Sept. 16-17: Space Program-Europa, Legacy Film Festival on Aging, Little Shop of Horrors, It Came from Fukushima, Lucie Arnaz, Speechless Marathon


Space Program-Europa: Sculptor Tom Sachs transforms Yerba Buena Center for the Arts galleries into a launch pad for a maiden voyage to Europa, Jupiter’s icy moon, in the exhibit, which opens with a party. [7 to 11 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Legacy Film Festival on Aging: The sixth annual, three-day event opens with three documentaries, including “A New Color: The Art of Being Edythe Boone,” the inspiring story of a 78-year-old African-American artist who teaches art to middle-schoolers and Richmond seniors.[5:30 p.m., New People, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Little Shop of Horrors: Ray of Light Theatre opens its production of the popular musical about a meek floral assistant who stumbles across a new breed of plant: a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

It Came from Fukushima: The S.F. Fringe Festival show, blending noir, sci-fi and monster movie styles, is a multimedia comedy about a down-on-his-luck detective who stumbles onto a conspiracy which can destroy humanity. [7:30 p.m. PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Hey, Hey LBJ: David Kleinberg appears in a Fringe Festival performance of his hit solo show about his year as an army combat correspondent in Vietnam. [8:30 p.m., EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy St., S.F.}

Lucie Arnaz: The stage and screen star, celebrating 50 years in show business, sings pop songs, Broadway tunes, American standards and hot Latin numbers in her cabaret act. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Pablo D’Antoni: The San Francisco Art Institute lecture series hosts the artist and conservator in Europe who discusses how his alternative career, highly linked to painting, allows his art practice to grow. {4:30 p.m., S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

The Walcotts: The Los-Angele-based Americana band blends male-female vocal harmonies with horns, pedal-steel, fiddle and piano. [9:30 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Art of Dying: Vancouver’s “hardest working” hard rockers headline a show with Children 18:3 and Letters From the Fire. [7:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Bluegrass Bonanza: The every third Friday showcase features Edgewood Mountain Boys and Trout Hound. [9:30 p.m., Plough & Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F.]

Joe Louis Walker: The 2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee is a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]


Speechless Marathon: The San Francisco Improv Festival and Speechless, the hit comedy show that pokes fun at PowerPoint, host a 24-hour festival of fake PowerPoint presentations to which the Guinness World Records has been invited. [8 p.m., HERE Collective, 903 Alabama St., S.F.]

Bayview Opera House Re-opening: Following a two-year closure for repairs, the building opens with a community bash featuring PUSH Dance Company’s “Point Shipyard,” Fely Tchaco, Seastrunk Brothers, Sons of Ruth Williams, poetry, dancing, refreshments, carnival games and more. [2 to 8 p.m., 4705 Third St., S.F.]

Quaresma House: The historically significant home built in the 1920s in Fremont’s Mission San Jose District hosts a re-opening celebration following a full restoration. [1 to 4 p.m., 42425 Mission Blvd., Fremont].

Elizabeth Collins: The comedian, who’s been compared to David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell, appears in a Fringe Festival performance “Raised by Gays and Turned Out OK.“ [7:30 p.m. EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Peace in the Park Festival: The free, fourth annual, alcohol- and meat-free event includes world music, visual artists, tai chi, hatha yoga, life-enhancing seminars, kids activities and meditation. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Odd Man Out with Marty Nemko: In a music and storytelling show, the Bay Area career coach and KALW radio host addresses the feeling of not fitting, joined by guests Barbara Nemko and Daniela Beem. [3 to 5 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Rancho Day Fiesta: The Sanchez Adobe Historic Site (devoted to exploring 19th century California culture) breaks ground on a $1.57 million improvement project at its annual celebration, which includes period music, dancing and crafts projects. [1 to 4 p.m., 1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

New Esterházy Quartet: The chamber group explores connections between Mozart and Haydn in “Padre, Guida, ed Amico!” [4 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Chapel, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Sadie Barnette: The Oakland born-and-raised artist opens “From Here,” a collection of drawings, collage, photography and found objects that “explores the abstraction of urban space and the transcendence of the mundane to the imaginative” with a reception. [2 to 4 p.m., Jenkins-Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter St., S.F.]

The Little Mermaid: Palo Alto Players open their musical production based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story and Disney movie. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Harm(onic) Reduction Festival: The concert, a benefit for organizations working to stop human trafficking, features Blackalicious, Del The Funky Homosapien, Jel of Anticon, Foxtails Brigade, Foreign Legion, Cougar on a Meth Binge, Beerwine King and a DJ set by Tuneyards. [Noon to 7 p.m., Franklin and 19th streets, Oakland]

SF Cheese Fest: The second annual event, a benefit for the California Artisan Cheese Guild with the theme “Preservation: Salt, Sugar, Culture and Tradition,” offers patrons the opportunity to taste their way through dozens of artisan cheeses. [6 to 9 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

San Francisco Flamenco Dance Company: “Mares: Myths, Migrations and the Mothers of Flamenco” is a performance presented by Kerensa DeMars and inspired by controversial female flamenco artists of the 20th century who are known for breaking tradition. [8 p.m. Saturday, Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Local Natives: The California indie band has a sound that’s been called “afropop-influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies”; Toronto soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson opens. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Strawberry Alarm Clock: The psych rock band is best known for the 1967 hit “Incense and Peppermints.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Xenia Rubinos: The vocalist-composer’s music is influenced by R&B, hip-hop, Caribbean and jazz and delivered with a soulful punk aura. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Beyoncé: The R&B star brings her Formation World Tour back to the South Bay. [7:30 p.m., Levi’s Stadium, 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way, Santa Clara]

Goaepele: The Oakland-born R&B singer also is known for her humanitarian efforts. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Sound Summit: Wilco headlines the benefit for Mount Tamalpais State Park, which also features Los Lobos, Bill Frisell and the Stone Foxes. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mountain Theatre, Ridgecrest Boulevard, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Marin County]

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