July 29-30: BigPicture, Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, Rod Man, Carmen Lynch, Shane Dawson, Melody Parker


BigPicture: Opening Friday and running through Oct. 20, the third annual natural world photography exhibit features the work of award-winning nature, wildlife and conservation photographers from around the world. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

The Winter’s Tale: The S.F. Shakespeare Festival outdoor summer series stages the story about Leontes, king of Sicilia, which unfolds in scenes set 16 years apart. [6:30 p.m., Memorial Park, 10185 N. Stelling Road, Cupertino]

Twelfth Night: Marin Shakespeare opens its production of the Bard’s gender-bending comedy directed by Lesley Schisgall Currier. [8 p.m. Forest Meadows Amphitheatre, Dominican University of California, 890 Belle Ave., San Rafael]

Deborah Slater Dance Theatre: The group presents new works in progress by Tammy Johnson and Larry Arrington, choreographers participating in its fifth anniversary studio residency. [8 p.m., Studio 210, 3435 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Rod Man: Born in the South, the season eight winner of “Last Comic Standing” is known for his charm and laid-back style. [7:30 and 9:45 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Carmen Lynch: The comedian — who jokes that she’s dating the old-fashioned way, not online but by “just walking outside and hoping” — continues her three-day stand-up engagement. [8 and 10 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Jessica Winter: The Slate editor talks about “Break in Case of Emergency” — her funny satirical novel that takes down celebrities and explores the difficulty of navigating friendships — in conversation with Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence from Slate. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Shane Dawson: The New York Times bestselling author is promoting “It Gets Worse,” his new essay collection, in a ticketed, sold-out event. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Melody Parker: The eclectic Bay Area chamber-pop singer-songwriter plays a record release show with Mark Allen-Piccolo (also releasing an album) and Meredith Axelrod. [8 p.m., Amado’s, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Victor Manuelle: The romantic Latin Grammy-nominated, American-born Puerto Rican salsa singer, songwriter and improvisational son singer has been a hitmaker since 1993. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Big Business: Jared Warren and Coady Willis (both of The Melvins) head up the “bombastic three-piece sludge metal band”; Andy the Doorbum and Hornss open. [9:30 p.m,, Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th Ave., S.F.]

Project M: The all-male hip-hop dance company based in San Francisco stages its second “Dance Showcase for a Cause,” a benefit for My New Red Shoes, a group providing shoes to homeless children. [6 p.m., Skyline College, 3300 College Drive, San Bruno]

The Detroiter: The group exhibit curated by Inner State Gallery in Detroit — which includes works by some 50 artists from Detroit or inspired by Detroit — opens with a party featuring music by Matthew Dear, Shigeto, Lusine and Christopher Willits. [4 p.m. to midnight, Heron Arts, 7 Heron St., S.F.]

The CSA Farm Cookbook: Former San Francisco resident Mi Ae Lipe talks about “Bounty from the Box,” her guide to enjoying more than 90 crops grown by community-supported agriculture farms across North America. [3 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

The Cunning Little Vixen: West Edge Opera opens its season with Janácek’s traditional (yet modern!) work, the only opera based on a graphic novel. [8 p.m., 16th Street Station, Wood and 16th streets, Oakland]

Alle Farbem: The German DJ and producer (aka Kreuzberger Frans Zimmer) is promoting his latest release “Music Is My Best Friend.” [10 p.m., Verso, 1525 Mission St., S.F.]

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