Kristen Rulifson, left, and Lauren Godla of FloorPlay appear in “Bargaining with God.” (Courtesy Louis Bryant)

March 15-16: FloorPlay, Thao, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jon Dore, James Lapsley, Deepak Unnikrishnan

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15

FloorPlay: A new dance-theater company co-directed by Kristen Rulifson and Lauren Godla presents “Bargaining with God,” in which two passionate performers “find out what happens when they bargain their way through life.” [8 p.m., SAFEHouse Arts, 1 Grove St., S.F.]

Thao: The frontwoman of the San Francisco band The Get Down Stay Down appears, promoting the new video “Meticulous Bird” from the 2016 album “A Man Alive.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Lynn Hershman Leeson: The filmmaker and conceptual artist appears in conversation with writer Eleanor Coppola (moderated by curator Amelia Jones) focusing on her early pioneering works of radical social performances and activism of the 1960s–1980s. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Rudzienko: American director Sharon Lockhart appears at a screening of her Polish film collaboration with young women living in a group home in Poland, who created expressive, carefully composed vignettes about their lives. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: The troupe’s second program of a six-day engagement includes Alvin Ailey’s “Night Creature” and “Cry,” along with the Bay Area premiere of Kyle Abraham’s “Untitled America” and Rennie Harris’ “Exodus.” [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Jon Dore: The Canadian comic, who opens a four-night engagement, recently joked “y’know what I just realized? I have never had an epiphany.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.,]

HOBO Unplugged Lounge VIP Event: The leather handbag brand HOBO hosts a gathering with founder and designer Koren Ray previewing the upcoming fall collection. [5 to 8 p.m., Studio Roeper Gallery, 215 15th St., S.F.]

James Lapsley: The UC Davis wine historian uses vintage wine labels to share the colorful history of California wine in a talk in conjunction with the exhibition “Vintage.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, MARCH 16

Deepak Unnikrishnan: The author’s award-winning new novel “Temporary People” is about the many foreign nationals in the United Arab Emirates who are brought in to construct skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dorrance Dance: The New York-based company honors tap dance’s history “not by stripping the form of its tradition, but by pushing it: rhythmically, aesthetically and conceptually.” [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Dead Reckoning-War, Crime, and Justice, from WWII to the War on Terror: A preview of the PBS film about the evolution of the postwar justice system — in confronting genocide and other atrocities and in prosecuting perpetrators — screens, followed by a discussion. [5:30 p.m., Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

The Formaldehyde Trip: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts Mexico City–based Naomi Rincón Gallardo in a concert and video work mixing “Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory and indigenous women’s struggles for their territories.” [8 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Top SF Chefs Seafood Fundraiser: The $150 per-person dinner for the Golden Gate Salmon Association is created by leading local chefs Charles Phan, Parker Ulrich, Christine Wells, Matthew Dolan and Efren Sandoval. [7:15 p.m., Presidio Log Cabin, 1299 Storey Ave., S.F. Presidio]

Lost Worlds launch party: Sylvia Linsteadt speaks with Gary Kamiya about her coffee table book of essays and images that bring to life “many microcosms that once flourished in the San Francisco Bay Area.” [6 p.m., Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Dialogues in Drawing: The show of works by contemporary women artists of different backgrounds and generations (curated by Natasha Becker) opens with a talk and reception. [5:30 p.m., Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F.]

Budd MacKenzie: The East Bay activist speaks about his autobiography “Off the Couch Into the War for Hearts and Minds,” which details his humanitarian work in Afghanistan. [7 p.m., Mount Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church, 55 Eckley Lane, Walnut Creek]

Elli Perry: The singer-songwriter is on tour with “Little Thieves,” an album featuring pop melodies and indie rock grit added to her typical atmospheric Americana sound. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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