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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9
Popscene: San Francisco-based shoegaze band The Stratford 4 plays from “Keep Your Crazy Head On Straight,” an album recorded in 2004, but, due to major label issues, not released until this year; San Francisco’s NRVS LVRS open. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]
Super Bowl 50 preview: The host committee for the February 2016 game in Santa Clara presents a press and fan event featuring the unveiling of “50 Tour: Champions of the Bay,” a mobile exhibit celebrating the history of the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. [11 a.m., Justin Herman Plaza, Market Street and The Embarcadero, S.F.]
Pie and punk: Colin Hagendorf, twenty-something punk rocker and blogger who sampled a cheese slice from every pizzeria in New York City, and went on to record the experience, talks about his publication “Slice Harvester: A Memoir in Pizza.” [7 p.m., Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th St., S.F.]
Local mollusk battle: Summer Brennan discusses “The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America,” a book detaling The Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s quest to keep ownership of its estuary, [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
How ‘bout those Niners?: Oakland Tribune columnist Dave Newhouse speaks with former 49er Delvin Williams to promote the new book “Founding 49ers,” which tells the story of the football team’s early struggles through the eyes of the players who provided the club’s foundation. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F] .
Book talk: California writer Victoria Patterson appears to promote her new novel “The Little Brother,” which is based on the horrifying real-life Haidl gang rape case in Newport Beach in 2002. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
Restaurant opening: Executive chef-owner Jason Fox of Commonwealth and Timothy Felkner of Vigilante Hospitality open Oro, a “casual elegant” eatery serving locally sourced, eclectic California fare with a Mediterranean influence. [5:30 to 10 p.m, 5 Mint Plaza, S.F.]
THURSDAY, SEPT. 10
Middle Eastern stories: Golden Thread Productions’ ReOrient Festival, a repertory theater and panel series, begins with performances of “Picking Up the Scent” by Yussef El Guindi, “Turning Tricks” by Silva Semerciyan, “Bitterenders” by Hannah Khalil and “Counting in Sha’ab” by Emma Goldman-Sherman. [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]
Kickoff party: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema begins its 2015 season with an opening night bash and preview featuring music by José Najera and the Bernal Beat. [7 p.m., Bernal Branch Library, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]
Literary event; Sasha Abramsky appears in conversation with David Biale to promote “The House of Twenty Thousand Books,” a memoir about his grandfather, an extraordinary polymath and bibliophile who amassed a vast collection of socialist literature and Jewish history. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.}
Music for change: Composer, bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby presents a concert and discussion on the perils of the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, alternative criminal justices practices and how music can be a creative vehicle to highlight these issues. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]
Dance premiere: “Fire of Freedom,” a new multimedia immersive piece by San Francisco-based Lenora Lee Dance, opens a two-weekend engagement. [8 p.m., General Residence, Fort Mason, near Franklin and Bay streets, S.F.]
Movie series: “Shakey Pictures: The Films Of Neil Young,” a monthlong survey (including rare and unreleased films) showcasing another side of the rock musician’s genius, opens with 1974’s “Journey from the Past,” a hybrid of documentary and fiction. [7:30 p.m., Screening room, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St. S.F.]
Oldies but goodies: Bay Area bands Jugtown Pirates, The Grateful Bluegrass Boys and Rusty Stringfield appear in a concert called “Who Stoned the Dead?” a tribute to great tunes from the 1960s-70s. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.}
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