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Sept. 27-29: Amanda Seales, SF Symphony Stravinsky Festival, Crowded Fire’s Church, Jessica Hopper, Sp1440, SF Dungeon Halloween Seances, Smuin, Mark Morris Dance Group, Jay-Z & Beyonce, Theatre Flamenco, City Kids Family Fair, Great Glass Pumpkin Patch, Wyomia Tyus, Cappella Romana

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Amanda Seales opens a three-day standup gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club. (Courtesy photo)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27

Amanda Seales: The comedian, who plays Tiffany in HBO’s “Insecure” and has a master’s degree in African-American studies with a concentration in hip hop, opens a three-day standup engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

S.F. Symphony Stravinsky Festival: Michael Tilson Thomas conducts “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring” and Leonidas Kavakos performs Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in the first of four performances of the program. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Church: Crowded Fire stages the local premiere of the experimental play by Young Jean Lee, a “joyful and twisted piece inspiring a deep examination of faith.” [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

Jessica Hopper: The author of “The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic” is in town to promote her new memoir, “Night Moves,” an exploration of Chicago “deep into the night” from 2004-09. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

p1440: Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings is the woman behind the three-day event, featuring top pro beach volleyball athletes from around the world and musical performances; Marian Hill appears at 7:30 p.m. and Grouplove at 8:45 p.m. opening day. [9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Avaya Stadium, 1123 Coleman Ave., San Jose]

Ben Howard: The English folk singer-songwriter and Brit Award winner is on tour with “Noonday Dream.” his third album; Wye Oak, the folk duo with Andy Stack and Jenn Wasner, opens. [8 p.m. Fox, 1607 Telegraph Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco Dungeon Halloween Séances: The Fisherman’s Wharf attraction kicks off its seasonal offering, running through Nov. 4, in which visitors come “face to tace with spirits who haunt.” [Hourly entry, noon to 6 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Smuin: The contemporary ballet company opens its 25th season with works by Michael Smuin, Trey McIntyre, Nicole Haskins, Ben Needham-Wood and Rex Wheeler. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Mark Morris Dance Group: “Pepperland: Sgt. Pepper at 50” is a new work celebrating the anniversary of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” [8 p.m. Zellerbach Auditorium, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Tord Gustavsen Trio: The pianist, with bassist Sigurd Hole and drummer Jarle Vespestad play from their new album “The Other Side,” which draws from folk influences as well as modern jazz. [7 and 9 p.m., Bing Studio, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Sea Change: Youngsters in San Francisco Arts Education Project appear in the full-length dance theater work under the direction of teaching artists from the Joe Goode Performance Group. [7:30 p.m. Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Fur Dixon & Wtfukushima: The Los Angeles band includes members of The Cramps, The Sonics, Agent Orange, Supersuckers, Droogs, The Dream Syndicate, The BellRays, Par Avion and The Fuzztones, [9 p.m., Thee Parkside 1600 17th St., S.F.]

PUSHfest: The 13th annual mixed-genre festival (with two programs in three days) showcases dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers and includes “Codelining” by artistic director Raissa Simpson. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Hong Kong Cinema: SFFILM’s three-day program begins with “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” Chan Tai-lee’s debut about a young man with autism and the parents struggling to look after him, followed at 9 p.m. by Wing Yan-pak and Hang Chiu-sin’s “Vampire Cleanup Department.” [6:30 p.m., Vogue, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Mija: The Los Angeles-based DJ/producer’s “genre-­defying mixtapes and bassline productions keep the masses dancing around the globe.” [9:30 p.m., Audio, 316 11th St., S.F.]

lovelytheband: Popscene presents the Los Angeles alt-pop trio with the hit “Broken” on a bill with Half the Animal + DJ Aaron Axelsen. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Natalie Prass: Entertainment Weekly called the indie pop singer’s album “The Future and The Past” one of “2018’s catchiest records”; Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly opens. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Neil Patrick Harris: The actor speaks in a sold-out event to promote the new book in his series “The Magic Misfits: The Second Story.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Rise Against: The hardcore group from Chicago is on its Mourning in Amerika tour with AFI and Anti-Flag. [7 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Hammer Plaza Celebration: Opening a two-day presentation, the free, family-friendly event features aerial dance troupe Bandaloop scaling the face of the theater, interactive performances by Bridgman|Packer Dance, and food and drink. [7 to 10 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

Salon Style II: The exhibition of rarely exhibited collages, watercolors, drawings and paintings includes works by Wallace Berman and Jess, Elizabeth Murray, Ed Ruscha and Jay Defeo. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford University]

Amy Shark: The Australian singer-songwriter has been called “musically contemplative, soulfully brooding” and “the creatively complex girl next door.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

