Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle speaks about her exhibition “The Retrieval” at the San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery on Thursday. (Courtesy S.F. Arts Commission)

March 7-8: Jeff Dunham, CIFIKA, Jospeh Lease, Janet Napolitano, Vegas Tenold, Betty Reid Soskin, Effie Lee Morris tribute, ZZ Ward, Schwabacher Recital, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Walk Off the Earth, Tatiana Maslany


Jeff Dunham: The ventriloquist from Texas, a comic known for his politically incorrect characters, brings his “Passively Aggressive” tour to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

CIFIKA: The underground electronic pop sensation from Seoul with the new EP “Prism” is on what promoters call the “largest U.S. tour by any Korean artist ever.” [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Joseph Lease: The poet and California College of the Arts faculty member reads from his new collection, “The Body Ghost.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Wrecks: Opening for New Politics, the indie rockers from Los Angeles are gaining traction with their debut EP and the tune “Favorite Liar.” [7:30 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Janet Napolitano: The University of California president delivers a keynote speech, appears in conversation and takes audience questions about the future of the institution as it celebrates its 150th year. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.[

Vegas Tenold: The journalist who has covered the far right in the U.S. and human rights in Russia, and author of “Everything You Love Will Burn,” speaks on “Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism.” [7:30 p.m., St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley]

Betty Reid Soskin: The African American Center of the San Francisco Public Library presents the 96-year-old war-years worker, singer-songwriter, performer, legislative aide, National Park Service ranger and fighter against discrimination in conversation about her new book “Sign My Name to Freedom.” [6 p.m.. Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Honoring the Legacy of Effie Lee Morris: The local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association presents a program on the legacy of its founder, a librarian and educator known for her work for social justice. [5:30 p.m., Latino- Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Elle Luna and Susie Herrick: The San Francisco-based artist and psychotherapist talk about their book “Your Story is Your Power,” a “hands-on guide shows women how to uncover and understand their own stories in order to live more confident, unapologetic lives.” [7 p.m., Book Passage,51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

ZZ Ward: The bluesy, Los Angeles-based vocal powerhouse is promoting her 2017 album “The Storm”; Billy Raffoul, a young, rough-hewn, rock singer-songwriter, opens. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Schwabacher Recital Series: The San Francisco Opera program showcasing up-and-coming artists features soprano Felicia Moore, bass-baritone Christian Pursell and pianist César Cañón. [7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle: In the talk “Un-Portraits and Kentrification: Talking to Ghosts,” the artist discusses her solo exhibition “The Retrieval,” which includes drawings and sculpture responding to the disappearance of black women due to abuses and human trafficking. [7 p.m., S.F. Arts Commission Main Gallery, 401 Van Ness Ave., Suite 126, S.F.]

Ama-San: The documentary by Cláudia Varejao describes the “sea women” of Japan’s Shima Peninsula, who maintain an ancient tradition of diving for pearls, urchins and abalone without modern gear or protection. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Betty Reid Soskin: At 96, the oldest active National Park Service ranger (at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front) speaks about her life of public service and shares her unique observations and insights into American’s history. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen: Cinequest presents the actors, earning a Maverick Spirit Award at the premiere of the short film “Souls of Totality,” an unlikely love story set in a cult. [7:30 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

Make Believe-The World of Glen Keane: Opening Thursday and running through Sept. 3, the exhibit showcases work of the animator and artist who created characters in “Beauty and the Beast,” “Tarzan,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

Our Last Night: The New Hampshire based post-hardcore band headlines a show, also featuring U.K. pop rock band Don Broco, promoting the new album “Technology.” [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Dismantling Patriarchy: The program features Middle Eastern women artists — Yasmine Diaz, Atosa Melody Babaoff and Naima Shalhoub and part of a documentary about the Arab world’s first woman Sharia judge — in performance and socially-themed conversation. [8 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Walk Off The Earth: The Canadian band came to fame for its viral, lo-fi YouTube cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know.” [8 p.m., Masonic, 111 California St., S.F.]

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