Cynthia Bailey, from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is among the subjects in Jason Mecier’s portrait show at Pancho Villa Taqueria. (Courtesy Jason Mecier)

Cynthia Bailey, from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is among the subjects in Jason Mecier’s portrait show at Pancho Villa Taqueria. (Courtesy Jason Mecier)

May 29-30: Real Housewives of Pancho Villa, Dr. Robert Pearl, Louis Katz, Amy Goldstein, Alvon Johnson, Thais Derich, Yardbirds, Doree Shafrir


The Real Housewives of Pancho Villa
: San Francisco artist Jason Mecier, who works in pasta and other found objects on his portraits, opens his “bean and noodle art show” featuring reality TV stars at a Taco Tuesday reception. [6 to 7 p.m., Pancho Villa Taqueria, 3071 16th St., S.F.]

Dr. Robert Pearl
: The Kaiser Permanente medical chief, author of “Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care–And Why We’re Usually Wrong” speaks on “getting the mistakes out of health care.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Louis Katz: The comic, whose act mixes high- and low-brow material, says on his website, “Louis Katz is your mother’s favorite comedian.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Amy Goldstein: The Washington Post writer’s “Janesville: An American Story” describes the fallout from the closing of a General Motors’ assembly plant in Wisconsin; she appears in conversation with UC Berkeley sociology professor Arlie Russell, author of “Strangers in Their Own Land.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Alvon Johnson: The blues guitar great was formerly a vocalist with the award-winning band, The Coasters. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Thais Derich: The California writer discusses her book “Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth After a Cesarean,” which is based on her personal experience. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Bombs Away-Humor Goes to War: It’s nearly the last day to view the exhibit of vintage newspaper cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit & Humor, which reveal “the spirit of those at war and the people they left behind on the home front.” [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery, sixth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Yardbirds: The 1960s English rockers known for “For Your Love” open Yoshi’s “Summertime Blues” series. [8 p.m., 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Kano + Abe: The PlayGround Festival of New Works presentation by Ignacio Zulueta is billed as “a Daly City Bible story,” about a soldier on the run who enters the shadow world of his undocumented brother. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]


Doree Shafrir: The senior culture writer at BuzzFeed is promoting her funny debut novel “Startup.” [6 p.m., Madewell, San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Samantha Walravens: The author of “Geek Girl Rising” discusses breaking the glass ceiling in tech with executives and engineers Maci Peterson, Aparna Pujar and Samara Trilling. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Eichler Homes-Modernism for the Masses: Designer Lucile Glessner presents a talk called “Sustainable Solutions & Materials for the Built Environment” in connection with the exhibition about famed architect Joseph Eichler’s impact on the Bay Area. [7 p.m., Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Rococode: The Vancouver-based synth-pop duo (Andrew Braun and Laura Smith), which infuses “hook-filled songs with lush textures and duet vocals,” opens for alt-rock Battle Tapes, about which one critic wrote, sounds like “Trent Reznor and Daft Punk went on a cocaine fueled party binge in Los Angeles.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Jayme Stone’s Folklife
: The banjo artist, composer and historian is joined by Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson and Tristan Clarridge in a concert of spirituals, calypsos and Appalachian tunes originally discovered by musicologist Alan Lomax. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

SF Documentary Film Festival: The 16th annual, two-week event kicks off with a sold-out screening of director Corbett Redford’s definitive “Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk,” followed by a 9 p.m., separately ticketed party at DNA Lounge. [7 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]

Pop-Up Magazine: The evening of live journalism features cutting-edge writers Rachel Monroe, Lu Olkowski, Sandra Allen, Fazeelat Aslam, Karen Duffin, Tabitha Soren, Yassir Lester, Jon Ronson and Gillian Laub. [7:30 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Grandeur: MacArthur “Genius” award winner Han Ong’s new play starring Carl Lumbly, which imagines a meeting between an ambitious young journalist and the “shape-shifting music legend” Gil Scott-Heron, begins preview performances. [8 p.m., Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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