Sept. 5-6: Kirin J. Callinan, Lana Del Rey, The Slants, Matthew Zapruder, Bay City Blues with Chris Cain, Anne Gisleson, Tango Artentino, Jen Kirkman


Kirin J. Callinan: Critics are calling the eclectic Australian musician’s second album “Bravado” as “disparate, provocative and perverse as ever.” [8:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Lana Del Rey: The pop singer, whose sound has been called “Hollywood sadcore,” is promoting her 2017 album “Lust for Life” in a sold-out show. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Slants: The Asian American group from Portland, which plays 1980s inspired synth pop dance rock, headlines a bill with Oakland post punk band Tremor Low and Seed Ling, a local indie electronic outfit. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Matthew Zapruder: The poet, appearing with Natalie Baszile, discusses his new book “Why Poetry,” described as “an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument” for the forms accessibility to all readers. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Bay City Blues with Chris Cain: Joey Delgado, singer and guitarist for the Los Angeles-based veterans, The Delgado Brothers, is special guest at the weekly showcase. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Anne Gisleson: The author discusses her memoir “The Futilitarians,” which reveals how she learned to grieve and heal from deaths in her family and the impact of Hurricane Katrina, in conversation with Dave Eggers. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Free First Tuesdays: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco do not charge admission the first Tuesday of each month. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 9:30 am to 5:15 p.m. de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F; Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave. S.F.]

Tango Argentino Dance Lesson: Beginners as well as dancers of all levels are invited learn at the instructional session, which is followed by a 9:30 p.m. dance party. [8:30 p.m., Great Northern, 119 Utah St., S.F.]


Jen Kirkman: The standup comic — a pop culture hater and “Chelsea Lately” alumn — appears in her “All New Material, Girl” tour. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Green Apple’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee: Porchlight presents the variety show celebrating the landmark indie bookstore with author Mary Roach, illustrator Wendy McNaughton, Vetiver’s Andy Cabic, Forum’s Michael Krasny, Robin Sloan, Youth Speaks and Thao of the Get Down Stay Down. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

John Nichols: The writer for The Nation magazine talks about his book “Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse: A Field Guide to the Most Dangerous People in America,” described as “an essential examination of the dirty dealers and defenders of the indefensible.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Middle East as the Cradle of Civilization: Abdul Jabbar, emeritus professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at City College of San Francisco, leads a history talk about the Middle East, aided by video and literary selections. [6:30 p.m., Latino Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Helping Marginalized Youth Make Healthy Decisions: Educators from Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit that trains college students to teach health to students in under-served high schools, discuss their mission and work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Rafe Bartholomew: The Los Angeles-based author speaks about his memoir “Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me,” which details his life growing up in and around one of New York’s oldest bars, which opened in 1854. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

The Cheeseballs: The fun local pop, funk and R&B band opens the month-long Wednesday evening Music on the Plaza series. [6 to 8 p.m., Sunvalley Shopping Center, 1 Sunvalley Mall, Concord]

San Jose Museum of Art Lunchtime Lecture Series
: Derek Conrad Murray, associate art history professor at UC Santa Cruz and author of “Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity after Civil Rights” speaks on “the self-portrait in the age of social media.” [Noon, 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

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