Mark Anderson Phillips and Susan Greenhill play a son and mother at odds in TheatreWorks’ production of “The Velocity of Autumn.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

Mark Anderson Phillips and Susan Greenhill play a son and mother at odds in TheatreWorks’ production of “The Velocity of Autumn.” (Courtesy Kevin Berne)

June 7-8: Velocity of Autumn, Serpents of Dawn, Russ Franklin, Laura Miller, J. Kael Weston, Anya Fernald


The Velocity of Autumn: TheatreWorks stages the local premiere of Eric Coble’s play about an elderly artist who barricades herself into her Brooklyn brownstone to avoid going to a retirement home. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Serpents of Dawn: The doom metal band headlines a show with Manson’s Girls (from Tacoma, Wash.) and Flat Black. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

From Sleaze to Classics: The “intergenerational conversation about lesbiana and queer lit” features pulp writer Ann Bannon (of the Beebo Brinker series), Michelle Tea, and Juliana Delgado Lopera, director of the literary organization RADAR Productions. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

J. Kael Weston: The author of “The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan,” a former U.S. State Department advisor who worked in the region, speaks about his book. [6:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Russ Franklin: The author of “Cosmic Hotel” appears in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Adam Johnson, who called the novel “an epic feat of storytelling.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Local Siren-Women in Music: The concert series showcases local rockers Silver Shadows, Mane, Sirena Victima and DJ Mashi Mashi. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Laura Miller: The YouTube cook talks about her book “Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.: All Vegan and Mostly Raw Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Playground Festival of New Works: Katie May’s “Abominable: Or The Misappropriation of Beverly Onion by Forces Beyond Her Control” is about the journey of a lonely mortician’s assistant who discovers her destiny (and an unlikely soulmate). [8 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]


Anya Fernald: The sustainable food expert, founder of Belcampo Meat Co. (and “Iron Chef” judge) talks about “Home Cooked: Essential Recipes for a New Way to Cook.” = [6:30 p.m., Ominvore Books on Food, 3885 Cesar Chavez, S.F.]

Mutual Benefit: Folk, pop, indie musician Jordan Lee’s latest project and album is “Skip A Sinking Stone” a “two-part meditation on impermanence that also acts as a portrait of growing up.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Lisa Esile: Appearing with her co-author and husband, the positive thinking blogger shares tips from her book “Whose Mind Is It Anyway?” [6 p.m., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Kid’s Club: Children 12 and under are invited to make craft items (door hanger, card, wall hanging) to give to their dads for Father’s Day. [4 to 6 p.m., Shops of Tanforan, upper level near JCPenney, 1150 El Camino Real San Bruno]

Jason Henderson, Nicole Foletta: Henderson, a S.F. State geography professor, and Nicole Foletta, a transportation planner, discuss their book “Low Car(bon) Communities: Inspiring Car-Free and Car-Lite Urban Futures.” [ 7 p.m., Green Arcade Books, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

The Hour of Land: A reception celebrates the group photography exhibition accompanying the publication of “The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks” by Terry Tempest Williams, a literary effort honoring the centennial of the National Park Service. [6 p.m., UQINOM projects, 1599 Tennessee St., S.F.]

Rodrigo Amarante: The musician, known for his work in the Brazilian band Los Hermanos, is promoting his acclaimed solo album “Cavalo.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Joshua Kendall: The journalist and biographer speaks about his new volume “First Dads: Parenting and Politics from George Washington to Barack Obama.” [7 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

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