Aug. 21-22: Help Is on the Way 22, Burlingame on the Ave, Art + Soul Oakland, Kidchella, The Iron Heel, Michael Franti


Help Is on the Way 22-On the Red Carpet: The benefit cabaret show features Donna McKechnie, La Toya London, Melinda Doolittle, Jai Rodriguez, Carole Cook, Michael Walters (as Dame Edna), Branden James, James Clark, Paula West, Sally Struthers, Jason Brock, Sony Holland and Tristan Bougarde. [7:30 p.m., (plus VIP pre- and post-show events), Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Burlingame on the Ave: The Burlingame Chamber of Commerce’s free fair offers hand-crafted products, food and beverages, live music and activities for kids. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Burlingame Avenue, between California Drive and El Camnino Real, Burlingame]

Art + Soul Oakland: The 16th festival features headliners Tony Toni Toné, Samaria, Chante Moore and John Santos as well as acts of all kinds — dance, poetry, spoken word, circus — on four stages. [Noon to 6 p.m,. entrances at 14th Street and Broadway, 16th Street and San Pablo Avenue, and Martin Luther King Jr. Way between 12th and 14th streets, Oakland]

Japanese Tea Ceremony Series: Held the third Sunday of each month, the event demonstrates the Omotesenke family style of tea preparation and serving, one of three methods used for centuries. [Noon, 1 and 2 p.m., Hakone Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga;]

Kidchella: Alison Faith-Levy, formerly Sippy Alison of the beloved local band for children, The Sippy Cups, headlines the free concert for tots and their families. [11 a.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

The Iron Heel: The Reader’s Theater adaptation of Jack London’s visionary, anti-capitalist 1908 tale features London’s descendants Tarnel Abbott, Chaney Delaire and Devin O’Keefe, and live music. [7 p.m., Humanist Hall, 390 27th St., Oakland]

Victorian Days at the Old Courthouse: Craft activities for children, Victorian teas (with actors playing millionaires reviewing proper etiquette) and a fashion show of late-1800s attire comprise the program. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., San Mateo County History Museum, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Michael Franti: The politically conscious hip hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock artist headlines a bill with up-and-coming singer-songwriter Zella Day. [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]


The San Francisco Dungeon: The dark (PG-13 rated) tourist attraction brings to life the stories of the Barbary Coast with a full cast, special effects, gripping storytelling, 360-degree sets and underground boat ride. [10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Wherever There’s a Fight: The new exhibit is based on Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi’s book about the fight for freedom and equality in California, from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 present. [10 a.m. to 8 p.m., San Leandro Public Library, 300 W. Estudillo Ave., San Leandro]

Building Science for Existing and New Homes: Expert and consultant Mark LaLiberte leads a session to help homeowners identify remodeling opportunities and employ the best new building techniques. [5 p.m., Truitt & White, 1831 Second St., Berkeley]

Women’s Leadership Conference: The public is invited to attend the morning session, in which leaders Shafer Mazow, Carey Perloff, Michele Shay and Seema Sueko address what can be done to increase women’s participation at higher levels in the arts. [9:30 a.m. to noon, Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., S.F.; RSVP at]

3Girls Theatre: The fifth annual New Works Festival, a seven-day event focusing on original works by women, opens with a staged reading of “Country Matters,” a play by Lee Brady about what happens when two long-married couples trade houses (and spouses) for the summer, [7:15 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Wall of Good Looks: The interactive “photo engagement event” allows visitors to take selfies with characters (Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Darth Vader, etc.) depicted on windows of a new luxury residential building. [4 to 6 p.m., NEMA, 8 Tenth St., S.F.]

Ninotchka: The San Francisco Public Library’s Films for Adults series screens the Ernst Lubitsch classic starring Greta Garbo as a stern Russian communist who travels to Paris and falls in love. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Political Roundtable: Analyst Melissa Caen, researcher Carson Bruno and scholar James Taylor speak on “Is the election rigged?” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

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