“Stilettos for Shanghai,” a documentary about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s travels to China in 2014, premieres at the Castro. (Courtesy photo)

“Stilettos for Shanghai,” a documentary about the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s travels to China in 2014, premieres at the Castro. (Courtesy photo)

Aug 7-8: Stilettos for Shanghai, Calligraphy Typewriters, Swan Huntley, Schola Cantorum, Augustus Rose, Janelle Brown, Ian Morris, Daniel H. Wilson


Stilettos for Shanghai: The U.S. premiere of the documentary about the beloved drag nuns Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence when they traveled to China for 2014 Pride festivities features guest speakers and a pre-show benefit reception. [6 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Calligraphy Typewriters-The Selected Poems of Larry Eigner: Poets read from the new book to celebrate the 90th birthday of Eigner (1927-1996), the late disabled poet who typed dozens of books with one index finger and his thumb on a 1940 Royal manual typewriter. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Swan Huntley: The author of “We Could Be Beautiful” speaks about “The Goddesses,” her new novel described as “‘The Descendants’ meets ‘Single White Female,’ about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Bright Heroines in Dark Times: Mystery writers Michelle Cox, Joanne Doucette, Jennifer Dwight, Judith Newton, J.J. Doucette and Kate Raphael discuss their work. [7 p.m., Dog Eared Books, 489 Castro St., S.F.]

Schola Cantorum Sing-Along: Vance George conducts Brahms’ “Nanie” and Beethoven’s Mass in C during the participatory summer series hosted by the South Bay-based choral group; scores are provided. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos]

Augustus Rose: The author discusses his debut novel “The Readymade Thief” — an intellectual thriller set in contemporary Philadelphia with a 17-year-old heroine — with Robin Sloan, author of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Janelle Brown: The Bay Area native celebrates “Watch Me Disappear,” her third novel (in which a presumed dead woman’s husband and teenage daughter struggle with her absence and the question of whether she is truly gone) in conversation with fellow bestselling author Jan Ellison. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Fog in the Channel: In a talk subtitled “Britain, Europe and the Wider World, 6000 B.C.-A.D. 2103,” Stanford history and classics professor Ian Morris speaks about long term challenges that will affect the Western world in the 21st century post-Brexit. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]


Daniel H. Wilson: The New York Times bestselling author of “Robopocalypse” mixes robots, history and non-stop action in his new offering, “The Clockwork Dynasty.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Heather Harpham: The playwright’s new book “Happiness: A Memoir: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After,” tells a frank, poignant story of a mother dealing with her daughter’s critical illness. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

BAYCAT Summer Showcase: Bayview-Hunters Point Center for Arts and Technology students present their media projects pegged to the theme of innovation. [6 to 8 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]

The Eighth Fire: Presenters describe the exhibition as “a prophetic collaborative experience of three multimedia artists channeling the roots of Afro- indigenous thought and art and inspired by the legacy of the Black Panther Party.” [3 to 7 p.m., Greenlining 360 Center, 360 14th St., Oakland]

The Freak Accident: The group, featuring members of Jello Biafra’s band doing surf versions of Joy Division, headlines a Depth Charge show with Friendship Commanders from Nashville and The Swells. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Atmosphere: The hip-hop duo from Minnesota headlines the Welcome to California Tour with Zuluzuluu, Greg Grease and DJ Just Nine. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

American Bach Soloists Festival: Free performances and talks include a 3 p.m. harpsichord master class; a 5 p.m. lecture by Debra Nagy called “Winds on the Water: Grand Music for the Great Outdoors”; and, at 8 p.m., the Baroque Marathon, the festival’s third Academy-in-Action Concert. [3, 5 and 8 p.m., Conservatory of Music 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Swirlies: The 1990s shoegaze veterans from Boston play their first West Coast dates in 14 years, promoting the vinyl reissue of the 1993 album “Blonder Tongue Audio Baton.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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