San Francisco’s Merola Opera Program concludes its summer festival with the Merola Grand Finale showcasing its 2018 artists in arias and ensembles at the War Memorial Opera House on Saturday night. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)

Aug. 16-18: Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Sixto Rodriguez, Erasure, Charlie Puth, Merola Grand Finale, Polk Street Blues Festival, Festival of the Sea, 20th Street Block Party


Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker: The country stars co-headline their Summer Plays On Tour with special guest Russell Dickerson. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

The Commons’ 3rd Thursdays Block Party: The August entertainment lineup of the once-a-month free outdoor summer festivities (with food trucks and adult beverages) offers Sonny & The Sunsets, Banzai Cliff and Golden Gram! [5 to 9 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, Polk, Larkin, Grove and McAllister streets, S.F.]

Stanford Summer Jazz: Composer and multi-instrumentalist Justin Rock appears in the ninth, penultimate show of the seasonal series of free concerts. [6 p.m., Plaza, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto]

Waterfront Flicks: Jack London Square’s free outdoor movie series screens Pixar’s “Coco.” [Sundown, Ferry Lawn, 10 Clay St., Oakland]


Sixto Rodriguez: The evocative singer-songwriter came to the attention of the world as the subject of the 2012 Oscar-winning documentary “Searching For Sugar Man.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Erasure: The legendary synthpop duo (Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) is on its “World Be Gone” tour, opening a three-night stand. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Charlie Puth: The pop singer-songwriter-producer — who broke out it in 2015 with the smash “See You Again” — is on his “Voicenotes” tour; Hailee Steinfeld opens. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View]

Poster Children: The indie rock band from Champaign, Ill., which formed in 1987, is playing from its new full-length album “Grand Bargain.” [8 p.m., Cafe du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Epic Reads-Secrets to Crafting Historical Fiction: The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter hosts the panel withwriters Mary Mackey and Mary Volmer. [Noon, Mechanics Institute, fourth floor, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Omar Apollo: The 20-year-old Mexican-American singer from Indiana appears in a sold-out show, playing his mix of jazz, R&B, funk, alternative, soul and pop. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Mt. Joy: After releasing its self-titled debut album in March, Rolling Stone called the Los Angeles-based band (originally from
Philadelphia) “your folk rock heroes.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dreamstate: On the first of its two days, Northern California’s biggest trance festival hosts ALPHA 9, ATB, Alexander Popov, Ferry Corsten, Vini Vici and more. [5 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Love is for Today, Programs are For Tomorrow: The solo exhibit of new mixed-media paintings by Tana Quincy Arcega (who uses household towels in her work) is inspired by writings of Mother Teresa; its opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia St., S.F.

Mascara vs. Cabellera: An exhibit of “visions of wrestling captured in paintings, drawings, photography and apparel” illustrating the surreal world of Mexican wrestling culture and a show of photos of fighters in the California Lucha Libre club opens with a reception. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Alicia Dattner: The comedian and Fringe Festival winner opens her new solo show “One Life Stand,” which she subtitles “A Modern Girl’s Guide to Enlightenment & Other Disorders.” [8 p.m., Marsh, 2120 Allston Way, Berkeley]


Merola Grand Finale: One of the world’s most prestigious and selective opera training programs concludes its 61st season with a concert featuring its 29 participating artists. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Polk Street Blues Festival: JoJo Diamond, Bobbie Webb and Alvon Johnson play the main stage in the first day of the weekend-long music and community event. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Polk Street, between California and Post streets, S.F.]

Festival of the Sea: The annual free event offers live traditional music, the chance to explore large and small boats and see historic riggers, as well as maritime crafts for young crew members. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Maritime National Historical Park, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.}

20th Street Block Party: The annual Noise Pop outdoor party features Empress Of, Jeff Rosenstock, The Marias, The She’s, FAN and The Total Bettys. [Noon to 6 p.m., 19th, 20th, Harrison and Bryant streets, S.F.]

Pub in the Park: The summertime series serves up festivities including a British-style inflatable pub, beer from local breweries, bluegrass music by Edgewood Mountain Boys and a “laid-back” place to socialize. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mezes Park, Warren and Standish streets, Redwood City]

Banda Sin Nombre: The Mission District band playing folk music from around the world hosts Un Viaje, billed as a “live music and drag day party.” [2 to 8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Katie Herzig: The California producer and singer-songwriter is known for her crystalline melodies, airy effects, zippy synths, gently propulsive beats and music featured on “Grey’s Anatomy.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dominion: The Australian animal rights documentary, which explores the morality and validity of humans’ dominion over the animal kingdom, screens, followed by appearances by activists Matt Johnson and Joyce Nolan. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Daria Rabotkina: The pianist appears in a solo spotlight performance in the second annual San Francisco International Piano Festival, playing a recital of works by Schubert and Rachmaninoff. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Undiscovered SF: The monthly Filipino-inspired “creative night market” offers performances by Miles Medina, Mark Redito, Basi Vibes, JoogMac, Salty Sherilyn and DJ That Girl and wares by local artists. [4 to 10 p.m., Minna and Fifth streets, S.F.]

Bobi Céspedes Band: The powerhouse Cuban vocalist headlines an evening of Cuban music with Pellejo Seco and special guest percussionist John Santos. [8 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Mapache: Appearing on a bill with Grateful Shred, Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci’s recent album has been compared to music by Gene Clark, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Townes Van Zandt. [9 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats: The Los Angeles Times said “the soul-R&B-rock collective ranks as one of the most thrilling arrivals of recent years, its reputation stoked considerably by the group’s incendiary live shows.” [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]
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