John Charles Quimpo, left, and Justin Genna appear in Theatre Rhino’s “The Boy from Oz.” (Courtesy David Wilson)

John Charles Quimpo, left, and Justin Genna appear in Theatre Rhino’s “The Boy from Oz.” (Courtesy David Wilson)

Nov. 14-15: Boy from Oz, Van Morrison, Alison Hart, John Rothmann, Joan Baez, Homelessness: Can We Solve It?, Bayview Community Tree Lighting, Presidio Demolition Day, Working Girls, Viet Nguyen, An-My Le, Nathan Englander


The Boy from Oz
: Theatre Rhinoceros’ production of the musical biography of Australian gay icon Peter Allen (of “I Go to Rio” fame and more) is in its final week. [8 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Van Morrison: The inimitable Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist opens a two-night engagement, joined by his daughter Shana Morrison. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Alison Hart: The Bay Area writer shares her novel “Mostly White,” a saga of four generations of mixed-race African American, Native American and Irish women, who ultimately heal and triumph, despite years of facing trauma. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village Palo Alto]

John Rothmann: The grandson of the couple that built the historic Haas-Lilienthal House in Pacific Heights speaks about his late mother Frances Bransten Rothmann’s book, “The Haas Sisters of Franklin Street: A San Francisco Memoir of Family, Sisterhood, and Love.” [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

This Will Destroy You: The experimental band from Texas led by Jeremy Galindo and Chris King (also known for film scoring) headlines a concert with Clarice Jensen. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]


Joan Baez: The iconic folk singer, who released the acclaimed album “Whistle Down the Wind” in 2018, is on her Fare Thee Well Tour. [8 p.m. Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Homelessness-Can We Solve It?: Tipping Point, the San Francisco nonprofit fighting poverty, hosts the discussion, with civic and community leaders and activists Del Seymour, Dr. Margot Kushel, Tomiquia Moss, Amber Twitchell and Brian Blalock. [7 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Bayview Community Tree Lighting: The seventh annual free event serves up music, holiday cheer, arts and crafts activities, s’mores roasting, local food and craft vendors and a 6 p.m. ceremony. [5 to 8 p.m., Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Presidio Demolition Day: The public is invited to watch the all-day demolition of the former Army-era Burger King, to make way for Presidio Tunnel Tops, a new national park; remarks precede the first blow. [8:30 a.m., 211 Lincoln Blvd., S.F.]

Working Girls-An American Brothel, Circa 1892: An exhibit of rare, never-before-seen photographs of 19th century prostitution by William Goldman, which runs through Dec. 9, opens. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Serge Sorokko Gallery, 345 Sutter St., S.F.]

Viet Nguyen, An-My Le: On the 50th anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front student-led strike at San Francisco State University, the MacArthur Fellows discuss development of Vietnamese American arts and humanities studies. [7 p.m., SF State Annex, 1 North State St., S.F.]

Ghost: The Grammy-winning Swedish rock-pop band known for eclectic, theatrical stage shows, is on its “A Pale Tour Named Death.” [8 p.m., City National Civic, 135 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Nathan Englander: The award-winning New York writer speaks about his new novel “Dinner at the Center of the Earth,” a political thriller set against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which NPR called a “brutal, beautiful masterpiece.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Korpiklaani: The prolific Finnish “folk metal” band released its 10th album “Kulkija” (“Wanderer”) in 2018. [7 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Les mamelles de Tiresias: San Francisco Conservatory of Music presents Poulenc’s comic opera “The Breasts of Tiresias, a farce touching issues surrounding gender equality, economics, culture and war. [7:30 p.m., Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

The Living Earth Show: The contemporary chamber ensemble’s “American Music” concert — with pieces for guitar, drums, electronics, toothbrushes, Jell-O and cast iron sink — investigates the responsibility of “American” identity in shaping musical language and “dragging the classical tradition into the future.” [8 p.m., ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Ross From Friends:
British producer Felix Clary Weatherall plays from his debut “Family Portrait.” [10 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folson St., S.F.]

Why:?: The alt-hip hop and indie rock band is playing the acclaimed album “Alopecia” in its entirety to celebrate its 10th anniversary in a sold-out show. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

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