Young singer-songwriter Amy Vachal, a popular contestant on “The Voice,” appears at the Chapel.

June 5-6: Amy Vachal, Chain Reaction 2017, Seether, Lisa Ko, Cara Black, Martha Cooley, Nikki Goldstein


Amy Vachal: The alt-folk singer songwriter came to the world’s attention on “The Voice,” working with both Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Evening of Poetry: The event, celebrating “weird girls with rough edges,” features readings from Claudia Cortese, Emily Pinkerton and Elizabeth Hall. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.}

Chain Reaction 2017: John Kerry, former U.S. Secretary of State, is the keynote speaker of the fundraiser for the global peace and security organization Ploughshares. [6 p.m.,
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Seether: The Nirvana-influenced grunge band, originally from South Africa, headlines a concert with openers Fire and Kaleido. [7:30 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Politics Roundtable: News writers Marisa Lagos and C.W. Nevius appear in the panel, with host-moderator Randy Shandobil. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Lisa Ko: The fiction editor at Drunken Boat talks about her new novel “The Leavers” — about an undocumented Chinese immigrant who goes to her job at a nail salon, and never comes home — with Donia Bijan, author of “The Last Days of Cafe Leila.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1344 Park St., Alameda]

Cara Black: The author of the best-selling Aimée Leduc series is promoting the newest installment, “Murder in Saint-Germain.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Martha Cooley: The East Coast-based novelist discusses her new book, “Guesswork: A Reckoning with Loss,” her “memoir in essays” about 14 months spent in a small Italian village, in which she travels and reflects on love and loss. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Nikki Goldstein: The sexologist and relationship expert discusses “Single But Dating: A Field Guide to Dating in the Digital Age” with Emily Morse, host of the long-running podcast, Sex with Emily. [7 p.m., Books Inc. 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Marsha Ambrosius And Eric Benét: The Grammy-nominated soul singers appear together on their “M.E. Tour.” [10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Depth Charge concert: The Swells headline the rock show, which also features Tigers of the Sea from the Sea and Dad Jokes from New Zealand, and Did Is Dead. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Intelligence Squared: The acclaimed debate series comes to San Francisco, taking on the topic: “Tech Companies Should Be Required To Help Law Enforcement Execute Search Warrants To Access Customer Data.” [6 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Secret Sisters: Alabama-born Laura and Lydia Rogers were influenced by sources as varied as George Jones and Loretta Lynn, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Cabaret: The Roundabout Theatre Company version of Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s award-winning production of the famed John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff musical opens a brief South Bay run. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden, San Jose]

B Boys: The Brooklyn punk band, showing its softer side on its new album “Dada,” opens for Merchandise. [9 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Tipple + Snack Book Fair: The event celebrates the food, cocktails, and cookbooks of New Orleans. [6 to 8 p.m., Bar Agricole, 355 11th St., S.F.]

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