American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory students appear in “Homefront,” a world-premiere musical set during World War I, running through Aug. 19 at the Strand Theater. (Courtesy Jay Yamada)

American Conservatory Theater’s Young Conservatory students appear in “Homefront,” a world-premiere musical set during World War I, running through Aug. 19 at the Strand Theater. (Courtesy Jay Yamada)

Aug. 9-10: Homefront, Roses and Rosé, Outdoor Type, Richard Dawkins, American Bach Soloists Festival, Sinister Dexter, Laurie Penny, The Sardine Swims


Homefront: Students ages 8 to 19 in ACT’s Young Conservatory appear in the new World War I-set musical by Craig Slaight and Creighton Irons about three young siblings who flee from Germany to America. [7 p.m., Strand Theater, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

Roses and Rosé: Hotel Zoe San Francisco hosts its first pop-up in its outdoor courtyard, featuring Gina Baiamonte of Bloom Generation leading a $20 per person flower crown-making class, live music, and a glass of wine. [5 to 7 p.m., 425 North Point St., S.F.; RSVP to]

The Outdoor Type: The indie rock project of Melbourne singer-songwriter Zach Buchanan opens for Canadian ambient-pop duo You’ll Never Get To Heaven; singer-songwriter Dave Barr also appears. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Richard Dawkins: The acclaimed English biologist (whose 1976 book “The Selfish Gene” coined the term “meme”) speaks about his new volume “Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist” in a ticketed event presented by KPFA. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

American Bach Soloists Festival: Jeffrey Thomas, co-founder and director of the Baroque music group, speaks on “Bach’s Mass in B Minor: A Look from the Inside” in a free lecture. [5 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Sinister Dexter: The Bay Area funk and soul band — with horns — plays a free Music in the Park summer concert. [6 to 8 p.m., Stafford Park, King Street and Hopkins Avenue, Redwood City]

Comedy Allstars: The standup lineup features Louis Katz, Kris Tinkle, Molly Ruben Long and host Zack Chapaloni. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Laurie Penny: The English feminist columnist and author is in town to promote her new collection “Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]


The Sardine Swims to the Tenderloin Museum: The interactive multidisciplinary performance piece is a premiere by dancer-choreographer Melissa Lewis, best known for her founding of The Sardine, a 9-foot by 12-foot Tenderloin studio space. [7 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Laugh Attic: Comedy Oakland presents Adam Pearlstein, Shanti Charan, Armando Anto, ​Sandra Risser, Torio Van Grol and Gabrielle Poccia. [7:30 p.m., Howden Home of the Spice Monkey, 1628 Webster St., Oakland]

Dasher: Led by drummer-vocalist Kylee Kimbrough, the Bloomington-via-Atlanta punk band “brutally blends together influences of Japanese hardcore, nineties grunge and post-punk.” [9:30 p.m.,Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Baroque master class: The American Bach Soloists Festival invites the public to a free violoncello, viola da gamba, violone and contrabass session with William Skeen, Kenneth Slowik and Steven Lehning. [3 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

John Lloyd Young: The Tony Award winner who played Frankie Valli in the original Broadway production of “Jersey Boys” is back with his popular cabaret act. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Petit Biscuit
: French producer Mehdi Benjelloun, 17, a classically trained musician who plays piano, guitar and cello, appears in show combining acoustic and electric elements. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

NightLife LIVE: In an Outside Lands installment of the after-hours party at the natural history museum, Los Angeles’ Electric Guest plays electronic R&B and locals The She’s open with 1960s pop and surf rock. [6 to 10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Mathematics of Love: Cherrie Moraga’s new play, which spans five centuries (from Pre-Columbian Mexico City to Mission-era California to contemporary Los Angeles) through the perspective of a character who is in mid-stage Alzheimer’s, opens a two week run with a preview. [7 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]American Bach Soloists FestivalCalendarHomefrontLaurie PennyOutdoor TypeRichard DawkinsRoses and RoséSinister DexterThe Sardine Swims

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