Jenny Lucero-Rivera appears with the contemporary Cuban folkloric Alayo Dance Company at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, which has moved to the War Memorial Opera House this year. (Courtesy RJ Muna)

July 9-10: SF Ethnic Dance Festival, Ice Cream Sunday Showdown, Standup NBC, Ayesha Nadir Ali, Opera San Jose, Kidchella, Lieder Evening, Sarah Kuhn

SUNDAY, JULY 9

San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival: The beloved Bay Area event — opening a two-weekend engagement in a new, glamorous venue — offers two programs boasting 24 ensembles showcasing traditions from the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ice Cream Sunday Showdown: Organizers promise “cups, cones, floats and pops, scooped, dipped, swirled and topped, nonstop from your favorite shoppes” and other festivities at the third annual ticked event. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Fanna-Fi-Allah: The Canadian-American ensemble plays devotionally driven, passionate Qawwali from India and Pakistan, continuing an ancient tradition of Sufi music. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Standup NBC: Semi-finalists in NBC’s 14th annual nationwide search for comics of diverse backgrounds compete for a talent deal with NBCUniversal. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Ayesha Nadir Ali: The singer from Pakistan, who is trained in the Indian Dhrupad style of singing, performs a free concert of pieces from her classical repertoire and selections of Punjabi sufi poetry set to music. [3 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, Civic Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Hayward/Russell City Blues Festival: Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, Grady Champion and King Fish are among the lineup in the 18th annual event. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Hayward City Hall Plaza, 777 B St., Hayward]

An Evening of Lieder: Vocalist Anthony Reed and pianist John Parr perform Franz Schubert’s “Schwanengesang” in an event accompanied by a reception with the artists. [5 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

Lisa Cypers Kamen
: The life coach and host of “Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio” author signs copies of her newly-revised book “Are We Happy Yet: Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life.” [Noon, Barnes & Noble, 313 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera]

Opera San José: Members of the company appear in a free performance of arias and ensembles from works in the 2017-18 season: “Cosi fan Tutte,” “La Rondine,” “La Traviata” and “The Flying Dutchman.” [6 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Kidchella: The Hipwaders, the Bay Area mod-rock group inspired by the Beatles, Devo and They Might Be Giants, plays a free show in the summer concert series for little ones. [11 a.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Bren McClain: The Southern writer and TV news professional is promoting her debut novel “One Good Mama Bone,” the story of a recently widowed, poor single mother struggling to survive in rural South Carolina in the 1950s. [4 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Sarah Kuhn: The author of the fun San Francisco-set “Heroine Complex” chats about its new sequel, “Heroine Worship.” [3 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

MONDAY, JULY 10

Tommie W. Whitener: The Bay Area family law practitioner (who handled thousands of divorce cases) speaks about his new book “Mother Earth: Three Couples,” which he calls a “novel of personal development, marital stress and growth, and the eternal quest for a happier, more fulfilling life.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Best Ex: The pop rock band, formerly Candy Hearts, marks a new direction for New Jersey-bred singer-songwriter Mariel Loveland; she’s aided by Kozie, producer-musician Cody Hoffman, also joining another act on the bill, Promise of Redemption, the project of Shane Henderson. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

The Melvins: Buzz Osborne has headed the experimental band — playing doom metal and hardcore punk — since 1983. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Schola Cantorum Monday Night Sing-Along: Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” and Duruflé’s “Requiem” are on this week’s program of the $15 per singer participatory summer series hosted by the South Bay-based choral group, which offers scores to borrow. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave., Los Altos]

Dennis Snelling: The sports writer discusses his book “Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Ambassador,” which examines roles played by Horace Wilson, Mike Fisher and Lefty O’Doul in making baseball popular in Japan in the 20th century. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Politics Roundtable: The weekly panel features reporters Bob Butler and Carla Marinucci and USF political science professor James L. Taylor. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Turtlenecked: The act, the project of prolific Portland-based musician Harrison Smith, co-headlines a Noise Pop show with Cool American and False Priest. [8:30 p.m., Café du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Elly Simmons: The Marin artist hosts a reception for her exhibition of paintings and collages. [11:30 a.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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