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Sept. 6-7: Lillie Mae, Coast Modern, Hughen/Starkweather, Squared Alumni, Green Apple 50th Anniversary Jubilee, Lachlan Patterson, Erin Carlson, John Nichols, Ellen Ullman

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Ellen Ullman speaks about her latest book ““Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology” at City Lights on Sept. 7.(Courtesy Elliot Ross)
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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6

Lillie Mae: The young singer, songwriter and fiddler is promoting her debut “Forever and Then Some,” which one critic said “is filled with songs that showcase her songwriting talent, blending pop heartbreak with country joy — kind of like if Robyn spent some quality time with Willie Nelson.” [8:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Coast Modern
: The alt-pop duo is the collaboration between Seattle-native Luke Atlas and Los Angeles’ Coleman Trapp, who met while working as Southern California-based songwriters. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Hughen/Starkweather: “Adapt, Retreat, Defend, Abandon,” an exhibit by Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather of drawings and paintings using data, images, maps and oral histories that “reinterpret the complex narratives of landscape,” opens for a month-long run. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, Gallery 107, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Squared Alumni 2017: Works by John Arbuckle, Elizabeth Ashcroft, Monica Denevan, Ivy Jacobsen, Sarah Newton, Jann Nunn, Kirsten Tradowsky and Sandy Yagi — artists who have previously participated in Arc Gallery’s FourSquared benefit shows — are on view in a concurrent show, which opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Arc Gallery 1246 Folsom St., S.F.]

Green Apple’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee: Porchlight presents the variety show celebrating the landmark indie bookstore with author Mary Roach, illustrator Wendy McNaughton, Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, Forum’s Michael Krasny, Robin Sloan, Youth Speaks and Thao of the Get Down Stay Down. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Lachlan Patterson: Opening a four-night engagement, the performer in the final three of “Last Comic Standing” in 2014 jokes on Twitter: “It’s hard to pursue your sleep dreams.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Erin Carlson
: The former Hollywood Reporter writer speaks about her new book “I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy” in conversation with Janet Reilly, philanthropist and former anchorwoman. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

John Nichols: The writer for The Nation magazine talks about “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America,” his volume described as “an essential examination of the dirty dealers and defenders of the indefensible.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7

Ellen Ullman
: The San Francisco-based programmer and author, known for her work analyzing the human side of the world of computers, speaks about her new book, “Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco String Trio
: Guitarist Mimi Fox, violinist Mads Tolling and bassist Jeff Denman play to release “May I Introduce to You,” their new CD, a “genre-defying” interpretation of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” [8 p.m., Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Chris Cosentino: The executive chef of Cockscomb and “Top Chef Masters” winner speaks about “Offal Good: Cooking from the Heart, with Guts,” with Foodie Chap Liam Mayclem. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Thao Nguyen On Screen and Stage: The premiere screening of the documentary “Nobody Dies,” which follows the vocalist from Thao & the Get Down Stay Down as she and her mother visit Vietnam, includes a talk with filmmaker Todd Krolczyk and an acoustic performance. [6 to 8:45 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Sister Hazel
: The Florida indie band, known for the 1997 hit “All For You” and a move to country in the 21st century, is on its “We Got it All Tonight” 2017 tour. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Patsy Cline’s 85th Birthday Bash: The Carolyn Sills Combo plays tunes from the famed vocalist’s songbook on the “country music/bring your dance shoes” night. [7 p.m., Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

Nancy Pearl
: The celebrity librarian and NPR books commentator is promoting her debut novel “George & Lizzie,” about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads. [7:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Combustible Residency: Experimental dance pieces Motion Aftereffect and MESH are “two works that antagonize the corporeal body using virtual reality technology and data visualization” and approach critical topics through a “performance style that is funny, virtuosic and geeky.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

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