Sept. 23-25: Chanticleer, The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?, Golden Gate Philharmonic, Waiting Period, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, DeVotchKa, Broadway Backwards, Spike Lee, Wynton Marsalis, Richard A. Walker, Johnny Marr


Chanticleer: The 40-year-old renowned vocal group inaugurates the Trinity Center for the Arts in Trinity Church with a concert featuring works by its favorite composers, from classic to contemporary. [5 p.m., 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?: Custom Made Theatre Company opens its season with Edward Albee’s disconcerting play about a man in love with, yes, a nanny goat. [7 p.m., 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Golden Gate Philharmonic
: In the benefit, faculty and friends from San Francisco’s youth orchestra play Mozart, Mendelssohn and new works from Bay Area composers Alden Jenks and Stephen Damonte, who will attend. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

The Waiting Period: Brian Copeland appears in a free performance of his funny and touching solo show about his struggles with depression and suicidal thought. [5 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Convivir: In the San Francisco Public Library program, poets and dancers remember medieval Spain and the period when Christians, Muslims, and Jews lived side by side and art and science flourished. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Rebel Without a Cause: Fathom Events screens the James Dean classic, still reverberating after 60 years. [2 and 7 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Family ArtBash Sunday: The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s “Rhythmic Threads: Costume, Song and Sukkot” is a celebration for families with Middle Eastern music and dance, a percussion “petting zoo,” a textile art studio, holiday activities and a dance party. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Medicare for All-From Demand to Reality: Peace Action of San Mateo County presents Matt Stone of Democratic Socialists of America speaking on a nationwide campaign supporting a single federal program providing universal health care coverage to all U.S. residents. [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo]

Al Di Meola: The versatile guitar virtuoso plays an acoustic show, joined by keyboardist Jordan Rudess. [7 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., S.F.]

Jon Batiste: The pianist, bandleader, vocalist and New Orleans musical royalty is special guest on the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis bill. [5:30 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

LANZ: The act is the solo project of Benjamin Lanz (known for his work with The National, Beirut and Sufjan Stevens) is promoting his second album “Hoferlanz II.” [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

California Symphony: Charlie Albright plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in “Beethoven and Bernstein.” [4 p.m., LesherCenter, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]


Neil deGrasse Tyson: The astrophysicist, best-selling author and host of “StarTalk” appears in an “engaging conversation on science, exploration and the world as we know it.” [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Broadway Backwards: The casts of the touring productions of “Phantom of the Opera” and “On Your Feet” appear in the one-night cabaret show to benefit nonprofits helping people with AIDS. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, Sutter St., S.F.]

DeVotchKa: The four-piece group known for “blurring the lines of genre and cultural influence” is on tour with its sixth full-length album “This Night Falls Forever” featuring “11 songs that defy categorization.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St. S.F.]

Loaders: Dragon Theatre presents a staged reading the new play by Griffin Lamachy about the what happens after a shooting occurs backstage following a concert. [7:30 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Big Harp George
: The San Francisco Bay Area blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player (and professor emeritus at UC Hastings School of Law) has a new album “Uptown Cool.” [7 to 11 p.m., Eli’s Mile High Club, 3629 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland]

Nothing But Thieves: “Broken Machine” is the second album from U.K. alt rock five-piece band, headlining a bill with Grandson and Demob Happy. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

The National: The moody, critically acclaimed Grammy Award-winning alt rock band — which is set to release for fan club members only a new live vinyl “Cherry Tree Vol. 1” — opens a two-night stand. [6:30 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Victoria Neve
: The pianist and SF State professor appears in a free recital of 20th-century composers George Crumb, John Corigliano and others. [1:10 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, SF State, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]


Spike Lee: SFFILM hosts a tribute to the filmmaking great, who appears in an onstage conversation about his career and creative process, followed by a screening of “BlacKkKlansman,” his most recent movie. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Wynton Marsalis: The trumpet virtuoso, composer and bandleader converses with Stanford professor Adam Banks about jazz, the relationship between the arts and community and the “irrepressible spirit of New Orleans.” [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Richard A. Walker: The UC Berkeley professor emeritus discusses his new book, “Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Johnny Marr: The inimitable English guitarist, songwriter and singer (known for work with the Smiths, Electronic, The Cribs, The The and Modest Mouse) is touring with his third solo album “Call The Comet,” on the first of two Bay Area stops. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Baby Goes to Factory (The Musical): Bill O’Neill, accompanied by Gregory DiMartino on piano, appears in the one man show about “‘Baby’ who, after the death of his father, realizes he has no choice but to become a man — overnight.” [9 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

150 Years of the San Francisco SPCA: S.F. History Association hosts SPCA staffers and volunteers Sarah Gerrish and Andra Young, who present an illustrated history of the service organization. [7:30 p.m., Congregation Sherith Israel, 2266 California St., S.F.]

Neruda: San Francisco Public Library screens Pablo Larrain’s stylish 2016 drama about Nobel Prize-winning poet and politician Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive when the Chilean government threatens him with arrest in 1948. [5:15 p.m.,Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Francis Fukuyama: The political scientist and Stanford scholar discusses his new book “Identity: The Demand For Dignity and the Politics of Resentment.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

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