Cary Cordova launches her book “The Heart of the Mission: Latino Art & Politics in San Francisco” at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. (Courtesy photo)

Aug. 17-18: Heart of the Mission Book Celebration, Comedy Returns to El Rio!, Commons on 3rd, Craig Jessup, Inter Arma, Christine Evelyn Volker, Speechless, Matthew Sweet

THURSDAY, JULY 17

The Heart of the Mission Book Celebration: Author Cary Cordova speaks with Mission Local editor Lydia Chavez about her new volume, which traces San Francisco’s Latin Quarter from its origins in North Beach to the vibrant Mission District; along with music by Cesar’s Latin All-Stars and tapas from Cha Cha Cha. [6:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio!: Bob McIntyre, Carla Clayy, Kat Evasco, Ian Williams and Lisa Geduldig do standup in this installment of the monthly event. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

The Commons on 3rd Thursdays: The second in a series of free family-friendly festivities features live music, food trucks, over-21 beverages, field games, performances and activities for all ages. [5 to 9 p.m., Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, Fulton Street, S.F.]

Craig Jessup: The Bay Area cabaret veteran appears in “This Funny World” with pianist Ken Muir and bassist Daniel Fabricant, singing tunes by Rodgers and Hart, the Gerswhins, Stephen Sondheim and more. [8 p.m., Society Cabaret, Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Inter Arma: The Richmond, Va. quintet playing doom metal, psychedelic sludge, black metal prog and more headlines a show with Atriarch, a Portland band whose new doom metal album “Dead As Truth” is “more bleak, hypnotic and explosive” than ever. [9 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Christine Evelyn Volker: The local writer discusses her debut thriller, “Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City,” described as a “mysterious tapestry of murder, betrayal and family.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Speechless: In the popular series in which comedy meets tech, performers of diverse persuasions are given a laser pointer, random slides and a microphone, and tasked with creating a PowerPoint presentation on the spot. [7:30 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

The Other Tones: The San Francisco band headlines an evening of local musicians — Rudy Colombini Band and Pinot Gnat — in a showcase presented by Music City studio. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Tribute to Ray Charles: KATDELIC, Bang Data, Cosa Nostra Strings (with Trance Thompson and Faye Carol) and Noah Kibreab and the Arkiteks interpret the legendary musician’s songs with funk, cumbia, hip-hop, acoustic chamber music and more, [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, AUG. 18

Matthew Sweet: The 1990s power pop-alt rock hero, promoting his new album “Tomorrow Forever” (created in Nebraska following the death of his mom) headlines a bill with Tommy Keene. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Joel McHale: The host of TV’s “The Soup” and cast member of “Community,” whose new book is “Thanks for the Money,” kicks off a two-night standup gig; JF Harris opens. [8 and 10:15 p.m,. Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

3Girls Theatre New Works Festival: The second event of the free nine-day series showcasing female playwrights is a staged reading of “Miracle Lake” by Susan Jackson, about how a family is changed after a catastrophic event. [7:30 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

The Stone Foxes: The San Francisco garage rockers headline the Good Measure Tour II, a collaboration with Noise Pop and Harken Wines of free shows in hotels; RSVP required at eventbrite.com. [7 p.m., Marker, 501 Geary St., S.F.]

The Summer of Love Experience: The deYoung Museum has extended its hours for the final weekend of its San Francisco-centered exhibition dedicated to art, fashion and rock & roll in 1967. [9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Matthew Giuffrida: The third-generation abstract expressionist hosts a reception and talk with gallerist and photographer Dennis Letbetter to open his exhibit of large-scale abstract paintings rooted in the deconstruction of masters from the late Renaissance. [7 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 601 Van Ness Ave., Opera Plaza, S.F.]

Eric Rubin: Dragon Theatre’s late-night series hosts the performer in “The Troubadour’s Mustache: A One-Man Musical Comedy,” which details his wild experiences traveling around the world after leaving a bureaucratic job in Washington DC. [10:30 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

The Official Once Upon a Time Convention: Stars from the TV drama and fantasy show greet fans at the first day of the three-day gathering, which also features auctions, music videos, trivia and cosplay contests autographs. [9:30 a.m., Hyatt Regency SFO, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame]

San Francisco Choral Society: Accompanied by the California Chamber Symphony, the group presents Mendelssohn’s masterpiece oratorio “Elijah” with guest soloists Marnie Breckenridge, Edith Dowd, Brian Thorsett and Eugene Brancoveanu and the East Bay Children’s Choir. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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