RayKo Photo Center opens “With Our Own Eyes,” a juried show of documentary and photo-journalistic images, with a reception. (Courtesy Hilary Duffy)

Aug. 3-4: With Our Own Eyes, Dr. BJ Miller, Martin Cate, Ricky Velez, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Emcees on a Mission


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3

With Our Own Eyes: The show of works by 35 artists (selected from more than 450) exploring the genres of street photography, photojournalism and the social documentary, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]

Dr. BJ Miller: The director of UCSF Medical Center’s Zen Hospice Project speaks about his experience as a student of art, an amputee, a Buddhist and his work’s goals at Angie Coiro’s “In Deep Radio” session. [Noon, Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Martin Cate: The owner of San Francisco’s iconic Polynesian bar is promoting his book “Smuggler’s Cove: Exotic Cocktails, Rum, and the Cult of Tiki” in a event with rum punch samples. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Ricky Velez: The comic, who was born and raised in Queens, N.Y., kicks off a four-night headlining engagement on a bill with David Gborie and Drew Harmon. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Tsering Wangmo Dhompa: The first Tibetan female poet to be published in English shares her memoir, “Coming Home to Tibet: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Belonging.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Emcees on a Mission: The first-Wednesday-of-the-month hip hop party hosts Kevvy Kev, UnLearn The World, 2nd Floor Samurais, Babii Cris, Road Warriors, J. Slice IX and Howard Johnson. [8:30 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Chris James & Patrick Rynn: The San Diego bluesmen (vocalist-guitarist James and bassist Rynn) maintain they have an “ESP-like musical compatibility.” [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Sunhaze: Established by Danae Labraña, a San Francisco transplant from Santa Barbara, the band is slated to release its first full-length album, which collects pop hooks, dynamic rhythms and darker undertones. [8:30 p.m,, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]


THURSDAY, AUG. 4

Lindsay Hatton: The writer, who grew up in Monterey, discusses her debut novel “Monterey Bay,” a coming of age story she says she was compelled to write due to “a broken heart that healed strangely.” [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Savor SF Under the Dome: Celebrity chefs Martin Yan, Matthew Dolan and Staffan Terje serve gourmet fare under the Emporium Dome at the $65 per person benefit for KQED emceed by Leslie Sbrocco of “Check Please? Bay Area.” [6 p.m., Westfield Centre, fourth floor, 865 Market St., S.F.]

KALW 75th Anniversary Concert: The Kronos Quartet and folk, rock, jazz artist Bruce Cockburn appear to celebrate the public radio station; VIP tickets include a post-show reception with the artists. [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Recent Paintings by Regina Saura & Manel Anoro: A show of bold works depicting the shimmering Mediterranean landscape opens with a reception attended by Catalan artist Saura. [7:30 p.m., Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

NightLife LIVE: Outside Lands Music Festival presents Lapsley and Brogan Bentley at the science center’s weekly cocktail event. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Mobile Spay-Neuter Clinic: The Peninsula Humane Society offers free service (on a first-come, first-serve basis) for dogs and cats. [8 to 9 a.m., Tanforan Petco, Sears parking area, off 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Pino Masnata: On the 115th anniversary of his birth, the son of the surgeon, Futurist poet and dramatist and radio artist speaks about his father’s multifaceted career. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, Opera Plaza, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Do Be: The Living Earth Show and Post:Ballet present the modern dance performance, about a “universe that couples absurdity and silliness with gloom and chaos to put a magnifying glass to the things we take for granted.” [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

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