Michael Sommers’ show “Heart in the ‘Hood,” about his experiences moving from a small Vermont town to West Oakland, is among the many offerings at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which runs through Sept. 24. (Courtesy David Korman)

Michael Sommers’ show “Heart in the ‘Hood,” about his experiences moving from a small Vermont town to West Oakland, is among the many offerings at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, which runs through Sept. 24. (Courtesy David Korman)

Sept. 9-10: San Francisco Fringe Festival, Michael Sommers, Michael Gaffney, Joyful Raven, Rock Against the TPP, Ryan Bingham, Autumn Moon Festival


Heart in the ‘Hood: Actor Michael Sommers tells the true story of how he moved from small town Vermont to inner-city West Oakland, and came to love it, in the first of four S.F. Fringe Festival appearances. [8:30 p.m., EXIT Studio, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

The Oldest Living Cater Waiter: The S.F. Fringe Festival presents Michael Gaffney’s one-man show, which serves up delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. [8:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Tales of a Sexual Tomboy: Joyful Raven’s raucous one-woman comedy “about a horny tomboy, equipped with bad boundaries from her hippie upbringing, looking for empowerment in all the wrong places,” opens at the S.F. Fringe Festival. [8:30 p.m., EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy St., S.F]

Film Crawl: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema hosts simultaneous free screenings of short works by local filmmakers at six Cortland Avenue locations. [7, 8 and 9 p.m., Cortland Avenue, between Bennington and Ellsworth streets, S.F.]

Nick Sousanis: The comic artist and educator lectures on his award-winning 2015 book “Unflattening,” his comic-form dissertation that became a Harvard University Press publication. [4:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Rock Against the TPP: Dead Prez, Jello Biafra, La Santa Cecilia, Bonfire Madigan, Jeff Rosenstock, Built for the Sea, Raw-G, Ryan Harvey, Taina Asili, Evan Greer and Audiopharmacy play a free concert to mobilize opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a controversial trade deal with Pacific Rim countries. [6 to 11 p.m., free. Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F., RSVP: www.rockagainstthetpp.org]

Bobby Rush: The 82-year-old blues artist, who’s been called King of the Chitlin’ Circuit, celebrates the release of the album “Porcupine Meat.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West., Oakland]

Ryan Bingham, Brian Fallon: Bingham, the Americana artist who won an Oscar for “Crazy Heart,” co-headlines with the singer-guitarist of Gaslight Anthem fame. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]


Autumn Moon Festival 2016: The cultural celebration showcases Chinatown’s culinary offerings, including mooncakes, the staple treat of the holiday, as well as hosts Chinese opera performers, pop singers, martial artists and booths with Asian arts, crafts, housewares and jewelry; a grand parade begins at 11 a.m. at California Street and Grant Avenue. [11 a.m to 6 p.m., Grant Avenue and surroundings, S.F.]

My Life in China: The Chinese Historical Society screens the documentary by Ken Eng (a portrait of his father, who fled China during the Cultural Revolution for the U.S.), followed by a Q&A with the director. [1 p.m., Great Star Theatre, 636 Jackson St., S.F.]

My Life in China follows the story of (director) Ken Eng’s father who fled China during the Cultural Revolution in 1966 and made a life for himself in Boston with his wife and two children. The film draws a portrait of a father who made huge sacrifices for a better life, endured hardships in America, and asks the question “What does it mean to be Chinese and American?”

The Mysterium Magic Show: The “evening of elegant supernatural entertainment,” which blends magic and mind reading, comes to the stage in the first of multiple S.F. Fringe Festival performances. [9 p.m., Exit Theater, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Blonde Poison: The S.F. Fringe Festival selection is a solo show featuring Carol Adams as a woman who recounts her story of being a Jewish teenager trapped in Berlin during Hitler’s reign; the presentation is the first of four performances. [5:30 p.m., EXIT Theatre Studio, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Pamela Rose: The bluesy, jazzy vocalist appears in “Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era,” a lively multimedia tribute to unsung songwriters including Dorothy Fields and Peggy Lee. [8 p.m., Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda]

Shakespeare or Space Wars: Peripatetic Players presents the outdoor show, a parody mashup of “Romeo and Juliet” and “Star Wars,” which producers call “an homage to two classic star-crossed tales of destiny and daring.” [2 p.m., Berkeley Marina, 160 University Ave, Berkeley]

Gad Elmaleh: The Moroccan-French actor and comedian is touring with his standup show “Oh My Gad,” which covers how a foreigner adapts to life in America. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Mind Flows with Brush: The exhibition of ink-based works by San Francisco artist Zhong Yueying, guest curated by Qian Zhijian, opens with a reception. [11 a.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St,, third floor, S.F.]

B­Sides-Musicians Show Their Flip Side as Photographers: The group show –curated by Sean Yseult (bassist of White Zombie, who has a degree in photography) and showcasing images by nine artists best known for their work in the recording studio — opens with a reception. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Heron Arts, 7 Heron St., S.F.]

Renaissance Bay Area Makers Popup: Craft workshops — penguin making with Woolbuddy, tote bags with Jenny Lemons — as well as demonstrations make up the do-it-yourself-themed event. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Yard at Mission Rock, Third Street and Terry Francois Boulevard, S.F.]

The Devil Wears Prada: The comedy with Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway screens as part of the free 2016 Film Night in the Park series. [Dusk, Union Square, Powell and Geary streets, S.F.]

Ann C. Barham: The therapist speaks about “The Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes,” which details 16 years of experience with past-life regression therapy. [4 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Sandra V. Feder: The children’s book author and Burlingame resident celebrates her picture book “The Moon Inside,” with a story-time launch party. [4:30 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Matt Pinfield: The San Francisco KFOG DJ and former host of MTV’s “120 Minutes” is promoting his fun, name-dropping memoir, “All These Things That I’ve Done: My Insane, Improbable Rock Life.” [2 p.m., Amoeba Books, 1855 Haight St., S.F.]

It Came from Fukushima: The S.F. Fringe Festival show, blending noir, sci-fi and monster movie styles, is a multimedia comedy about a down-on-his-luck detective who stumbles onto a conspiracy which can destroy humanity. [8:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Hey, Hey LBJ: David Kleinberg appears in the first of several Fringe Festival performances of his hit solo show about his year as an army combat correspondent in Vietnam. [5:30 p.m., EXIT Theater, 156 Eddy St., S.F.}

The Space In Between-Recent Paintings by John Gibson: The exhibition of works by the artist, who focuses on shapes of balls, opens with a talk and book signing. [3 to 5 p.m., Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

Caramel: A screening of the 2008 film in which friends and employees of a ramshackle beauty salon in Beirut look for love and romance is followed by a discussion. [1 p.m., S.F. Public Library, Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

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