“Beautiful-The Carole King Musical” at the Orpheum features Abby Mueller, left, as the title character, and, from left, Becky Gulsvig as Cynthia Weil , Ben Fankhauser as Barry Mann and Liam Tobin as Gerry Goffin. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Aug. 9-10: Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, Gregory Alan Isakov, You Never Can Tell, Drew Magary, Music on the Main, Amy Miller


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10

Beautiful-The Carole King Musical: The show about the early career of the groundbreaking songwriter (and her husband Gerry Goffin and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann) opens a six-week run in The City. [8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1182 Market St., S.F.]

Gregory Alan Isakov: The South African-born, Colorado-based indie-folk singer-songwriter headlines a bill with the Magik*Magik Orchestra. [7:30 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

You Never Can Tell: California Shakespeare Theater opens its production of George Bernard Shaw’s sharply-observed take on feminism, class distinctions and romance with a preview. [8 p.m,, Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda]

Drew Magary: The GQ correspondent discusses his new book “The Hike,” a fantasy saga that one critic said “feels sort of like a Dali painting on amphetamines.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St, S.F.]

Music on the Main: The 15th annual free street fest features food, kids’ activities and performances by Zydeco king Andre Thierry and R&B stylists But-tah & The Buttahluv Band. [5 to 7:30 p.m., Marina Way and Macdonald Avenue, Richmond]

Creative Problem Solving: “Meet the Geniuses: Inside the MacArthur Foundation’s Creative Thinking Awards” is a panel with scholars and Bay Area MacArthur Fellows Cecilia Conrad, Maneesh Agrawala and Camille Utterback commenting on the process of problem solving. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

National S’mores Day: The Mission Bay Food Truck Park SPARK and Funcheap host the celebration of the classic campfire treat at an event with deluxe fire pits, toasting stations and $5 custom S’mores kits. [4 to 9 p.m., SPARK, 601 Mission Bay Blvd. North, S.F.]

Amy Miller: The comedian, formerly of Oakland and voted “Portland’s Funniest” in 2013 and 2015, headlines a standup bill with Shanti Charan and Ben Kolina. [9 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

THURSDAY, AUG. 11

Edge Residency: Independent arts presenter CounterPulse hosts new works by 2016 residents Zoë Klein and Stephanie Bastos, who explore “autobiography though dance, uncovering identity, freedom and loss.” [8 p.m., 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Mame: Meg Mackay and Sharon McNight pay tribute to composer-lyricist Jerry Herman with a concert production of the musical about an eccentric bohemian whose life is interrupted when she becomes the guardian for her nephew. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.] o

DCI Big, Loud & Live 13: The broadcast comes live from Drum Corps International World Championship preliminaries, featuring performances by the world’s top drum groups competing in Indianapolis. [3:30 p.m, Century at Tanforan, Shops at Tanforan, 1188 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Lil Yachty: The hip-hop artist from Atlanta gained recognition for the singles “One Night” and “Minnesota.” [8 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

Six Decades of Finance & Fashion Show Fundraiser: “Project Runway” contestant Jake Wall hosts the $60-per-person benefit for Financial Women of San Francisco, a group supporting females working in financial services. [5:30 p.m., Bloomingdale’s Westfield Centre, second floor, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Heather Young: The Mill Valley author speaks about her haunting debut novel, “The Lost Girls,” which describes how a family is deeply affected for years after their 6-year old girl vanishes from their remote vacation home. [7 p.m., Books Inc, 3515 California St., S.F.]

Darrell Scott: The multi-instrumentalist, songwriter (for the Dixie Chicks and others) and member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy plays a solo concert. [8 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]

GENERA#ION: The group show, billed as “San Francisco’s first exhibition of contemporary art from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” opens with a reception with performances and Middle Eastern food. [7 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

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