“Dream,” a public installation by Ana Teresa Fernández commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, get its unveiling at Alemany Farmer’s Market. (Courtesy Gizmo Art Production/

Sept. 22-23: DREAM Unveiling, Oktoberfest By the Bay, Chanticleer, decker., Art Explosion Open Studios, Jim Caruso’s Cast Party, Back from Iraq, New Century Chamber Orchestra, Marcus Shelby Orchestra

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

DREAM Unveiling: Artist Ana Teresa Fernández and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts reps celebrate a new, huge hillside public art installation composed of shimmering 10-foot-high block letters spelling out “dream.” [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Alemany Farmers’ Market, 100 Alemany Blvd., S.F.]

Oktoberfest By the Bay: The 18th annual San Francisco event, deemed one of the best festivals of its type in the country and serving authentic German cuisine and music (by the acclaimed Chico Bavarian Band and others) along with superlative beer, begins its three-day run. [5 p.m. to midnight, Pier 48, across from AT&T Park, S.F.]

Covering Catastrophe: New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert, Vox reporter David Roberts and Climate One founder Greg Dalton discuss covering climate in the age of fake news, climate change denial and increasing public concern about the reality of rising seas and temperatures. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F]

Chanticleer
: The male chorus performs “Heart of a Soldier,” a program of early music of war and peace, martial music from Russia, works by Glinka, new music by Mason Bates, John Musto and Jennifer Higdon and popular music from the home front. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

decker.: The psychedelic solo artist (aka Brandon Decker) is playing from his recently released his ninth studio effort, “Into the Red.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Art Explosion Fall Open Studios: Some 100 artists in The City’s largest art collective – painters, sculptors, photographers, fashion designers and jewelers — invite visitors to see and purchase their work at the annual three-day event, which opens with a party. [7 to 11 p.m., 2425 17th St.; 744 Alabama St., S.F.]

Dragon Theatre Late Night: In the “Tipsy Time Comedy and Variety Hour,” hosts Aether Brigade serve up laughs, burlesque and music, circa 1881. [10 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party: Described as “American Idol” meets “The Tonight Show,” the impromptu variety show/open mic warns patrons: “Imagine Martin Short and Liza Minnelli throwing a hip house party around the baby grand, and you were invited!” [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Cabaret: Ross Valley Players, one of the oldest community theaters on the West Coast, open their 88th season with the musical set in 1931 Germany at the dawn of the Nazi era about a writer and his relationship with a nightclub chanteuse. [8 p.m., Barn Theatre, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross]

Back From Iraq: The new musical — with tunes from Broadway to hip hop — follows the “boots on the ground” of enlisted men and women on their first tour of duty in a “cool modern creative way.” [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: The group opens its 26th season in a concert with British violinist Daniel Hope in his first appearances as artistic partner, leading works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn and soloing in a co-commissioned violin concerto by Alan Fletcher. [2 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Los Rakas: The duo, born in the youth centers of Oakland and of Panamanian descent, plays rockin’ party music in Spanish and English, headlining a show with DJ Yazzy Yazz, Jaxx, Lidah and DJ Leydis. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Marshall Crenshaw, Los Straitjackets: The pop-rock maestro appears on a bill with the “band of guitar-wielding masked marauders.” [9 p.m. $21. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Dance Theatre of San Francisco: The contemporary troupe’s fifth season program includes premieres by Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Sandrine Cassini and Angela Dice Nguyen. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

PUSHfest: The mixed-genre festival (with two programs) showcases dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers and includes the premiere of “Mothership (Part II)” by PUSH Company Artistic Director Raissa Simpson. [8 p.m. ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, SEPT. 23

Marcus Shelby Orchestra
: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents the acclaimed jazz bassist-composer in a free concert of work-in-progress excerpts from “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues” and past commissions. [1 p.m., 760 Howard St., S.F.]

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble: The group’s 25th anniversary show “Karangalan” honors the many customs of the 7,000 island archipelago, the Philippines, in a spectacular display; a 5 p.m. VIP reception precedes the performance. [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Luis Hernandez: The former professional Mexican soccer player greets fans and shows off Xfinity products including the bilingual X1 Sports App. [Noon to 2 p.m., Xfinity Store, 31055 Courthouse Drive, Union City]

La Traviata: San Francisco Opera opens its production of the Verdi opera featuring Aurelia Florian, Atalla Ayan and Artur Rucinski in their company debuts. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

That’s Not How the Story Goes-How Art Smashes Stereotypes: Writer Daniel Handler, ethnomusicologist Mina Girgis and visual artist Ana Teresa Fernandez discuss the importance of empathetic storytelling in today’s polarized culture in the event presented by nonprofit Lava Mae. [2 to 4 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Carolina Lugo & Carole Acuna: The mother-daughter duo presents Spanish dance traditions in their Ballet Flamenco show. [7 p.m., Peña Pachamama, 1630 Powell St., S.F.]

Bonsai Demonstration: Experts from the Bonsai Society of San Francisco illustrate and offer tips on their art form of growing trees in containers. [10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Japanese Tea Garden, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Aging-What it Means to Grow Old in America: Diane Krantz, facilitator, project manager and strategic planner, heads up a session to address images, biases and prejudices concerning older adults, especially women. [10 a.m. to noon, Latino/Hispanic room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Simrit Kaur: The vocalist and renaissance woman is known for her “revolutionary innovation in chant and world music.” [7:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

City and Colour: Canadian folk-acoustic artist Dallas Green — winner of 3 Juno Awards, including two for songwriter of the year — headlines a concert with David Baza. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 Calfornia St., S.F.]

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