Oct. 4-7: Lenny Kravitz, Coco Montoya, SF Dance Film Festival, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, Parade of Ships, Alfredo Rodriguez, Melissa Manchester, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Rob Lowe


Lenny Kravitz: The performer, whose retro style incorporates rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk and ballads, is on his “Raise Vibration: tour. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Coco Montoya: The legendary blues-rock guitarist and vocalist’s latest Alligator Records album is “Hard Truth.” [7 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

The Fog of War: Thursdays at Noon, a free film series, screens the story of America seen through the eyes of Robert McNamara, secretary of defense under presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

San Francisco Dance Film Festival: The ninth annual program (running 11 days in five venues) opens with a fundraiser featuring the premiere of “Play Serious,” which follows Alexander Ekman as he creates the piece “Play” for Paris Opera Ballet. [7 p.m., Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Pather Panchali: SFFILM and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art program’s seventh season of Modern Cinema, called “Satyajit Ray: Intimate Universes,” begins with Ray’s debut 1955 masterpiece about a boy living in poverty in a small Bengali village. [6 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Sephardic Legacy: The evening of folk songs and stories from the Sephardi and Spanish diaspora features vocalist Rachel Valfer, dancer and choreographer Miriam Peretz and musicians Eliyahu Sills, Dan Cantrell and Faisal Zedan. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Sharktoberfest NightLife: California Academy of Sciences’ weekly after hours bash includes music, drinks and talks by shark experts Vicky Vasquez of Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” David McGuire, founder of Shark Stewards, and David A. Ebert, director of the Pacific Shark Research Center. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Dance Theatre of San Francisco: Opening a three-performance run, the contemporary troupe’s sixth season program includes a premiere by Sandrine Cassini, as well as works by Ben Needham-Wood, and Robert Dekkers & Vanessa Thiessen. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Parade of Ships: In the annual San Francisco Fleet Week event, U.S. Navy ships enter the San Francisco Bay under the Golden Gate Bridge, preceded by the S.F. Fire Department fireboat [11 a.m., Marina Green, 200 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Alfredo Rodríguez: The Grammy-nominated Cuban jazz pianist and composer opens the inaugural Concert with Conversation series in which musicians play and share information about their process. [6 p.m., Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F.[

Wakefield: 6NewPlays opens a two-week run of the work by Brian Thorstenson inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story of the same name — and beginning where it ends, when the husband, Henry Wakefield, returns home to his wife after a 20-year absence. [8 p.m., Studio 210, 3435 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Melissa Manchester: The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress appears in her new cabaret show “The Fellas.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Saint Sister: The band, with harmonizing Irish singers Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre fusing traditional Irish folk and minimalist electronica, has a new album “Shape of Silence.” [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Yumi Zouma: NoisePop presents the New Zealand synth-pop act — Christie Simpson, Sam Perry, Charlie Ryder and Josh Burgess — whose catchy new recording is “EP III.” [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Dierks Bentley: The country star released his latest album “The Mountain” in June; Brothers Osborne and Lanco open. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View]

The Comedy Incubator: Comedy Couch SF presents an evening of stand-up with Kip Fuller, Rose Hienz, Dan Linley and Cristina Payne. [7:30 p.m., Michael Collins Irish Bar, 1568 Haight St., S.F.]

Club Glee: The Tokyo-based choral group is known for its repertoire of audience pleasing pop songs, arranged by conductor Haruo Maruyama. [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Alonzo King LINES Ballet: The contemporary ballet company culminates its 35th anniversary season with a world premiere featuring live music by the Kronos Quartet. [ p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Max Richter: Cal Performances presents the electro-acoustic composer-pianist and American Contemporary Music Ensemble performing “Infra” and music from “The Leftovers.” [8 p.m. Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Waqa Vuidreketi: The Fijian artist opens “Coqa/Collisions” — an exhibit of artworks combining found materials, raw materials and paint — with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., International Art Museum of America, 1023 Market St., S.F.]

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Director Nicholas McGegan leads the period instrument group and voices in “Mozart Magnified.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
: Promoting their book “The Greatest Love Story Ever Told,” the funny TV stars reveal the story behind their romance in conversation with Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro. [8 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Rob Lowe: “Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live!” is the actor’s one-man show based on his best-selling memoirs, which examines “Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage, and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades.” [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Alkaline Trio: On its new ninth recording “Is This Thing Cursed,” members of the the punk band from Illinois recall their creative process of the early days, when the group rehearsed in a tiny apartment in the 1990s. [ 8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Ozzy Osbourne: The veteran metal star headlines Bone Bash XVIII with Stone Sour. [7:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

IllUM Art.Tech.Music: The multi-disciplinary event “celebrating transcendent creative energy in moving, living dimensions” includes electronic music, installation art, performances by principal dancers of San Francisco and LINES ballets, and food. [8 p.m., Midway, 900 Marin St., S.F.]

Girls’ Festival: WorldWideWomens host the third annual event for girls of all ages, featuring workshops, sports, competitions, performances and hands-on art, robotics, genetic, entrepreneurship, design and computer coding activities. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara]

Karen Solomon: The food preservation teacher and cook talks about “Cured Meat, Smoked Fish & Pickled Eggs,” a cookbook illustrating how to smoke, pickle, salt-cure, oil-cure and dehydrate food economically and at home. [11:30 a.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Naz Deravian: The actor, writer and award-winning blogger is promoting “Bottom of the Pot: Persian Recipes and Stories,” a book of stories and Middle Eastern recipes adapted for an American home kitchen. [3 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885 Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Nick Cannon Presents Wild ‘N Out Live
: Based on Cannon’s TV show, the evening of comedy includes IamZoie, Emmanuel Hudson, Justina Valentine, Conceited, Chico Bean, Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, DJ D-Wrek and Rip Michaels. [8 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

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