Peter Nicks, director of “The Waiting Room” and “The Force,” introduces a 7 p.m. screening at the Roxie of Frederick Wiseman’s controversial 1967 documentary “Titicut Follies,” which goes behind the scenes at an insane asylum. (Courtesy photo)

May 24-25: Titicut Follies, Jagwar Ma, This Is Not a Gun, Redwood City in Bloom, Proximity, Susan Wojcicki, Tom Nichols, Robert Hawkins, Claire Dederer, Hoops


Civil Rights Inside the Asylum: The film program includes the 1967 Belgian romp, “Who’s Crazy?” with a soundtrack by the Ornette Coleman, preceded by a 50th anniversary presentation of Frederick Wiseman’s “Titicut Follies,” which explores abuse at a Massachusetts institution for the criminally insane and was banned until 1991. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Jagwar Ma: The Popscene show features the Australian psych-dance group, with guitarist-vocalist Gabriel Winterfield, beatmaker Jono Ma and bassist Jack Freeman; NVO and DJ Aaron Axelsen also are on the bill. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

This is Not a Gun: The Tenderloin Museum’s closing reception for the exhibit of wood replicas of common objects mistaken by police as weapons that resulted in police shootings includes an art-making workshop and community dialogue. [6 to 8 p.m., 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Redwood City in Bloom: The recently opened San Mateo County Historical Museum exhibition showcases photos depicting the historic floral industry that once characterized the community. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Proximity: Taylor Steele’s latest surf film starring Kelly Slater and John John Florence premieres at a screening with prize giveaways from TGR and Mollusk Surf Shop. [7 and 9 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Susan Wojcicki: The CEO of YouTube appears in conversation with Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls Code, presented by the Commonwealth Club. [7 p.m., Mediterranean Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Cabana, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Tom Nichols: The CNN and BBC commentator and Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College speaks on the topic “Fake News: What can be done?” with political analyst Melissa Caen. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Robert Hawkins: The veteran standup comic, whose resume includes writing for the defunct sitcom “Titus,” opens four-night gig. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Claire Dederer: The author appears in conversation with Peggy Orenstein about her memoir, “Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning,” a “wry, raw, and honest” book about womanhood. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Hoops: The Indiana band’s debut full-length “Routines” is “full of hyper-melodic songs, built around power-pop chords, deceptively complex drum patterns, and rock-anthem sentiments.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Gugu Drum: Among the opening night acts of the 11-day San Francisco International Arts Festival, this award winning ensemble from Shanghai offers a “theatrical drama told through the unique language of drums.” [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Genetically Modified Organisms: Experts from Pesticide Action Network and Monsanto are among the panelists in the session covering facts, science and the truth about eating and labeling GMO foods. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Rodriguez: The obscure 1970s singer-songwriter from Detroit whose story came to light in the movie “Searching For Sugar Man” headlines a show with indie soul artist Arum Rae, who counts Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone as influences. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Mother Mother: The Vancouver indie synth-rock band’s new album “No Culture” posits that “society uses negative byproducts of culture — such as narcissism, hedonism and addiction — as a means to nurture its fears of the unknown.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Hard to Believe: David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State, introduces the award-winning film, which examines the issue of forced live organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience, and the response, or lack of it, around the world. [7 p.m., Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Circo Hermanos Caballero: The family show, of comedy and circus acts including “amazing” trapeze artists — and no animals — opens a five-day run. [7:30 p.m., behind JC Penney, Shops at Tanforan, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

The Right to be Believed: Flyaway Productions’ free, outdoor site-specific dance by Jo Kreiter — which illustrates how public space must be a “proving ground for women to be taken seriously in the nation’s collective imagination” — opens a 12-performance run. [8:30 and 9:30 p.m., Outdoor wall, UC Hastings College of the Law, 333 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

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