The Commons’ 3rd Thursdays Block Party,

June 21-23: Commons’ 3rd Thursdays Block Party, 29 Rooms, Stanford Summer Jazz, Robert Plant, Hattie McDaniel… What I Need You To Know, Pretenders, CubaCaribe Festival, SF Gay Men’s Chorus, Trampled By Turtles, Kevin Hart, Kevin Killian, Redwood City Symphony


The Commons’ 3rd Thursdays Block Party: Continuing once a month through October, the free outdoor festivities include live music (bands curated by Another Planet Entertainment), food trucks and adult beverages amid the area’s state-of-the-art playgrounds. [5 to 9 p.m., Where: Civic Center Plaza, Polk, Larkin, Grove and McAllister streets, S.F.]

29 Rooms: Opening a four-day run, the “fun house of style, culture and creativity” presented by Refinery29 (the website offering content for young women) is a ticketed attraction with exhibits by artists, visionaries and movie stars. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m., 7 to 10 p.m, Palace of Fine Arts, 3362 Palace Drive, S.F.;]

Waterfront Flicks: Jack London Square’s free outdoor movie series begins with an Oakland A’s night celebrating the 25th anniversary of the coming-of-age baseball film “The Sandlot” as well as swag and photo opportunities. [8 p.m., Ferry Lawn, 10 Clay St., Oakland]

Pride Film Screening: GroundSpark board of directors co-chair Joan Lefkowitz presents “That’s a Family: A Film for Kids about Family Diversity,” in which she appears, at the free presentation. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Hrair Balian: The director of the Carter’s Center’s conflict resolution program speaks on “Reducing Global Conflict.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Stanford Summer Jazz: Óskar Ly & Rumbalú, a salsa and jazz band, opens the seasonal series of 10 free concerts. [6 p.m., Plaza, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto]

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters: The rock veteran and his band are playing new material from the album “Carry Fire”; Jim James, in a solo acoustic set, opens. [7:30 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Kevin Hart: The comic appears in the first of two Northern California dates on his “Irresponsible Tour.” [8 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Hattie McDaniel…What I Need You To Know!: [Vickilyn Reynolds stars in the musical and theatrical tribute to Hattie McDaniel, the trailblazing “Gone with the Wind” Academy Award-winner. [7:30 p.m. Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Jack London Square Waterfront Flicks: The free summer outdoor movie series begins with an Oakland A’s night celebrating the 25th anniversary of the coming-of-age baseball film “The Sandlot” as well as swag and photo opportunities. [8 p.m., Ferry Lawn, 10 Clay St., Oakland]

Len Cariou: The costar of TV’s “Blue Bloods” and Tony winner for “Sweeney Todd” appears in his acclaimed one-man show “Broadway and the Bard: An Evening of Shakespeare & Song.” [8:15 p.m., Lesher Center, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

Oh, Coward!
: Pear Theatre concludes its 16th season with the witty two-act musical revue of songs and sketches devised by Roderick Cook and music and lyrics by Noël Coward. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]


Pretenders: The classic rockers led by Chrissie Hynde have a new album, “Alone”; local favorites Chuck Prophet and The Mission Express open. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

CubaCaribe Festival 2018
: Performers representing the Afro-Caribbean diaspora — Aguas Da Bahia, La Cali Dance, El Wah Movement Dance Theater, Nicaragua Danza, Hijos de Maiz, Alafia Dance Ensemble, Dimensions Dance Theater, Dandha da Hora & Yabás Dance Co., Cheza Nami Foundation, Musicians-SambaDá — are featured. [7 p.m. Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Do What You Love Comedy Series
: The BYOB comedy happy hour series is a breeding ground for new Bay Area talent. [6:15 p.m., WeWork Civic Center, 1161 Mission St., S.F.]

Ali & The Thieves: Vocalist Ali Hughes takes listeners through a “thoughtfully curated collection of Leonard Cohen’s famous poetry” in the Society Cabaret concert. [8 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Sons of an Illustrious Father
: Since launching last year’s queer anthem “U.S. Gay,” the New York City “slight-indie-rock-meets Nu-Goth” trio “has been on a creative roll.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Danny Green Trio: The pianist appears with bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm in a concert of new jazz, Brazilian and classical sounds and music from their 2016 release, “Altered Narratives.” [7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus: The group’s 40th season final concert, “Unbreakable,” a premiere by Tony Award-nominated composer Andrew Lippa about the history of the gay experience, features Lippa and guest singers Lisa Vroman, Britney Coleman and Marcus Paige [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath: The eclectic Austin-based band (which began as Grupo Fantasma, focusing on cumbia music), then became a jamming party group, is now paying tribute to Black Sabbath, one of its favorites bands growing up as kids. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Trampled by Turtles: The Minnesota group, known for combining rock, folk, punk, country and its own take on progressive bluegrass, is back on the road after a four-year break. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Violent Femmes: The band founded in 1980 by bassist multi-instrumentalist Brian Ritchie and drummer Victor De Lorenzo, who were joined in 1981 by singer Gordon Gano, is known for its timeless “loose, improvisational, acoustic sound.” [9 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]


Kevin Killian: The San Francisco Public Library’s “Take Pride in Your Library” series presents the poet, author, editor and playwright of LGBT literature. [2 p.m., North Beach Branch Library, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Redwood City Symphony: The orchestra opens a summer series of free classical concerts, playing a program including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnole” and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. [7 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Black Panther: Now Hunters Point presents the free outdoor movie night with free popcorn and screening of “one of the best superhero movies of all-time.” [8 p.m., 155 Jennings St., S.F.]

Michele King and Truong Tran: The artists open “Illumination|The Poetics of Light,” their exhibition of mixed media paintings and constructed acrylic panels, with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., Avenue 12 Gallery, 1101 Lake St., S.F.]

A Night in Venice: Lyric Theatre of San Jose opens its run of Strauss’ farcical, romantic story with intrigue, mistaken identity, disguises, gondoliers and waltzes. [8 p.m., San Jose City College Theater, 2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose]

Grown Women Dance Collective: “Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars: A Juneteenth Celebration Through Dance” features dancers 40 and older, alumni from esteemed troupes, in a program including tributes to Luther Vandross, Fats Domino, Nina Simone, Prince and more. [6:30 p.m., Malonga Casquelourd Center, 1428 Alice St., Oakland]

Watch What Crappens: Popular podcasters Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam are in town for a live presentation of their show covering everything on Bravo TV. [7 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

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