San Francisco: Places to go, people to see

SF Shorts celebrates the rebellious nature at the heart of all great filmmaking.

The festival, which opens today and runs through Saturday, screens a wide mix of genres. The movies — from four to 35 minutes long — are categorized by themes: “A Tragedy Called Love,” “Giveth and Stealeth,” “But a Good Crazy,” “The Burning Truth,” “Mobility,” and others.

More than 60 films are being shown. Screenings are at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St. and the Red Vic Movie House, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco. Most programs are $10.

There’s a kickoff event at 8 p.m. today at the Victoria, with music by Felonious. Visit www.sfshorts.org for details.

IN COMMAND

The Commander Cody Band, born in the 1960s as Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, performs. The group’s sound is a no-frills mix of stripped-down rock and roll, R&B and gritty country-rock. Shows are Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. at Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco. Tickets are $15.

Call (415) 292-2583 or visit www.biscuitsandblues.com.

SOUNDS OF BARCELONA

Seattle’s melodic, piano-driven rock quartet Barcelona is on tour supporting its debut disc, titled “Absolutes.” The band plays on a bill with Lost Ocean and Ezra Furman & the Harpoons at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hotel Utah Saloon, 504 Fourth St, S.F. Tickets are $6.

Call (415) 495-0617 or visit www.thehotelutahsaloon.com.

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