Sept. 7-8: The Wholehearted, SF Symphony Opening Gala, Wanda Sykes, Ahmed Salah, Sarah Barmak

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7

The Wholehearted: Opening a four-performance run, the one-woman play tells the story of Dee Crosby, a fictitious world champion boxer hell bent on redemption after being taken down in her prime by her abusive husband. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony Opening Gala: Renée Fleming and Susan Graham join Michael Tilson Thomas and the orchestra for a concert of American and Italian songs. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Wanda Sykes: The comic, actress, producer, writer, stunt double, wife, mother and know-it-all brings her standup tour to town. [7 p.m., Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Ahmed Salah: The author of “You Are Under Arrest for Masterminding the Egyptian Revolution,” a leader of Egypt’s prominent protest movements, speaks about his memoir and the growth and failures of the Egyptian opposition. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sarah Barmak: The journalist discusses “Closer: Notes from the Frontier of the Female Orgasm,” in which she explores science and grassroots trends in an attempt to understand the truth of women’s sexuality. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Raven Chacon: The multimedia artist and composer appears as part of “The Nature of Music” series presented in partnership with new music organization Other Minds. [7 p.m., David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Hollywood, Video Games and the Avant-Garde: The Pacific Film Archive program screens works by Gregg Biermann, Peter Tscherkassky, Matthias Müller, Jerry Tartaglia, Rebecca Baron and Douglas Goodwin that engage with Hollywood films and video games. [7 p.m., 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Bobby’s Bash 2016: The Robert F. Kennedy Club’s inaugural gala features headline speakers (including prominent local Democrats), entertainment and resident DJs spinning dance music. [6 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]


THURSDAY, SEPT. 8

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema: The opening night event includes a reception, awards and screening of short films “Jimmy’s Dream,” “Stop.,” “There Is a Place,” “Remaining Ashes” and “Oliver’s Opera” by local filmmakers [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Matthew Biancaniello: The author of “Eat Your Drink: Culinary Cocktails,” formerly of Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s famous Library Bar, speaks at an event including a Tahitian vanilla bean giveaway. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885 a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Hey Monster Hands Off My City: The indie film, an adaptation of Michael Meehan’s one-man play and a “monster/detective comedy with social commentary on corporate greed, civic malfeasance and the evil of meter maid” screens, followed by a Q&A with guest comedians. [8 p.m., 4 Star Theater, 2200 Clement St., S.F.]

Caleb Hawley: The soul singer, songwriter and performer “channels early Stevie Wonder and other Motown sounds into a magnetic package.”
[8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

San Francisco Magic Underground: The weekly Thursday showcase of magic, mental mysteries and physical wonders features a different lineup each performance, with award-winning mentalist Sebastian Boswell III as host. [8 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

La Fromagerie Cheese Shop: A new wine and cheese happy hour in the financial district, featuring create-your-own pairings and selections from dozens of choices, launches. [4 to 7 p.m., 101 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Dear Master: Aurora Theatre Company opens its revival of the first show it staged in 1991, Dorothy Bryant’s work about the intimate dialogue in letters between 19th century French novelists George Sand and Gustave Flaubert. [8 p.m., 2081 Addison St., Berkeley]

Nosejob: The show, which skewers the superficial value society places on perfection and pedigree with humor and pathos, opens a two-week run. [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

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