original songs with kvetching on an operatic scale.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Reflections: The art show of work by Marilynn Pardee (who uses industrial materials) and Marlene Aron (who builds from the natural world) opens with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., Reclaimed Room, Building REsources, 701 Amador St., S.F.]

Agents of Change: The 2016 documentary that chronicles the struggle for the creation of black and ethnic studies programs in colleges and universities screens, part of the Skywatchers Movie Night program. [6 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio: The monthly event, new to Fridays, features standup by Milt Abel, Richard Sarvate, Yvette Fernandez, Ayelet Schrek and Lisa Geduldig. [7 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Sebastian Maniscalco: Known as the “comedians’ comedian,” the standup comic (and actor) brings his “Stay Hungry” tour to the Bay Area. [7 p.m., Masonic, 111 California St., S.F.]


SATURDAY, SEPT. 22

Justin Willman: The magician and comedian’s show “Magic for Humans” attempts to answer “primal questions that have plagued humanity since time immemorial.” [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobbs, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Freight & Salvage Festival: The storied venue and community hub known for presenting local musicians celebrates its 50th anniversary with free festivities including two stages of party-oriented performances on the street and a singer-songwriter stage inside. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Fire Tapes: The night of storytelling from people at the center of the October 2017 Northern California wildfires is led by Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington and KQED’s Devin Katayama. [7 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Hatchie: The rising dream-pop star (aka Harriette Pilbeam) is from Brisbane, Australia. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Richard Louis Perri: The author signs copies of “Numinosity,” a book of his paintings, photos and words “memorializing the spirit of San Fransico’s historic vanishing icons.” [1 to 4 p.m., Red’s Java House, Pier 30, S.F.]

LADAMA: The collective quartet of women from across the Americas plays music with a Pan-American, Afro-beat on its debut self-titled album on Six Degrees Records. [7:30 and 9 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Ciao, Marcello!: The day-long, five-film homage to actor Marcello Mastroianni (which includes a party) opens with Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” [10 a.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Dessa: The rapper and singer is promoting her debut literary memoir “In “My Own Devices,” an account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician and her “determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Jon Cleary: The bluesy musician from Kent, England, has made good in his adopted home New Orleans, winning a Grammy for best regional roots record for his album “Go Go Juice.” [7 and 9 p.m., Bing Studio, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Denzel Curry: The singer and songwriter whose new album is “TA13OO” has come to be a “pivotal figure in the South Florida rap scene.” [9 p.m., Regency, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ryan Ahern: Promoters describe the pianist as the result of what would happen “if Liberace and Brian Setzer had a baby and named Jerry Lee Lewis as The Godfather.” [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose]

Black Panther: The blockbuster closes the Film Night in the Park series of free screenings. [Sundown, Dolores Park, Dolores and 19th streets, S.F.]

No Time: The exhibition exploring human relationships to the natural world, including historical, modern, and contemporary photographs spanning more than 130 years, opens with a reception. [5 to 8 pm., McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th St., Building B, S.F.]

An Alternative Book Sale: In “Added Value,” used books from the Friends of the San Francisco Library’s donation center will be revived, and re-cataloged as valuable art objects and sold along with thousands of used books on many topics. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.

Prison University Project benefit: The organization working to provide higher education to people at San Quentin State Prison hosts its inaugural fundraiser dinner. [7 p.m., Delancey Street Restaurant, 600 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Best of Arab Shorts: The free program of contemporary narrative, documentary and animated short films includes entries from the upcoming Arab Film Festival. [1 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bay Street Live
: The East Bay free concert series features pop band Geographer and the Americana-soul band from Oakland, Evan & the Live Oaks. [5 p.m., Center Plaza, 5616 Bay St., Emeryville]

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