May 21-22: Farallon Quintet, SFAI BFA Exhibition, CCSF Fashion Show, Brilliant Lies, Oakland Book Festival, Ben Stern, Robert Sapolsky


Farallon Quintet: Noe Valley Chamber Music closes its 24th season with a performance by the string quartet plus clarinet featuring new, commissioned works by Durwynne Hsieh and Chad Cannon. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

San Francisco Art Institute BFA Exhibition: Graduating fine arts students across disciplines display their latest work in a dynamic campus-wide show, which opens with a reception. [4 to 6 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Rise-CCSF Spring Fashion Show: The 16th annual show by City College of San Francisco student designers commemorates CCSF’s reaffirmed accreditation and honors former fashion department chair Diane Green, who is retiring. [5 p.m., Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Brilliant Lies: Beverly Hills Playhouse of San Francisco stages the play by David Williamson about an attractive young woman who loses her job, accuses her boss of sexual harassment and the mediator who attempts to find the truth. ​[2 p.m., Firescape Theatre, 414 Mason St., Suite 502, S.F.]

Oakland Book Festival: The annual event’s theme is “equality,” featuring panels on universal basic income; hip-hop and social justice; art and the global market; the Ghost Ship fire; and the legacy of James Baldwin, as well as Angela Davis, Judith Butler, Quincey Troupe, Jeff Chang, Ishmael Reed and Laura Albert among dozens of speakers. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland]

Walktell: The Bay Area psych pop artist (aka Jake Wachtel) opens a bill with Moral High Horses (melodic/psychedelic rock) and headliners Return, a Mongolian alt rock band. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Ben Stern: The 95-year-old Holocaust survivor who famously protested a proposed 1977 Nazi march in Illinois appears at a screening “Near Normal Man,” a documentary on the topic made by his daughter Charlene Stern. [9:30 a.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

SVAC Life Orchestra Concert: The 18th annual event presented by Silicon Valley Alliance Church group, a youth orchestra, features classical works, contemporary sacred songs, jazz and modern Chinese compositions. [3:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Woods: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the Brooklyn indie band on a bill with Peacers and Golden Daze. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]


Robert Sapolsky: The City Arts & Lectures’ Conversations on Science series presents the Stanford biologist and neurologist who tackles the question “Why do people do the things they do?” in his book “Behave: The Biology of Humans at our Best and Worst.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Dan Hunter: The Australian chef from Brae (recently named No. 4 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) is promoting “Brae: Recipes and Stories from the Restaurant” at a $98-per-person tasting event, which includes a copy of the book. [6:30 p.m., In Situ, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic: The event, billed as “the world’s largest annual LGBTQ bartending competition,” holds a session in the East Bay. [8 to 11 p.m., Club 21, 2111 Franklin St., Oakland]

Mary Gordon: The award-winning novelist (“Final Payments”) is promoting her new book “There Your Heart Lies,” which tells the story of an American woman who abandons her faith to fight the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, and her granddaughter who journeys to the country decades later. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tama Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Klanghaus: The performance art party presenter hosts an evening of film screenings and live music curated in collaboration with Victoria Perenyi. [7:30 p.m., Z Space, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Harvey Milk Day: In honor of the late gay rights leader’s birthday, San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum offers free admission and docent-led tours every hour on the hour. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Women and Islam: The Commonwealth Club presents a free panel, with Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of “The Muslim Next Door,” and Maha Elgenaidi, executive director of Islamic Networks Group, addressing: “What does it mean to be a Muslim woman?” [7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

iEngage conference: The series of panels and study sessions presented by Shalom Hartman Institute of North America explores “the legacy of the past and the future of modern Israel.” [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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