The hilarious 1925 Harold Lloyd comedy “The Freshman” opens the San Francisco Silent Film Festival on Thursday at the Castro. (Courtesy San Francisco Silent Film Festival)

The hilarious 1925 Harold Lloyd comedy “The Freshman” opens the San Francisco Silent Film Festival on Thursday at the Castro. (Courtesy San Francisco Silent Film Festival)

May 31-June 1: SF Opera’s Rigoletto, SF Ballet School Student Showcase, Oscar Lopez Rivera Welcome, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Attractive Camp, Phil Hanley, Sarah Bush Dance Project, SF Silent Film Festival

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31

Rigoletto: San Francisco Opera opens its summer season with Verdi’s masterpiece featuring Hawaiian baritone Quinn Kelsey in the title role, Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze in her company debut as Gilda and New Zealand tenor Pene Pati in his role debut as the Duke of Mantua. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

S.F. Ballet School Student Showcase: Dancers-in-training perform works by Helgi Tomasson, Myles Thatcher, George Balanchine and choreographer trainee Blake Johnston at the annual event. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Blue Bottle: The upscale coffee purveyor opens a new Pacific Heights store with a “Friends and Family Day” with special offers. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2455 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Oscar López Rivera Welcome
: The Puerto Rican independence activist who recently was released after 35 years in prison appears at a fundraiser with musical guests John Santos, Rico Pabón and Quenepas. [5:30 p.m. (reception); 7 p.m. (program), First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana Ave., Berkeley]

Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Director Phil Kaufman appears in conversation with critic David Thomson at a screening of his 1978 remake of the 1956 sci-fi flick about an alien invasion, set in San Francisco, starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy and Jeff Goldblum. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Attractive Camp: The comedy show features standup up by Nicole Calasich, Francesca Fiorentini, Jesse Hett, Ben Feldman, Mary Van Note, Emily Van Dyke and Sean McKenzie. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Phil Hanley: The Vancouver- and New York-based comedian known for his “unpredictably reflective,” sharp and accurate style, opens a four-night standup gig. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Sarah Bush Dance Project: The Oakland-based contemporary troupe presents “Rocked by Women” — a hybrid work paying tribute to “the women who rock us” — on a bill with New York-based Erica Essner Performance Co-Op. [8 p.m., Firehouse, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


THURSDAY, JUNE 1


San Francisco Silent Film Festival
: The 22nd annual event begins with Harold Lloyd’s comedy “The Freshman,” with a new score written for the occasion performed by the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra; a 9 p.m. opening night party follows the screening at McRoskey Mattress Company. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Global Guitar Summit
: American scalloped fretboard guitar and world fusion music pioneer Matthew Montfort, master Italian guitarist and musicologist Giacomo Fiore and German fingerstyle guitarist Teja Gerken appear in a San Francisco International Arts Festival presentation. [3 p.m., Chapel, Fort Mason, near Bay and Franklin streets, S.F.]

Scaachi Koul: The BuzzFeed writer is promoting her funny debut essay collection, “One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter” in an appearance with fellow BuzzFeed-er Doree Shafrir, author the novel “Startup,” a parody of the tech industry. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

The Birthday Massacre: The Canadian electronic-Goth band’s new, seventh recording “Under Your Spell” is a “captivating hybrid of ‘80s, electronic and aggressive guitars, fused with dark, cinematic melodic progression.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Jason Anick & Jason Yeager: Violinist-mandolinist Anick and pianist Yeager celebrate their new album “United,” with its sound they call “jazz without borders.” [7:30 p.m., Savanna Jazz, 1189 Laurel St., San Carlos]

Drawing Water Standing Still
: The solo exhibition of recent films and photographs by acclaimed British artist Andy Goldsworthy marks the artist’s return to a city that has long played an important role in his creative development. [5:30 p.m., Haines Gallery, 49 Geary St., fifth floor, F.]

CCA Wattis Institute solo exhibitions: Patrick Jackson’s “Know Yer City,” a commissioned mixed-media installation by the Los Angeles–based artist, and Candy Jernigan’s “A Couple of Pencils and Some Paper,” featuring the late artist’s drawings and works on paper, open with a reception. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 360 Kansas St., S.F.]

Maureen McVerry: The cabaret performer appears for one night only in “Love Will Kick Your Ass,” a show about love in all its forms, with bassist Johnny Verry, percussionist Roberta Drake and pianist-musical director Dave Dobrusky. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Happyness: The award-winning South London trio, which specializes in lush, breezy indie rock, names Roxy Music, The Beach Boys, Randy Newman, Sonic Youth, Big Star and Pierre Cavalli as influences. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]
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