“Metamorphic,” an exhibition by Icelandic artist Katrín Sigurdardóttir, is view at the San Francisco Art Institute through September. (Courtesy Marco David)

“Metamorphic,” an exhibition by Icelandic artist Katrín Sigurdardóttir, is view at the San Francisco Art Institute through September. (Courtesy Marco David)

May 23-24: Metamorphic, Willie Brown, China Miéville, Science Speakeasy, Mat Callahan, Gabriel Thompson, SF State Senior Design Show, Tommy Caldwell


Katrín Sigurdardóttir: In her new exhibition of sculptures and installations called “Metamorphic,” the San Francisco Art Institute alum and artist-in-residence “explores the way objects, structures and spaces define perception.” [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Walter and McBean Galleries, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Willie Brown
: The former San Francisco mayor appears in his annual Commonwealth Club lecture, which is sold out. [6:30 p.m., 555 Post St., S.F.]

China Miéville: The award-winning writer — known for both fantasy and nonfiction — speaks about “October: The Story of the Russian Revolution,” which offers his new take on history-making events at their centennial. [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Senior Design Show 2017: Work by graduating and recently graduated design seniors — with a focus on apparel, interior, product and visual communication — is on view through May 25. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Design Gallery, Fine Arts Building, Room 115, S.F. State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Science Speakeasy: In “Out of this World-From Caves to Space,” hosted by Leakey Foundation, speakers discuss humanity’s past and future, as well as what it’s like to conduct research in the most extreme conditions. [6 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Depth Charge concert: The heavy rock ‘n’ roll lineup includes Wolfpack, from Australia, Dealer, Blind Illusion (the band from the ’80s featuring Harald from D.R.I.) and D.J. Bleeding Priest (Will Carroll from Death Angel). [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy Allstars: David Naimyar hosts the evening of standup. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Mat Callahan
: The native San Franciscan talks about his new title, “The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Gabriel Thompson: The editor and award-winning journalist speaks about “Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture,” with one of the book’s narrators, Oscar Ramos, who grew up in a family of migrant farmworkers and is now a teacher in East Salinas. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]


Tommy Caldwell: The rock climber — who, with his partner Kevin Jorgeson, was the first to climb the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite without ropes — speaks about his memoir, “The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits Patagonia.” [7 p.m., Patagonia, 770 North Point St., S.F.]

: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the indie duo of Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker, who are joined by drummer Miles Wintner on their second recording “Powerplant.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

David Brazil: The Occupy Oakland activist and unorthodox pastor celebrates his new poetry book “Holy Ghost” in conversation with poet Julien Poirier. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

No Human Involved: The San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival presents a free screening of the film by PJ Starr, subtitled “Sex Workers and the Prison Industrial Complex,” which explores the case of a woman who died while she was in the custody of the Arizona prison system for prostitution. [1 p.m., City Hall, Room 305, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

As You Like It: California Shakespeare Theater opens its 43rd season with a preview performance of Shakespeare’s gender-bending comedy, an “all new” production re-imagined by director Desdemona Chiang. [8 p.m., Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda]

LAUV: The Los Angeles-based producer-songwriter, whose latest hit is “The Other,” is on his “late nights, deep talks” tour. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Mirror of Memory: Music of Remembrance’s commissioned multi-media work by American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian features San Francisco Opera mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Deborah Tannen: The linguistics professor and best-selling author speaks about her latest title, “You’re the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1495 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]
CalendarChina MiévilleGabriel ThompsonKatrín SigurdardóttirMat CallahanMetamorphicScience SpeakeasySF State Senior Design ShowTommy CaldwellWillie Brown

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