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


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.]


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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