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Sept. 26-27: Metallica, Janet Jackson, Lucinda Belle, Lucy Spraggan, Eleanor Friedberger, A Good Neighbor, Sean Penn, We Are Bayview, Eliza Gibson, The The, Michael Michael Motorcycle, Aaron Tveit, Kara Grainger

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Artists George McCalman and Jason Madara appear at a Sept. 27 reception for “We Are Bayview,” a show of portraits of Bayview residents at Bayview Opera House. (Courtesy photo)

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26

Metallica: The veteran Bay Area rockers are joined by Janet Jackson (recently added to the bill) and Rob Garza at the $1,000 benefit for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, preceded by a reception and followed by a party with MC Hammer. [6:30 p.m., Civic Center, Larkin and Grove streets, S.F.]

Lucinda Belle: The San Francisco based-songwriter, harpist and collaborator with artists from Annie Lennox to Seal and Jay Z appears solo, playing catchy indie, pop and jazz-noir; Royston Langdon, former lead singer of British rock band Spacehog, is also on the bill. [9:15 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Lucy Spraggan: The English folk-pop singer (who came to the world’s attention on “The X Factor”) is on her first U.S. tour, promoting her most recent recording “I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Eleanor Friedberger: Best known as one half of Fiery Furnaces, the singer-songwriter this year released “Rebound,” in which she created a subtle world “a little fizzier, synthier and more meditative than her previous three albums”; post-punk band Pill opens. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

A Good Neighbor: Opening a seven-performance run, Kate E. Ryan’s new play explores how “individuals come to understand their own political views and cope with people who present countering opinions.” [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Sean Penn: The movie star and author of the novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” talks about the book with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Kornblut. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Bad Reputation: Director Kevin Kerslake’s documentary is a “no-holds-barred portrait of the uncompromising Joan Jett.” [7 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

The Presets: The Aussie electro-punk outfit’s new album “Hi Viz” is “seamlessly mixed so it sounds like a 53-minute DJ set.” [9:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Fresh Starts: The “community access” free art show, running through Jan. 7, 2019, features work by young men in Bay Area juvenile detention centers. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

San Francisco School Board Candidate Forum: San Francisco Public Press hosts the debate, led by “youth of color who determined the format and will ask all the questions.” [6 p.m., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27

We Are Bayview: George McCalman and Jason Madara, whose photo portraits of Bayview residents are in public transit stations along the Third Street corridor, show and speak about their work and take photos of people who want to participate in the project. [6:30 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Eliza Gibson: The actress opens her one-person show “Bravo 25-Your A.I. Therapist Will See You Now,” a comic portrayal of assorted characters based on her experiences as a therapist and social worker. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

The The: Matt Johnson leads the post-punk iconoclasts, playing their first live shows in 16 years. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Michael Michael Motorcycle: The San Francisco indie rock band releases the album “Pacific Coast Mammal Wrestling” opening a bill with Credit Electric and headliners, Mimicking Birds from Portland. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Aaron Tveit: The actor-singer of Broadway, TV and film fame appears a solo cabaret show of tune and stories from his career, including roles in “Next to Normal,” “Catch Me If You Can” and “BrainDead.” [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Kara Grainger: The Australian roots artist is known for “classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar.” [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

The Nocturnists: The evening of storytelling on the topic of health and the criminal justice system includes contributions from doctors, social workers, a lawyer and formerly incarcerated people, [6:30 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Lisa Margonelli: The author of “Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology” appears in conversation with fellow science writer Mary Roach. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Parquet Courts: The indie rock, post-punk group from New York released its sixth studio album “Wide Awake!” in 2018. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Sherwood + Foreign Cinema Benefit Party: The ticketed ($70 and up) bash, with proceeds going to The Women’s Building, celebrates Foreign Cinema and Sherwood Design Engineers’ commitment to community and features food, drink and performances. [6 p.m., Foreign Cinema and Sherwood, 2534 Mission St., S.F.]

Three Sisters: American Conservatory Theater’s master’s program students open their production of Anton Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece. [7:30 p.m., Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F.

Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly: The Celtic punk rock bands co-headline. [7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Dirty Heads: The band from Huntington Beach, which has “leaned heavily on reggae fused with hip-hop” and “acoustic fare” headlines; Just Loud, playing pop, modern R&B and ‘80s, opens. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

WordsUncaged: An exhibit offering perspectives of “men moving through life behind bars” closes with remarks by Travielle Craig and DeAngelo McVay, two men serving life without parole sentences since the early 1990s in Lancaster Prison who were pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown. [5:30 p.m., Swan’s Market, 538 Ninth St., second floor, Oakland]

The Revolutionists: The Bay Area premiere of the show by Lauren Gunderson, a “comedic quartet about four real-life badass women during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror,” opens with a preview performance. [8 p.m., Town Hall Theatre, 3535 School St., Lafayette]

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