Tony Award-winner Levi Kreis is among the cabaret acts appearing in the 23rd Help Is On The Way benefit at the Herbst Theatre. (Courtesy photo)

Aug. 20-21: Help Is On The Way 23, Flatliners, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Freedom Socialist Party, Desi Comedy Fest, Unlocking the Cage, Raffy Lerma, Laeticia Sadier, Nicole Calasich, Great American Eclipse


Help Is On The Way 23: “Puttin’ on the Glitz: Celebrating Music, Legends & Icons” features performances by theater and music stars Levi Kreis, Trent Harmon, Jessica Sanchez, Maureen McGovern, David Burnham, Lisa Vroman, Carole Cook, Garrett Clayton, Maddie Baillio, Paula West, Jason Brock, Lisa Viggiano and Eileen & Leah Bourgade, with pre- and post-show parties. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

How to Counter White Supremacists: The monthly Freedom Socialist Party meeting focuses on the timely subject; the session is preceded by a 12:15 p.m. brunch ($8-$10 suggested donation). [1 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

Flatliners: The punk rock-ska group from Ontario, Canada, appears on a bill with The Smith Street Band, Wil Wagner’s folk-punk combo from Melbourne, Australia. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Dropkick Murphys, Rancid: The Celtic punk band from Massachusetts and the punk veterans from the East Bay co-headline the “Boston to Berkeley” tour; The Selecter and Kevin Seconds also appear. [5:30 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley ]

Desi Comedy Fest: The fourth annual showcase of South Asian comics concludes in a grand finale with festival creator Abhay Nadkarni as well as Richard Sarvate, Samson Koletkar, Usama Siddiquee, MONROK, Jaffer Khan, Alingon Mitra and Ahmed Bharoocha. [7 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Unlocking the Cage: The film follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise, who, after 30 years of struggling with existing animal welfare laws, filed the first ever lawsuits seeking to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections. [1 to 4 p.m., Koret Auditorium, S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

New Filipino Cinema: Manila-based photojournalist Raffy Lerma — known for his viral photo dubbed “The Pieta,” part of his documentation of the Philippines’ controversial war on drugs since Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency — presents his recent work. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Laeticia Sadier: The avant-pop vocalist, formerly with Stereolab, appears with her outfit Source Ensemble, promoting her new album “Find Me Finding You.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Resistance is Fertile: Nicole Calasich hosts the free monthly standup comedy show, also featuring Greg Gettle, Shelbi Evans, Connor Marshall, Andy Garcia and Samantha Ruddy. [8 p.m., Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

Exploratorium Great American Eclipse: Opening early with astronomers on site, the science center offers live feeds of the total solar eclipse from Oregon and Wyoming, outdoor viewing and a sold-out 10:30 a.m. live performance of the Kronos Quartet joining composer Wayne Grim’s three-hour companion piece “233rd Day.” [9 a.m., Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, S.F.]

Great American Eclipse at California Academy of Sciences: Staff and volunteers will be available to guide museum visitors in safe viewing of the partial eclipse and answer questions about the phenomenon. [9:30 to 11:37 a.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Solar Eclipse Celebration: Free coffee and eclipse sunglasses are offered at the viewing event sponsored by the California Energy Commission. [7 to 11 a.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: The free event at Chabot Space & Science Center offers both outside viewing (sunglasses available for purchase) and a live feed broadcast. [8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10000 Skyline Blvd., Oakland]

S.F. 76 Percent Solar Eclipse Viewing Party: Burning Man art collective PlayaBeest has posted a Facebook page for locals to gather together to watch in The City. [9 to 11:30 a.m., Cupid’s Span, 245 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Bill Fontana-Total Eclipse: The artist’s 31-minute recording of the sounds in an Australian rainforest during a total eclipse of the sun on Oct. 23, 1976, is broadcast, in connection with the 2017 eclipse and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibition “Soundtracks.” [11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Kelly LeVeque: The celebrity holistic nutritionist is in town, promoting her first book, “Body Love,” which details her “easy-to-digest philosophy backed by science.” [11:45 a.m., SoulCycle @Union Street, 2095 Union St., S.F.]

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