Oct. 2-3: Carolyn Shaw, Mi Gente Vota, Blessing of the Animals, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Nisi Shawl, APAture 2016, Yusef/Cat Stevens


Carolyn Shaw-A Journey With My Muse: The artist hosts a reception for the solo exhibit of works that illustrate her process of becoming a landscape painter. [2 to 4 p.m., Museum Studios Gallery, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame]

Mi Gente Vota!: The non-partisan art project aiming to involve the community in the electoral process hosts an “intervention” with screen printing, voter registration and information about ballot measures. [1 to 4 p.m., Galería de la Raza, Mission St., S.F]

Blessing of the Animals: Guests are invited to bring pets (or photographs) to the annual symbolic ritual, which continues the tradition of St. Francis of Assisi, The City’s namesake and patron of animals and the environment. [1 to 2 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: The final day of the 16th free extravaganza of mostly acoustic music features headliners T Bone Burnett, CAKE, Dropkick Murphys, Griffin House, Emmylou Harris, Allen Stone and Willie Watson. [Noon to 7 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Nisi Shawl: The science fiction writer signs copies of “Everfair,” a “neo-Victorian speculative history that explores what might have come of Belgium’s colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology earlier.” [2 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Comics & Illustration Showcase: Oakland-based poet and cartoonist Trinidad Escobar is featured as part of APAture 2016’s festival spotlighting artists representing Asian Pacific American cultures. [Noon to 5 p.m., S.F. Public Library, Hispanic/Latino room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

APAture 2016: The festival showcasing work by artists from Asian Pacific American backgrounds host a literary showcase with Jade Cho, who explores “diaspora, race, gender, ghosts and the intersections of power and privilege” in her work. [7 to 10 p.m., Arc Gallery & Studios, 1246 Folsom St., S.F.]

Cappella SF: Directed by Ragnar Bohlin, the professional vocal ensemble performs a concert titled “Immortal Fire: A Musical Tribute With Voices and Organ.” [4 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16th St., S.F.]

Tone Almhjell: The author of “Thornghost” talks about and signs copies of her new novel, a fantasy adventure novel for all ages. [1 p.m., Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 2454 Hyde St., S.F.]

Lieder Gala: Mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist George Fee perform “Lieder from the Great German Songbook from Schubert to Strauss.” [5 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]


Yusuf/Cat Stevens: The singer-songwriter and 1970s hitmaker, who abandoned pop music for decades, is playing his songs again on a rare tour, which benefits international relief efforts. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Katrina Goldsaito: The author of “Sound of Silence,” a tale of a boy who searches for an elusive but beautiful sound in the hustle-bustle of Tokyo, appears at a storytelling session with artist Julia Kuo and koto player Yoshio Saito. [9:45 a.m., Japanese Tea Garden, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Shortening-Making Irrational Rational: The installation by Nelson Saiers “incorporates properties of the number pi, prison vernacular, and NFL football jerseys to comment on irrationally long prison sentences given for minor, nonviolent drug offenses.” [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Industries Building, Alcatraz Island]

Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Transport: A panel of experts including representatives from Lyft and local transit agencies discuss possibilities and challenges as self-driving cars make their way to streets. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Elaine Miller Bond: The photographer launches “Running Wild,” her board book for tots that has pictures of animals and text encouraging youngsters to skip, dash, dive and run through the natural world. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Sir Robert Penrose: The English mathematical physicist and philosopher of science appears in conversation with astrophysicist Roger Blandford to promote his book “Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Blvd., Menlo Park]

Citizen Josh: Solo performer Josh Kornbluth’s new piece is about how he finished his requirements for an undergraduate degree by writing a monologue about the role of civility in public debate. [8 p.m., Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Looking Through the Lens: Subtitled “The Glory of San Francisco Opera, Past and Present” the free exhibit features 135 photographs from the Edward Paul Braby San Francisco Opera Archive collections. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m,, Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building, fourth floor, 401 Van Ness Ave.., S.F.]

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