Aug. 23-24: American Idol Live, novelist Steph Cha, Bachelor Chris Soules

SUNDAY, AUG. 23

American Idol Live!: The top five singers from Season 14 — winner Nick Fradiani, Jax, Tyanna Jones, Rayvon Owen and Clark Beckham — appear in concert. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Summer Slaughter Tour: Arch Enemy, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation, Beyond Creation, and winners of 2 Headbang For The Highway appear. [3 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F]

Kevin Smith: The screenwriter, actor, direcotr, producer, public speaker, comic book writer, author, comedian and raconteur appears in a sold-out question-and-answer event (6 p.m.) followed by the live podcast “Edumacation with Kevin Smith and Andy McElfresh.” [9:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Folk artist Chris Pureka plugs in on her upcoming fourth studio album, venturing into non-acoustic territory and exploring new themes. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Outdoor artisans: The free, 34th annual Palo Alto Festival of the Arts offers wares from more than 300 artists, Italian street painting, two stages of entertainment, wine and micro brews, gourmet food, and a kids’ art studio. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., University Avenue between High and Webster streets, Palo Alto]

Arts show and sale: 20th Century Exposition hosts exhibitors from throughout the U.S. selling art, jewelry, ceramics, glass, furnishings, lighting, textiles and books created between 1900 and 2000. {10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.}

Noir and music: “The Maltese Falcon” screens, accompanied by a live score by Lisa Mezzacappa’s avantNOIR. [9:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.}

Endless Summer Run: Proceeds from the 5K run and community walk go to middle school students who will travel to Japan to reaffirm the sister-city relationship between San Mateo and Toyonaka. [8 a.m., Borel Middle School, 425 Barneson Ave, San Mateo]

MONDAY, AUG. 24

Author talk: Stanford-educated, Los Angeles-based writer Steph Cha appears in conversation with Joshua Mohr to promote her new mystery “Dead Soon Enough: A Juniper Song Mystery.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Bar arcade: Video gamers are invited to a meet up for teams to play the cult classic, “Killer Queen.” [7 to 11 p.m., Brewcade, 2200-B Market St., S.F.]

Baseball books: Litquake’s “The Boys (and Books) of Summer” welcomes acclaimed authors Robert Mailer Anderson, Steve Hermanos, Brian Murphy, Steve Kettmann, Molly Knight, Joan Ryan and David Talbot. [7 p.m., Sports Basement, 1590 Bryant St., S.F.]

Sci-fi great: Hugo-award winning John Scalzi talks to Tad Williams about his new book “The End of All Things,” the sequel to 2013’s “The Human Division.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Healing music: Jon Bailey, composer and conductor of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles for 13 years, speaks on “Singing for Our Lives: Music in the Time of AIDS.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

TV celeb: Chris Soules from “The Bachelor” appears in “The Great Love Debate,” a funny, interactive town hall-style discussion about his experiences on the show. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Basket weaving: Thacher Gallery opens “Interwoven: Native California Basketry Arts from the Missions Forward,” an exhibit that tells the story of the continuity and survival of Native American culture. [8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Gleeson Library, Geschke Center, Golden Gate and Parker avenues, University of S,F.]American Idol LiveChris SoulesSteph Cha

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