Mark Pitta is among the acts appearing at the long running free Comedy Day, in the newly named Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park. (Courtesy photo)

Sept. 17-18: Comedy Day, Jim Gaffigan, Calligraphies in Conversation, Thomas Schultz, Venezuela on the Brink, Amit Peled, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Avishai Cohen


Comedy Day: Held annually since 1981, the free five-hour outdoor show features some 40 Bay Area comics and “a million laughs.” [Noon to 5 p.m., Robin Williams Meadow, 320 Bowling Green Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Jim Gaffigan: The standup comic is known for his clean material, deadpan delivery and show on TV Land. [7:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Once and Future Planet: The program, a “meditation on the environment, immigration, corporatization and the future of our relationship to the planet and each other” features Red Hen Press authors Florencia Ramirez, Pope Brock and Karen Gettert Shoemaker. [5 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Calligraphies in Conversation: The exhibition in the sixth floor Skylight Gallery exploring connections between calligraphy from different cultures opens with an artist’s presentation, curator tours and a reception. [1 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Urban Air Market: The outdoor design festival in Hayes Valley showcases offerings by 100 designers as well as offers live music and interactive art. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Patricia’s Green, Fell Street and Octavia Boulevard, S.F.]

Thomas Schultz: Old First concerts presents the pianist in a program of works by Franz Schubert and Hyo-shin Na. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Steven Spielberg’s classic celebrates its 35th anniversary with a remastered version and limited big-screen released. [2 and 7 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

Venezuela on the Brink
: Latin American Marxist scholar Bob Price sheds light on competing capitalist forces that have put the oil-rich country into free fall in a Freedom Socialist Party talk. [1 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

Amit Peled: The acclaimed Israeli cellist’s concert “Journey with my Jewishness” is an “exploration of faith and self-discovery.” [5:30 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Daryl Hall and John Oates: The 1980s hitmakers’ bill with Tears for Fears, postponed due to an emergency, hits the South Bay. [7 p.m., SAP Center, 515 W. Santa Clara St., S.F.]


Avishai Cohen: The Israeli-born trumpeter, whose soulfulness has been compared to Miles Davis, leading his quartet featuring pianist Yonathan Avishai, bassist Barak Mori and drummer Nasheet Waits. [8 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

They, Themself and Schmerm: The piece by Blackwell, a New York City-based trans actor, performer and writer, is “a disturbingly hilarious personal tale of being adopted into a Midwestern religious family, trained to be a girl, molested and plagued by the question, ‘How do I become a man and do I even want that?’” [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference: The two-day gathering of speakers and discussions offers opportunities to “reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality and justice.” [9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., SF State, J. Paul Leonard Library and Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Peter Brotzmann: (((folkYEAH!)) presents the avant garde jazz saxophonist on a bill with jazz drummer Donald Robinson. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Joyce Maynard
: The journalist and author of the memoir “The Best of Us” appears in Conversation with Dr. Lucy Kalanithi in a program addresses the loss of a loved one. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

LVL UP: The lofi pop act from New York on the Sub Pop label headlines a bill with Seattle-based pop act Duke York and Oakland experimental folk pop artist Stephen Steinbrink. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Weaving Peace and Dreams-Textile Arts of Mindanao: The Hinabi Project presents a show of traditional and ceremonial textile work from the various weaving communities in the island group of The Philippines. [8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mills Building and Tower, 220 Montgomery St. and 220 Bush St., S.F.]

Resistance is Fertile
: The third Monday-of-the-month comedy show is free; donations are accepted. [8 p.m., Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

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