San Francisco Performances’ Gala: The 39th season and $500 per ticket fund-raiser opens with Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with trumpeter Sean Jones and violinist Regina Carter, preceded by a reception and followed by dinner. [7 p.m. Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Jay-Z & Beyonce: The hip-hop and soul super couple bring their On The Run II Tour to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara]

Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco: The troupe opens a two performance run of “El Cruce de Lenguajes,” a tribute to the blending of many cultures in The City. [8 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

City Kids Family Fair: Children’s Council of San Francisco hosts the free festivities, including photos with Elmo and Cookie Monster, performances, yoga for kids, dental screenings, a fire truck, bubble making, face painting and giveaways; RSVP (required) at www.childrenscouncil.org, [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 445 Church St., S.F.]

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: The 23rd annual weekend event offers handmade glass pumpkins, glass-blowing demonstrations, family-friendly activities, refreshments, and more. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto]

Wyomia Tyus: The American Olympian who won gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in 1964 and 1968, and her co-author Elizabeth Terzakis, speak about the memoir “Tigerbelle.” [3 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Cappella Romana
: The professional vocal ensemble performing sacred classical music sings Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece “All-Night Vigil,” considered the reatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church. [8 p.m., St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker St., S.F.]

Click Jagger: The Rolling Stones tribute band plays a free early show, with Grateful Dead-inspired jams by Ted & Company. [6:30 PM – Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Around the Block: “A Day of Neighborhood Stories” offers five pop-up projects — storytelling, literature, dance, art, performances and photography — created by artists and community organizers — in and around the Oakland Museum. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1000 Oak St., Oakland] and surroundings]

Dangermaker: San Francisco’s “champions of overcast pop-heavy rock n’ roll” play on a bill with The Beths, a New Zealand four-piece playing “high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Great Glass Pumpkin Patch: The 23rd annual weekend event offers handmade glass pumpkins, glass-blowing demonstrations, family-friendly activities, refreshments, and more. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto]

Trummors: The New Mexico folk duo with Dave Lerner (formerly of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists) and Anne Cunningham is on tour with Brooklyn pop band, The Essex Green. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Daisy Marquez: The YouTube makeup artist and “beauty influencer” appears in a Girls Night In event. [Noon, Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Rally to Legalize Psychedelic Medicine & Nude Love Parade: Body freedom activist Gypsy Taub and body freedom lovers present the event. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Praise Dance Concert: Ross Dance Company present the 13th annual event, with gospel music, dancing and mixed-media collaboration. [7:30 p.m., Laney College Theater, 900 Fallon St., Oakland]

Lee Burridge’s All Day I Dream: Promoters call the event (for ages 21 and older) “a Burning Man-inspired day-into-night party.” [1 to 9 p.m., Shoreline Park, 2777 Middle Harbor Road, Oakland]

Portola Garden Tour: Some 20 public and private gardens are open for viewing in the 12th annual ticketed ($25) event, followed by a party with neighborhood-grown hops at FDR Brewery. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will call in Burrows Park, 2 Burrows St., S.F.]

Chitresh Das Institute: “Noor-The Path of Light” is a collaboration between tabla master Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri and the Lian Ensemble, an Iranian musical group with Houman Pourmehdi with Pirayeh Pourafar on tar and vocalist Alireza Shahmohamadi. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Wombats: The U.K. indie rock trio is on tour with its third album, 2018’s “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

The DanceWright Project: The organization designed to encourage partnerships between upcoming composers and choreographers celebrates its 10th season in a program with Perspectives Dance Company, Brannigan Dance Works, The Latin Symbolics, EMotion Arts, Victor Talledos and Heat Danceline. [8 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Mahea Uchiyama Dance Center: The center celebrates its 25th anniversary with a show featuring new hula, kathak, Zimbabwean, Middle Eastern and devotional whirling dance. [8 p.m. Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland]

Trails Forever NightHowl: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts its second party under the stars, a $85 to $125 per-ticket benefit event (for trail building), featuring DJs, food and specialty cocktails. [8:30 p.m., Crissy Field, S.F. Presidio]

Jose Antonio Vargas: The Philippines-born Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, activist and filmmaker speaks about his new memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.” [7:30 p.m., Aragon Theatre, 900 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo]

Contact Warhol: Photography Without End: The exhibit of images rarely seen in public draws on a trove of over 130,000 exposures that the Cantor Arts Center acquired from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]

San Francisco Your Next Step is the Cure
: The 10tn annual run/walk benefits research and treatment for lung cancer. [11:30 a.m. registration, Lake Merced, Lake Merced and Sunset boulevards, S.F.]

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