San Francisco: Places to go, people to see

Berlin-based violinist MinJung Kang reunites with Bay Area cellist Sarah Hong, her childhood friend, in “Double Play,” a concert of string duos. The concert is Friday at 8 p.m. at Old First Presbyterian Church, 1751 Sacramento St., San Francisco, Tickets are $12 to $15.

Call (415) 474-1608 or visit www.oldfirstconcerts.org

New dances

CounterPulse artists-in-residence Christy Funsch and Isak Immanuel present new dance pieces. Funsch’s “To Mifune” features a cowgirl’s journey to meet a samurai idol, inspired by the films of Akira Kurosawa. Immanuel’s “Illegal Echo” explores “outsider dance.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Counterpulse, 1310 Mission St., San Francisco. Tickets are $12 to $20.

Call (415) 626-2060 or visit www.counterpulse.org.

San Francisco Fringe Festival soon to start its 16th year

For a new, extraordinary theater experience on an appealingly modest (think intimate space) scale, nothing can beat the San Francisco Fringe Festival, now celebrating its 16th year. Dozens of shows on are the roster; they’re onstage at various small theaters, most near Union Square. The event starts Wednesday and runs through Sept. 15. For the full schedule, visit www.sffringe.org or for information, call (415) 673-3847. Meanwhile, here’s just a taste from the wide-ranging bill of fare:

“The Sewers” — Billed as a “tour de force by manipulation,” the show, presented by Banana Bag & Bodice, is about tiny village by the name of The Sewers that mysteriously appears one night in the theater. All the children are dead; there is an acid plant in a barn and a triangular shaped love tryst. It’s at the Garage, 975 Howard St. (at Sixth Street) at 8: 30 p.m. Wednesday through Sept. 14

“Super Glossy” — New York-based solo performance actress Courtney McLean’s show is a sci-fi satire on women’s magazines, complete with the editor’s and readers’ letters, ads for silly and unnecessary beauty products, horoscopes and “dos and don’ts.” It’s at Exit on Taylor Theatre, 277 Taylor St. at 8 p.m. Thursday; 4 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 16; 10 p.m. Sept. 11; 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

“Spotless” — Emily Morwen’s show weaves together the stories of three custodians at a hospital: Caroline, a teenage insomniac-hypochondriac trying to get to New York; Ernie, who lives with his mom and in love with a nurse, and Angie, who hides in her closet, looking at pictures of her dog. It’s also at Exit on Taylor, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sunday, Sept. 15; 4 p.m. Saturday; 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

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