Juan Carlos Morales Esqueda, left, and Angela Espinoza appear with Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl, a troupe performing dances from Mexico’s Veracruz this weekend at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. (Courtesy World Arts West)

Juan Carlos Morales Esqueda, left, and Angela Espinoza appear with Ballet Folklórico Netzahualcoyotl, a troupe performing dances from Mexico’s Veracruz this weekend at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. (Courtesy World Arts West)

June 5-6: SF Ethnic Dance Festival, SF Docfest, Ocean Beach cleanup, Very Perry Show, Austin Lucas, Antonio Villaraigosa


S.F. Ethnic Dance Festival: The first weekend of the 38th annual event, which runs through June 19, includes dances from China, Bolivia, Senegal, Spain, India, the Philippines, Mexico, Java and Japan. [4 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts Theater, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

East LA Interchange: SF DocFest screens the film, about the evolution the of working-class, immigrant Boyle Heights neighborhood from multicultural to predominately Latino (and a center of Mexican-American culture); director Betsy Kalin attends. [7 p.m., Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Music at a Time of War: Old First Concerts presents a music and spoken word program featuring Schoenberg’s “Ode to Napoleon” with pianist Gwendolyn Mok and members of the San Francisco Symphony, poems by Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Hass and Ravel’s “Trio” in A minor, [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Dr. Loco’s 75th Birthday Tribute to Jim Pepper: Saxophonists Jose “Dr. Loco” Cuellar, Francis Wong, Hafez Modirzadeh and Melecio Magdaluyo celebrate the jazz fusion pioneer of Kaw and Creek descent in a free concert. [1 p.m,, Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Union Street Festival: The 40th annual fair features food, live entertainment, artwork and activities for kids. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Union Street, between Gough and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Ocean Beach cleanup and treats: Ghirardelli and Surfrider Foundation host the activity; participants in the effort get a voucher for a free Ghirardelli sundae. [10 a.m. to noon, Ocean Beach Stairwell 17, 1000 Great Highway, S.F.]

The Very Perry Show: Katy Perry (a former San Francisco resident) described as “the Irish version of Tracey Ullman,” appears in her acclaimed solo performance, presented by the S.F. International Arts Festival. [2 p.m., Fort Mason, Southside Theater, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Austin Lucas: The Indiana troubadour is promoting “Between the Moon and the Midwest,” a concept album that “marries traditional and cosmic country sounds with vivid storytelling.” [8:30 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St, S.F.]

Culinary Death Match: In the SF Design Week event, chefs Kelsey Kerr, Mark Liberman and Galen Vasquez compete in three events: preparing food in a kiln, creating their own serving dish out of clay and plating food on a sculptural piece. [4 to 7 p.m., Jered’s Pottery, 867 S. 19th St., Richmond]


Antonio Villaraigosa: The former mayor of Los Angeles speaks about his career, the impact of the Latino vote on the presidential election and other political issues of the day. [6:30 p.m.. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Full Metal Cinema: The program, focusing on movies that have been overlooked and/or misunderstood, screens Ryan Gosling’s writing-directing debut “Lost River.” [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Nikki Einfeld with Left Coast: The acclaimed Bay Area soprano joins the ensemble in a concert of works by Schubert, Strauss, Poulenc, Ives and Hindemith. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Archetti Baroque String Ensemble: The group performs Giovanni Antonio Guido’s “Le Quattro Staggioni dell’Anno,” which is inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” [8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Seven Performances in Honor of Alan Curtis: The late harpsichordist is honored in a free concert featuring Matthew Dirst, Arthur Haas, Katherine Heater, Jung Hae Kim, Gilbert Martinez, Tilman Skowroneck and Elaine Thornburgh. [5 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

Paul Simon: The songwriting great appears in conversation with Dave Eggers in a sold-out benefit for 826 Valencia, presented by City Arts and Lectures. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Paula Treick DeBoard: The California writer is promoting her thriller “The Drowning Girls,” described as “a heart-pounding look at what lies behind the deceptively placid veneer of the well-to-do suburbs.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Jensen Beach: The Vermont-based writer speaks about “Swallowed by the Cold,” his collection of stories set in Swedish village on the Baltic Sea and in Stockholm over the course of two years. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

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