July 15-16: Ed Moses exhibition celebrates artist’s 90th birthday; Patricia Milton’s ‘Hearts of Palm’ takes on capitalism

Friday, July 15

Ed Moses: The internationally known artist displays recent diagonal and rectilinear grid paintings in “LA — San Francisco,” an exhibit held in celebration of his 90th birthday. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brian Gross Fine Art, 248 Utah St., S.F.]

Shortening-Making Irrational Rational: Artist-mathematician Nelson Saiers’ installation uses math concepts and football jerseys to criticize the imposing of long prison sentences for minor nonviolent offenses. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Industries Building, Alcatraz; www.alcatrazcruises.com]

Hal Sparks: The comedian and actor, known for his roles in “Queer as Folk” and “Dude, Where’s My Car?,” presents his high-energy, snarky stand-up show. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Confederates: Suzanne Bradbeer’s stage thriller looks at today’s 24/7 media through the story of a dad running for president, a daughter with her own agenda and reporters seeking a scoop. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Darius Rucker: The singer-songwriter presents his country-flavored “Good for a Good Time” tour, with Michael Ray and Dan+Shay also on the bill. [7:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

The Box: The play by journalist and former political prisoner Sarah Shourd follows various prison inmates in solitary confinement to look at the ripple effects of systematic torture and consider what being human means. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Pete Escovedo: The world-recognized Latin-jazz percussionist, celebrating his 81st birthday, performs with his Latin Jazz Orchestra. [8:30 p.m., Angelica’s Restaurant, 863 Main St., Redwood City]

The Real Americans: Actor-playwright Dan Hoyle seriocomically examines the 100 days he spent escaping the liberal urban bubble and traveling through small-town America in this solo performance. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Alaska Far Away: The film explores the results of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program which gave 202 families from Depression-ravaged Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan the extraordinary opportunity to start over on the Alaskan frontier. [7 p.m., Premiere Theatre, Letterman Digital Arts Center, 1 Letterman Drive, S.F.; registration required at www.eventbrite.com]

Saturday, July 16

Hearts of Palm: Unrequited love meets unregulated capitalism in playwright Patricia Milton’s comic play about corporate negotiators hoping to expand a palm-oil plantation on a small Asian island. [8 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

WagakkiBand: In California for the first time, the wild band from Japan fuses Japanese traditional-instrument music with contemporary western rock. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Renegade Craft Fair: The returning maker festival features handmade goods, DIY workshops, special attractions and activities, and food and drink. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Stones Thrown in Glass Houses: Featuring the Joyride storytelling project, the evening includes personal stories that mirror proverbs, plus music and flora. [6:30 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
Vienna Teng: The singer-songwriter is known for her piano-driven music and emotional and personal lyrics, presented in a pop-folk style. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, Stanford]

Ola Project: The festival combines music, dance, talks and art in celebration of Hawaiian culture and the contributions of the Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu hula school and dance company. [1 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

Beast Crawl: More than 150 poets, writers and performance artists will appear at nearly 40 Oakland galleries, bars, cafes and storefronts at this free literary festival. [5 to 9 p.m., various sites in Oakland; www.beastcrawl.weebly.com]

Bubblegum Garbage Party: Hosted by local comedian Thomas Bridgman, the show features guest comics answering questions both serious and ridiculous, telling jokes and improvising scenes. [4:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

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