Global Street Dance Masquerade appears in “Comhar: The Power of Working Together,” a performance and ritual about HIV/AIDS celebrating the 35th anniversary of San Francisco’s General Hospital’s Ward 86 on May 19. (Courtesy Dance Mission)

May 17-19: Comedy Returns to El Rio!, Tom Papa, Presidio Twilight, San Francisco, I Love You!, Maker Faire, Audra McDonald, Juanes, P!nk, Comhar: The Power of Working Together, Afro-Latinx Festival, Jon Jang, Eating You Alive, Pablo Estigarribia


Comedy Returns to El Rio!: The monthly show — featuring an all-star lineup of Diane Amos (The Pine Sol Lady), Ngaio Bealum, Mark Pitta, Bob McIntyre and Lisa Geduldig — celebrates its 10th anniversary, followed by a party with refreshments. [7 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Tom Papa: The veteran standup comic — who also writes for and appears on “Live from Here” (formerly “A Prairie Home Companion”) — opens a three-night engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Presidio Twilight: The fifth season of the Thursday night summer event, billed as “the Bay Area’s largest community campfire” and featuring with Off the Grid food trucks, cocktail service, fire pits and live music — opens. [5 to 9 p.m., Main Parade Ground, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

San Francisco, I Love You!: Footloose Presents hosts the variety show (which runs through June 28) with music, dance, theater and “romantic, idyllic, gritty and not pretty”comedic vignettes about The City. [7:30 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Barbara Dane, Tammy Hall Trio: The musicians play a special concert to celebrate folk-blues artist Dane’s 91st birthday and the release of her Smithsonian Folkways Recordings two-CD set. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Tao Lin: The novelist speaks about his new book “Trip: Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change,” described as “part memoir, part history and part journalistic exposé” and as ‘The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test’ for a new generation.” [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Museum of Craft and Design MAKE: The monthly participatory session focusing on creative design projects is a “MAY-ker Faire pre-party” in anticipation of Maker Faire in San Mateo. [6 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Reed Turchi: The North Carolina-born blues guitarist and singer-songwriter’s new album is “Just A Little More Faith.” [8 p.m., Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley]

Faggy at 50: Following sold-out performances at New York City’s Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, the award-winning one-man show by Joe Gulla is based on his experience growing up as a gay boy in the Bronx. [8 p.m., Tabard Theatre, 29 N. San Pedro St., San Jose]

Matt Beilis: The Carriage House Concert Series hosts the up-and-coming singer-songwriter, whose numerous covers of ballads by pop stars from Adele and Bruno Mars to Kings of Leon are popular on YouTube. [7:30 p.m., Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]


Maker Faire Bay Area: The weekend event, an “all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors,” begins with a preview day. [1 to 5 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Audra McDonald
: The soprano, a six-time Tony winner, appears in concert with the San Francisco Symphony. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Juanes: The Colombian musician, the most-awarded solo artist in Latin Grammy history, is on his “Amarte Tour” with Mon Laferte, Latin alternative’s “new leading lady.” [7:30 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

P!NK: The “international pop icon,” on her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2018, opens a two-night stand. [8 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Still I Rise: Vidhya Subramanian’s “investigative solo dance-theater piece — with Bharatanatyam, spoken word, five languages and original music — explores the parallels between the life and triumphs of Draupadi, a mythological heroine. [7:30 p.m., Cubberly Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Edward Simon: The Venezuelan pianist-composer and his trio, bassist Peter Barshay and drummer Alan Hall, play from the album “Latin American Songbook” in a Jazz in the Neighborhood concert. [8 p.m., Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F.]

The Crooked Jades: San Francisco’s premier old-time string band plays from “Empathy Moves The Water,” the band’s first original album in more than a decade, appearing on a bill with the Pine Box Boys. 9 p.m., $20. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.,


Comhar: The Power of Working Together: Two free events — combining dance, talk and ritual — examine the realities of health disparity and trauma, particularly relating to HIV/AIDS acquisition and transmission. [3 p.m., Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital rotunda, 1001 Potrero Ave., S.F.; 7 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Afro-Latinx Festival: Chuchito Valdés and Gina Madrid are among the performers appearing at the event, which aims to “celebrate creative feats of Latin American musical traditions rooted in the African diaspora.” [12:30 to 4 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

SAINt JHN: Born in Brooklyn and of Guyanese descent, the musician (who cowrote Usher’s hits “Crash” and “Rivals”) grew up listening to Caribbean music but was inspired by his brohter to rap. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F]

Pablo Estigarribia: The award-winning Argentinian pianist plays a concert of tango music. [7:30 p.m., Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Eating You Alive: The documentary by Paul David Kennamer Jr. about how what Americans ingest causes chronic diseases killing them, screens. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jon Jang: The renowned composer, pianist and band leader premieres “The Pledge of Black/Asian Allegiance,” timed to celebrate the shared birthday of social activists Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X. [8 p.m., Buddhist Church of San Francisco, 1881 Pine St., S.F.]

Bikes to Books: The free, five-year anniversary ride, a 7.1-mile bicycle tour celebrating the literary and adventurous spirit of San Francisco, ends at City Lights Booksellers. [1 p.m., Jack London Alley, South Park, S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The program includes guest concertmaster Zachary DePue and pianist Simone Dinnerstein in the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass’ Piano Concerto No. 3. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Monks of Doom: The art-psych-prog rock collective — with members from Camper Van Beethoven (Victor Krummenacher, Greg Lisher and Chris Pedersen) and Counting Crows’ David Immergluck — releases the album “The Bronte Pin.” [8 p.m., Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Al Stewart: The musician, part of the British folk revival of the 1960s-70s, plays his classic album, “Year of the Cat.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

California Honeydrops: The bluesy, funky R&B band born in an Oakland transit station has charted for the first time with the 2018 double album “Call It Home: Vol. 1 & 2.” [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]
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