Sept. 18-19: Comedy Day, SF Beyond the Postcard, Palestine Cultural Day, Keith Harkin, Open Cockpit Day, Alexander String Quartet


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., Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

San Francisco Beyond the Postcard: The documentary celebrating The City, lovingly shot by French cinematographer-director-producer Christian Jeunet for a decade, screens; RSVP to required. [1 p.m., Kanbar Forum, Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.; RSVP:] gh

Palestine Cultural Day: The 39th annual event, sponsored by the Palestinian-American Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area, includes traditional foods and desserts, performances by the Dabke dance troupe and others, and community booths. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Hall of Flowers, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

India Unites For Animals: Demonstrators who are part of an international movement gather to demand new humane laws and strict enforcement for sake of animals in India. [3:30 to 6 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

Keith Harkin: The singer, songwriter, musician, surfer and road warrior — the Northern Ireland-born, Los Angeles transplant of Celtic Thunder fame — has been called the “Irish Jack Johnson.” [8 p.m., United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave., S.F.]

Open Cockpit Day: Visitors are invited to sit in famous aircraft including A-3 Skywarrior, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair, Harrier and Mig-15 at the third event. [Noon, Oakland Aviation Museum, 8252 Earhart Road, Oakland}

Hispanic Heritage Month at the S.F. Maritime National Historic Park: “Northbound: The Story of Cabrillo and His Venture into the Unknown of Alta California” describes the 16th century journey of Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. [3 p.m., aboard the Balclutha, Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St, S.F.}

Fiesta de Independencia: The free celebration of Latino Heritage Month includes authentic food, music, games and activities for the entire family. [1 to 7 p.m., Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa]

Alexander String Quartet: The Morrison Artists Series presents the ensemble playing works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven; a 2 p.m. talk accompanies the program. [3 p.m., McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University, 1756 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Porches: The project of synth artist Aaron Maine headlines the concert, also featuring Japanese Breakfast, headed by Michelle Zauner, who’s been compared to Bjork and Stevie Nicks. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Will Hoge: The Nashville-based Americana, alt country artist is promoting his 10th album “Small Town Dream.” [8 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]

California Symphony: The orchestra’s 30th season opens with Pulitzer Prize-winner Kevin Puts’ “Network,” Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G
and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 [4 p.m., Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

Mara Liasson: The National Public Radio chief political correspondent speaks on “A Citizen’s Guide to the 2016 Election.” [4 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Andy Z: The award-winning children’s performer appears with his Andyland Band in the final event of the Kidchella concert series. [11 a.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Jeff Adachi: San Francisco’s public defender, speaking on accountability and justice in The City, is the opening guest of the fall 2106 First Unitarian Universalist Sunday Forum series. [12:30 p.m., Thomas Starr King Room, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Strut Your Mutt: The one or two-mile walk (and pet-related festivities) raise funds for Best Friends Animal Society, which saves the lives of homeless dogs and cats. [Noon (registration), 1 p.m. (walk), Little Marina Green. 3699 Yacht Road, S.F.]

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions: Gabrielle Douglas, Nastia Liukin and members of the 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic gymnastics teams show display their amazing skill and strength. [6 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]


Object Lessons-Art & Its Histories: The new exhibit, which represents the most significant re-imagining of the museum’s permanent collection galleries in many years, spans the history of Western art from antiquity to the mid-20th century and coincides with the survey course “Introduction to the Visual Arts.” [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University]

CFM: Best known as the guitarist in Fuzz or his roles in the Ty Segall Band and GØGGS, the musician appears with his new solo project, named for the initials of his full name, Charles Francis Moothart II; punk bands Scraper and Beast open. [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, Polk St., S.F.]

Gary Shapiro, Andy Grignon: Shapiro, president of the Consumer Technology Association and Grignon, a lead engineer on the iPhone development, speak in a SF New Tech presentation, “Welcome to the Future.” [5:30 p.m., Covo, 981 Mission St., S.F.]

Reese Erlich: The Peabody Award-winning journalist speaks about issues covered in his book “Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect.” [1 p.m., Kalmanovitz Hall, Room #111, University of San Francisco. 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Bach & Beer: Internationally-recognized cellist Steuart Pincombe plays three Bach cello suites, paired with three brews. [7 p.m., Harmonic Brewing Company, 1050 26th St., S.F.]

Joseph Fink. Jeffrey Cranor: The creators of popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” appear in conversation with Mallory Ortberg at the ticketed event. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Doubleclicks: Sisters Angela and Aubrey Webber sing geeky songs about cats and Doctor Who. [7 p.m., Endgame, 921 Washington St., Oakland]

Bloc Party: The English indie rock band, which has a new rhythm section and “fresh batch of digital tricks” is promoting its fifth studio album, “Hymns.” [8 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

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