Blackwell appears in the provocative and funny solo show “They, Themself and Schmerm” at Z Below. (Courtesy George Maracineanu)

Blackwell appears in the provocative and funny solo show “They, Themself and Schmerm” at Z Below. (Courtesy George Maracineanu)

Sept. 18-19: They, Themself and Schmerm, About Alice, Venom Inc., Peter Brotzmann, Joyce Maynard, LVL UP, Textile Arts of Mindanao, Ruth B


MONDAY, SEPT. 18

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.]

About Alice: City Arts & Lectures presents a reading of the two-character play the New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin adapted from the book he wrote about his late wife, educator Alice Stewart Trillin, with a cast to be announced. [6 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Venom Inc: The English metal band, which reunites members from Venom’s “Prime Evil” era, headlines the Bloodstained Earth tour with Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence. [7 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th 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.]


TUESDAY, SEPT. 19

Ruth B: The Canadian singer received a Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, a BMI Pop Award for her viral hit “Lost Boy” and three-and-a half-star-rating from Rolling Stone for her debut album “Safe Haven.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Harry Styles: The One Direction heartthrob plays a sold-out show on his tour following the release of his first major solo album. 7 p.m. Sept. 19. $60-$100. Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Michael Chabon: City Arts & Lectures hosts the Pulitzer Prize-winning Bay Area author, whose latest book “Moonglow,” based on stories he was told by his ailing grandfather during a visit in 1989, is “part novel, part memoir.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lupin the 3rd-The Castle of Cagliostro
: The debut film by master animator Hayao Miyazaki screens, in a presentation with previously unseen footage, creator comments and an introduction from Pixar’s John Lasseter. [7 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

Architecture Tour
: East Cut Community Benefit District hosts a behind-the-scenes walking tour of the district’s most iconic landmarks with East Cut resident Jeffrey Heller, founder of San Francisco’s Heller Manus Architects; tickets are $100 to benefit Downtown Streets Team, which assists homeless people. [3 p.m., open space adjacent to 555 Mission St., S.F.]

Cultural Equity, Diversity and Artistry in Casting: Theatre Bay Area hosts a forum with actors, directors, playwrights, and an attorney versed in employment and entertainment law who discussing complexities of equity, artistic license and legalities in making casting choices. [7 p.m., Osher Studio, Bay Area Children’s 2055 Center St., Berkeley]

Maya, Olmec & Aztec Hieroglyphs Crafts: The San Francisco Public Library’s Viva! Hispanic Heritage Month session offers children and adults the opportunity to make a clay plaque as a wall hanging with animal hieroglyphs. [1:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Rooted In Peace: The socially-conscious, environmentally-based follows filmmaker Greg Reitman as he speaks to varied leaders — including David Lynch, Deepak Chopra, Pete Seeger, Ted Turner and Desmond Tutu — addressing sustainable development and challenges of never-ending war. [7 p.m., Landmark Embarcadero, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

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