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Sept. 7-8: Samantha Margret, Dan Kovalik, Begin Anywhere, Beats for Boobs, Cafe Stories, Castro Art Walk, Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, Parallel Spaces, Gladys Knight, Roscoe Mitchell

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Bay Area-based singer-songwriter Samantha Margret, whose new EP is “Wandering I,” appears at Hotel Utah. (Courtesy photo)
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THURSDAY, SEPT. 7

Samantha Margret: The eclectic singer-songwriter and San Francisco native whose idols include Regina Spektor and Sara Bareilles, plays to release her EP, “Wandering I.” [8 p.m. Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Dan Kovalik: KPFA Radio presents the human rights attorney and peace activist speaking about his book “The Plot to Scapegoat Russia” in which he details how the U.S. continues to justify imperialistic aims and has conspired to vilify Russia. [7:30 p.m., St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley]

Hemlock Alley Mural unveiling
: Lower Polk Neighbors unveil six large-scale murals created by local artists unified around the theme: “San Francisco: Its History and its Diversity.” [3 to 6 p.m., Hemlock Alley, between Polk and Larkin streets, S.F.]

Begin Anywhere: The photography show about mentorship with works by Amanda Boe, McNair Evans and Kevin Kunishi — created in collaboration with Jason Fulford, Todd Hido, Mark Mahaney, Mike Smith and Alec Soth — opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., SF Camerawo­­­rk, 1011 Market St., second floor, S.F.]

Beats for Boobs: The exclusive soirée, a 1920s theme bash with flappers and bootleggers, is a fundraiser Bay Area breast cancer organizations. [6 p.m., Clift Hotel, 495 Geary St., S.F.]

Murphy and Cadogan Contemporary Art Awards Exhibition: The annual display, which is made possible by The San Francisco Foundation and showcases 18 promising visual artists working across disciplines, opens a three-week run. [Noon to 7 p.m., SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Café Stories: The Unknown Players’ presentation of new plays by Scott Bair, Raul Delarosa and Lorraine Midanik — which “restore the kinetic café culture of the 1990s to the stage” — opens with a weekend of previews. [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

S.F. International Comedy Competition
: The first week of the 42nd annual contest hosts more than a dozen standup contenders. [7:30 p.m., Howden Home of the Spice Monkey, 628 Webster St., Oakland]

Castro Art Walk: Participating local businesses in the Castro and Eureka Valley invite visitors to explore the area by offering art on display, activities and refreshments in the inaugural first Thursday-of-the-month event. [6 to 9 p.m., Castro, Market, 17th and 18th streets, S.F.]

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema: The 14th series opens with a reception with emcee Ian Williams, harp music by Melody Yan, an awards presentation, and a program of short films. [7 p.m. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Parallel Spaces
: Bay Area painter Mike Henderson opens a new solo show of abstract oils and acrylics on paper — which explore the notion of parallel places, people and things — with a reception. [5:30 p.m., Haines Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F.]

Gladys Knight: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and “Empress of Soul” has been going strong since her Motown days with the Pips. [8 p.m., Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Haim: The Los Angeles-based pop rock sister trio released their second album “Something To Tell You” in 2017. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

FRIDAY, SEPT. 8

Roscoe Mitchell: The jazz artist and a 34-piece orchestra play a free concert (of music not yet heard in the Bay Area) with Leonardo Drew’s site-specific installation “Number 197” as a backdrop, in a Friday Nights at the de Young presentation. [7 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

Mission CTRL Comedy: The troupe opens a five-performance run of “Cuckfest,” a full-length comedy show exploring “cyberbullying, medical cannabis for children, and the future of nonprofit theater.” [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

S.F. Electronic Music Festival
: The 18th annual event, three days of adventurous fare, opens with Oberlin-based tape loop experimenter Aaron Dilloway, feminist noise reggaeton duo Las Sucias and expanded cinema artist Suki OKane. [8 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2789 24th St., S.F.]

Film Crawl on Cortland Avenue: The 14th Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema presents “Bennington to Bayshore,” an evening of six different programs screening simultaneously. [7, 8 and 9 p.m., venues at 400, 410, 416, 500, 515, 627 and 1525 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

La Circe: Ars Minerva stages the forgotten 1665 Italian opera by Pietro Andrea Ziani, inspired by Circe, the goddess and Greek mythology. [7:30 p.m. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Luckyrice Feast: Danielle Chang’s annual “Asian food blowout” is focused on a plant-based theme this year, with plentiful vegetable offerings from more than 20 purveyors, including up-and-coming chefs, classic dishes, trendy pop-ups and art work by Malcolm Stuart. [7 and 8 p.m., Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., S.F.]

California Rum Fest: The two-day event for professionals and fans opens with an opportunity to taste more than 40 premium rums from around the world and hear from the industry’s top makers and sellers. [5 to 9 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Return to the Scene of the Crime: The solo work by David Kleinberg, which details what happened when he returned to Vietnam (to visit where his buddies died and to try to perform a show about his wartime experience) opens a four-performance run at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. [7 p.m., EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

In the Next Room, or, the Vibrator Play: Pear Theatre opens its run of the Tony-nominated dramedy by Sarah Ruhl about 19th century women who do something about their sexual frustration. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

Submarine Show: Physical comedians Slater Penney and Jaron Hollander go on adventures from the bottom of the sea up to the sky, and inhabit fish, birds and monsters, in their imaginative show for all ages, which opens a four-weekend engagement. [7:30 p.m., Great Star Theater, 636 Jackson St., S.F.]

SahBabii: The Chicago-born, Atlanta-raised rapper who recently the video for “Purple Ape” headlines a concert with Pollari, Don Krez, KiD3RD, and guest T3 and 4orever. [9 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

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