Aug. 15-16: Circus, Riding the Beast, Fifth Harmony, Steven Druker, Margaret Glaspy, Cody Johnson, SF Improv Fest, Civil Roots, Washed Out

“Circus Renaissance” by Wiesje Peels is among works by 17 photographers on view in “Circus” at SF Cameraworks. (Courtesy Wiesje Peels/SF Cameraworks)

“Circus Renaissance” by Wiesje Peels is among works by 17 photographers on view in “Circus” at SF Cameraworks. (Courtesy Wiesje Peels/SF Cameraworks)


Circus: SF Camerawork’s annual juried exhibition, which features images by 17 local, national and international photographers examining the meaning, history, and symbolism of the circus, is on view through Saturday. [Noon to 6 p.m., SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St., second floor, S.F.]

Riding the Beast: “MONTARlaBestia,” a show of art and poetry describing “La Bestia” — a train that carries up to 500,000 Central American migrants each year on a dangerous journey across Mexico toward a new life in the U.S — is on display through Sept. 29. [1 to 5 p.m., Center for Latin American Studies, UC Berkeley, 2334 Bowditch St., Berkeley]

Fifth Harmony: Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui of the multi-platinum-selling pop group sign copies of their new, self-titled album. [7 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, 256 Pier 39 Concourse, S.F.]

Steven M. Druker: The attorney and author of “Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public” elaborates on the health risks of genetically modified organisms. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Corbett Joan O’Toole: The California-based disability rights activist reads from her new book “Fading Scares, My Queer Disability History.” [6:30 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Al Franken: The U.S. senator and former comedy writer appears in a sold-out City Arts & Lectures presentation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

JetBlue Soar with Reading: Attendees at the summer reading celebration may vote for a chance to get free books, enjoy ice cream scoops from Double Rainbow and meet author Judd Winick of the Hilo graphic novel series. [1 to 3 p.m., Books, Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Margaret Glaspy: (((folkyeah))) presents the indie, folk, pop singer songwriter, headlining a bill with Liza Anne. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Cody Johnson: The country traditionalist from Texas, a former prison guard, is hitting the big time with his new, sixth album, “Gotta Be Me.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Improv Fest: The 13th annual five-day event focused on the wacky art of improvisation opens with a party, followed by separately ticketed performances: “Flash Mob Musical” by Odell & DeJong, “Euro Trash” by American Improv Theatre and SJ Comedy Sportz with Un-Scripted Theater Co & Danger:us! [6 p.m., PianoFight 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Civil Roots: The rising indie alt-rock band from Philadelphia (fusing heavy guitars, synths, pop vocals, and rapping) is promoting its third full-length album, “Conversations.” [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Washed Out: Producer, singer and songwriter Ernest Greene’s new album “Mister Mellow” finds him returning to his sample-based roots that launched his career. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Bonnie and Clyde: TCM host Ben Mankiewicz offers commentary during a 50th anniversary big-screen presentation of the classic starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, which paved the for films like “Natural Born Killers,” “The Fast and the Furious” and “Baby Driver.” [2 and 7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F; Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Zenith: SF Playhouse’s Sandbox Series opens previews of its premiere by Kristen Greenridge, who wrote it after being intrigued by the true story of a woman who drove down the wrong way of a highway, causing a collision that killed herself, her children and others. [7 p.m., ACT Costume Shop, 1119 Market St., S.F.]

Mulatu Astatke: The Ethiopian musician and arranger also known as “the father of Ethio-jazz” headlines a bill with delightful Ethiopian-born, Oakland-based singer-songwriter Meklit. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

311: The eclectic veteran rockers from Nebraska are promoting their 12th album “Mosaic.” [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W San Carlos St, San Jose]
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