Slayer -- from left, Paul Bostaph, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Tom Araya -- headlines the Bill Graham Civic on Aug. 9. (Courtesy Gene Ambo)

Aug. 7-8: Summertime, Brick + Mortar, Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to be Women), J Grabowski, Making My Pitch, Pleasure Palace, Claire Cameron, Slayer

Summertime: Continuing through Sept. 23, the gallery show is a collection of “socially informed works by internationally renowned contemporary artists working in painting, photography, sculpture, film, neon installation and mixed media.” [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F.]

Brick + Mortar: The “electro, concrete, psychedelic, ghetto, indie rock” band from Asbury Park, N.J. plays a Noise Pop concert. [8:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen To Be Women): The standup lineup features Carla Clayy, Marga Gomez, Molly Ruben Long and Jill Maragos. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

J Grabowski: “Time Landscape,” a show of drawings, paintings and poems by the Manhattan-based artist and writer, opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Gallery Ex Libris, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Litquake at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Bay Area poets MK Chavez, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Rachel Richardson and Shelley Wong and musicians in Astralogik share their work in the free lunchtime session. [12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Esplanade, Mission Street, between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Making My Pitch-A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey: Jean Hastings Ardell discusses her new book, the true story of Ila Jane Borders, the first female pitcher receive a scholarship to play men’s collegiate baseball and to start a men’s pro baseball game. [6:30 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Pleasure Palace: The organ trio — Lorenzo Farrell on organ, Rolf Wilkinson on drums and Ned Boynton on guitar — plays jazz and more in a free noontime People in Plazas concert. [Noon, Rincon Center food court, 121 Spear St., S.F.]

Claire Cameron: The author of the best-selling “The Bear” speaks about her new novel “The Last Neanderthal” — which one critic called “a brilliantly feminist and intuitive reading of our earliest history” — with “The Millions’” Lydia Kiesling. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9

Slayer: The thrash-punk-metal band is headlining a show with Lamb of God and Behemoth which promoters are calling “a Satan-approved triple bill of Biblical proportions.” [7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Jay Prince: The up-and-coming hip-hop star and producer from London has a sound described as “honeyed hip-hop, recalling the dawn of U.S. sunshine rap.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Hans Zimmer: The prolific, successful composer performs classic and re-imagined renditions of his scores from “Gladiator” and “The Lion King” to “The Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception.” [8 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Michelle Richmond
: The San Francisco writer speaks about her new novel “The Marriage Pact” — a “relentless psychological thriller” already optioned to Twentieth Century Fox. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Slayer: The thrash-punk-metal band is headlining a show with Lamb of God and Behemoth which promoters are calling “a Satan-approved triple bill of Biblical proportions.” [7 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Plan B Story Jam: “Adventures in Damage Control” features travel tales by master storytellers Jill Anderson, Betsy Aaron, Jeff Greenwald, Kristiana Dhillon, Jeff Frenster, Ann Marie Alane and Arindam Jha. [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Betty Who: The young Australian-born, Los Angeles-based musician (who has appeared on Katy Perry’s bill) has been called “your next pop obsession.” [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

American Bach Soloists Festival: Elizabeth Blumenstock and Robert Mealy head up a free violin and viola master class open to the public. [3 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Comedy Night at the Monarch: Jerome Joyce hosts, Rachel Lark and Maria Konner play music, and Cory Robinson, Matt Lieb, Irene Tu, Joey Avery, Paco Romane, Jeff Dean, Krista Fatka and Mike Gamms do standup. [9 p.m., 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

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