May 3-4: Ronn Vigh’s Gay Bash, Allison Gilbert, Ali Eteraz, Fear Factory, Flyaway Productions, ATwater Tavern, Bass Coast Music Festival

TUESDAY, MAY 3

Ronn Vigh’s Gay Bash: The comedy writer and producer of the long-running “Harvey’s Funny Tuesdays” in the Castro is back with a gay and gay-friendly stand up comedy series, hosting Marga Gomez, Zach Towers, Natasha Muse, Matt Lieb and Karinda Dobbins this month. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

ATwater Tavern: A new waterfront eatery near the ball park — headed by chef James Versfelt and serving a San Francisco-inspired menu with classic seafood options (raw bar, Crab Louie, cioppino, steamed mussels) and dishes cooked over a wood-fired Santa Maria grill — opens. [5 to 10 p.m., 295 Terry A Francois Blvd., S.F.]

Ali Eteraz: The author launches “Native Believer,” his debut novel that’s an “uproarious, explosive look at one man’s search for identity in an America disfigured by the war on terror.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Allison Gilbert: The former TV news producer and author discusses her new book “Passed and Present: Keeping Memories of Loved Ones Alive.” a “how-to manual” offering readers 85 ways to celebrate and honor family and friends they don’t want to forget. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Almond Garden: A show of evocative photographs by Gabriela Maj, which sheds light on women in Afghanistan who have been imprisoned for “moral crimes,” opens with a reception and talk by the artist. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, S.F.]

Fear Factory: The 20-year-old metal band from Los Angeles headlines a show also featuring Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork, Omnikage and Spades and Blades. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.}

Aerial dance performance: Flyaway Productions, a troupe presenting off-the-ground dances exposing the power of female physicality, premieres the celebratory piece, “Archives and Outcries: California’s Unconventional Women Tell their Stories.” [2:15, 3:30 and 5:45 p.m., Plaza, J. Paul Leonard Library, SFSU, 1630 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Bass Coast Music Festival: Soundpieces presents the club show, with appearances by The Librarian, Mat The Alien, Baht and Moniker. [10 p.m., Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer” — whose new non-fiction book “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War” addresses similar themes as his award-winning superb novel — appears in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sarah Cahill: Described by the New York Times as “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde,” the musician performs works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Carl Nielsen, John Bull, François Couperin and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. [6:30 p.m, Hotel Rex, St., 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Rooney: Headed by Robert Schwartzman, the Los Angeles power pop, alt-rock band’s new single is “My Heart Beats 4 U.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Banta: Co-headlining with San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Andrew St. James, the Los Angeles indie rock quintet is promoting the album “Dark Charms,” its title song likened by one critic to a “Fleetwood Mac B-side.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

End Game-Tipping Point for Planet Earth: Biologists Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly discuss their book, which addresses the impending, life-threatening scarcity of clean water and steady energy supplies on the planet. [7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Jane Hamilton: The author of “The Excellent Lombards,” which one reviewer called a “richly characterized, heartbreakingly poignant” coming-of-age tale of a girl growing up on her family’s apple orchard, appears in conversation with Joyce Maynard. [1 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Daniel Martin Moore: One critic said of the Kentucky-based singer-songwriter’s new recording “Golden Age”: “Another sublime set of unassuming yet subtly majestic piano-led folk-pop gems that blur the lines between morning dew reverie and rainy evening melancholy.” [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The ensemble performs Stravinsky’s ballet classic “Apollon musagète” and the premiere of the commission “Dance Suite” by composer Jennifer Higdon in a ticketed rehearsal open to the public. [10 a.m., Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page St., S.F.]

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