A piece by Oscar Tidd/Political Animal Group is in the opening night lineup of the 25th West Wave Dance Festival, running Sept. 14-18 at Z Space. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

Sept. 14-15: West Wave Dance Festival, G Dan Mitchell, Daniel J. Levitin, Snowden, McNair Evans, Kenny Washington, Michael O’Neill

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14

West Wave Dance Festival: The five-day program ”25 Artists for 25 Years” featuring 25 world premieres opens with performances by Deborah Karp Dance Project, Lindsey Renee Derry/Linsdans, Nell Suttles, Oscar Tidd/Political Animal Group and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Ensemble. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

G Dan Mitchell: The author and nature photographer shows slides and signs copies of his book, “California’s Fall Color: A Photographer’s Guide to Autumn in the Sierra.” [7 p.m., REI, 840 Brannan St., S.F.]

Daniel J. Levitin: The neuroscientist, musician and bestselling author of “The Organized Mind” speaks about his new book, “A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age.” [7:30 p.m. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Snowden: A sneak preview screening of the movie about the CIA employee who famously leaked classified information to the media is accompanied by a live conversation with Edward Snowden and filmmaker Oliver Stone. [7:30 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

McNair Evans: The Guggenheim Fellow speaks about “In Search of Great Men,” his photo exhibit in which he documented two-week long train trips he took, crisscrossing the country on Amtrak’s passenger routes. [Noon, City Hall, North Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

King Charles III: American Conservatory Theater opens its production of Mike Bartlett’s contemporary play, which imagines what might happen when Prince Charles becomes King of England, with a preview performance. [8 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Root Connection-20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection: The exhibition of the iconic 1970s artist’s materials — including poetry, music and photography never before on view — opens with a reception. [6 p.m., Mills College Art Museum, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland]

Jeff Chang: The Standford University educator and American Book Award winner for his history of the early days of hip hop appears with Rebecca Solnit to discuss his new volume of essays, “We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

THURSDAY, SEPT. 15

Kenny Washington, Michael O’Neill: The great local jazz team — vocalist Washington and saxophonist O’Neill — play evocative standards on their 2014 album “New Beginnings.” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Natural History: The group exhibition, which transforms the Creativity Explored gallery into a miniature museum complete with bone sculptures and a diorama, opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Science, Love and Revolution: UK and BBC Slam Poetry champion David Lee Morgan appears in a San Francisco Fringe Festival show of spoken word pieces developed through performances in London immediately following the Arab Spring. [7 p.m., EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Chapter One-The Kiteboarding Legacy Begins: The world premiere of the first feature-length kiteboarding movie (which features Sir Richard Branson and takes viewers on a spectacular international journey), screens, with a reception and after-party. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Doug Gist: The author of “When San Francisco Burned” presents its rare photographs, taken of the 1906 earthquake and fire by Louis P. Selby, which had been hidden in a family album and unseen by the public for decades. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Vandella: The San Francisco band, whose influences include Fleetwood Mac and Band of Horses, plays an EP release concert, opening for San Francisco indie rock, alt-country singer-songwriter Travis Hayes. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Adam Ruins Everything Live! Tour: Adam Conover, host of TV’s comedic “Adam Ruins Everything,” in which he reveals “hidden truths” about everyday things, takes on the presidential election in his live show. [8 p.m., Lodge at Regency, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

White Guy on the Bus: Aluminous theater company presents the West Coast premiere of the play by Bruce Graham, which examines the question of why a wealthy white business executive routinely rides the bus through a struggling black neighborhood. [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

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