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Courtesy photoComedy benefit: Comedians Marc Maron and Arj Barker

Arj Barker brings the laughs at Cobb’s

Who’s in townBest-selling fantasy-fiction author R.A. Salvatore talks about his new novel,…

Courtesy photoComedy benefit: Comedians Marc Maron and Arj Barker
Courtesy photoCD recording: Comedian Joe Bartnick performs a stand-up show

Comedian Joe Bartnick performs a stand-up at the Punch Line

Who’s in townAustralian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers, touring in support of her…

Courtesy photoCD recording: Comedian Joe Bartnick performs a stand-up show
Courtesy photoJazz artists: Jazz vocalist Nicolas Bearde and the Kelly Park Trio perform at the Rrazz Room. Special guest: Grammy-winning jazz and classical violinist Mads Tolling.

Nicolas Bearde and the Kelly Park Trio play the Rrazz Room

Who’s in townAbby Maxman of CARE speaks at the World Affairs Council,…

Courtesy photoJazz artists: Jazz vocalist Nicolas Bearde and the Kelly Park Trio perform at the Rrazz Room. Special guest: Grammy-winning jazz and classical violinist Mads Tolling.
Mike Koozmin/ The S.F. ExaminerPICTURE OF THE WEEK: A boy looks at a trail of blood on an apartment walkway following a shooting near Eddy and Steiner streets Thursday. Two people were wounded in the mid-day incident. The week began with four men killed in what are believed to be gang-related shootings

Comedian Jay Pharoah from “Saturday Night Live” appears at Cobb's Comedy Club

Something to Read The Wildness Within By Kenneth Brower ($20)The nature writer…

Mike Koozmin/ The S.F. ExaminerPICTURE OF THE WEEK: A boy looks at a trail of blood on an apartment walkway following a shooting near Eddy and Steiner streets Thursday. Two people were wounded in the mid-day incident. The week began with four men killed in what are believed to be gang-related shootings
weekendsherpa.com‘Gold Mettle’: With the Olympics in full force

Test your hiking mettle at Purisima Creek Redwoods

FRIDAYWomen dancing: Imagery presents “Sketch 2: The Women Choreographers,” a concert of…

weekendsherpa.com‘Gold Mettle’: With the Olympics in full force
Courtesy photoScience and dining: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents best-selling author Steven Raichlen lecturing on “Man Food Fire: The Evolution of Barbecue.”

Steven Raichlen lectures on ‘The Evolution of Barbecue’

Who’s in townAustralia-born, London-based author M. L. Stedman talks about her debut…

Courtesy photoScience and dining: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents best-selling author Steven Raichlen lecturing on “Man Food Fire: The Evolution of Barbecue.”
Courtesy PhotoHammer and chuckle:“A Lot in Communism Tour” features comedians born in the former Soviet Union. Daniel Kinno

Anna Seregina performs at the Punch Line Comedy Club

Who’s in town Kyrgyzstan-born, New York-based jazz piano virtuoso Eldar performs at…

Courtesy PhotoHammer and chuckle:“A Lot in Communism Tour” features comedians born in the former Soviet Union. Daniel Kinno
Courtesy PhotoSongstress Luisa Maita

Songstress Luisa Maita performs at Yoshi’s

Who’s in town Journalist, science fiction author and Internet activist Cory Doctorow…

Courtesy PhotoSongstress Luisa Maita
Courtesy photoDance showcase: The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance’s summer series presents “A Thousand Natural Shocks

S.F. Conservatory of Dance presents ‘A Thousand Natural Shocks’

Who’s in townGrammy-nominated jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti performs with his group. The…

Courtesy photoDance showcase: The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance’s summer series presents “A Thousand Natural Shocks
Courtesy photo‘Hawk hideout’: Dip into the backpacking experience via a short hike to a surprisingly secluded and often overlooked campsite in the Marin Headlands.

Hike Hawk Camp in Marin Headlands

FRIDAYSymphonic ‘Oz’: Friday is movie night at the San Francisco Symphony. Feature…

Courtesy photo‘Hawk hideout’: Dip into the backpacking experience via a short hike to a surprisingly secluded and often overlooked campsite in the Marin Headlands.
Courtesy photoStandup act: Pablo Francisco — known for funny takes on pop culture and the Comedy Central show “They Put It Out There” — opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club.

Pablo Francisco opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club

Who’s in townAuthor Charles Yu, named one of the National Book Foundation’s…

Courtesy photoStandup act: Pablo Francisco — known for funny takes on pop culture and the Comedy Central show “They Put It Out There” — opens a four-night gig at Cobb’s Comedy Club.
Courtesy PhotoStand-up show: Comedian Vince Royale performs. Royale has appeared in venues ranging from the Comedy Club in Los Angeles to Yankee Stadium. [8 p.m.

Comedian Vince Royale performs at the Punch Line Comedy Club

Who’s in town Cabaret singer Andrea Marcovicci presents “Smile,” her show featuring…

Courtesy PhotoStand-up show: Comedian Vince Royale performs. Royale has appeared in venues ranging from the Comedy Club in Los Angeles to Yankee Stadium. [8 p.m.
Courtesy PhotoHumor and hope: Comedians Rex Navarrete and Brian Copeland appear in “A Night of Hopeful Laughter
Courtesy PhotoHumor and hope: Comedians Rex Navarrete and Brian Copeland appear in “A Night of Hopeful Laughter
Courtesy photoLaborFest: The labor festival presents a staged reading of “Mixed Relief

LaborFest presents reading of ‘Mixed Relief’

Who’s in townAuthor and cartoonist Mark Zepezauer talks about his latest book,…

Courtesy photoLaborFest: The labor festival presents a staged reading of “Mixed Relief
Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. ExaminerSWEET!Oscar Craven-Green and Benjamin Maibrano eat a lollipop at the See’s Candy lollipop giveaway in Justin Herman Plaza on Friday

Celebrate the Picklewater Free Circus Festival this July!

AROUND TOWN Festival Circus fun: The Picklewater Free Circus Festival takes place…

Beth Laberge/Special to the S.F. ExaminerSWEET!Oscar Craven-Green and Benjamin Maibrano eat a lollipop at the See’s Candy lollipop giveaway in Justin Herman Plaza on Friday
Courtesy photo‘Seven Hells Ride’: What is the sound of a calf muscle screaming? Find out on the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition ride

Get those calf muscles screaming with SFBC’s ‘Seven Hells Ride’

FRIDAYDance concert: Post:Ballet presents “Triads,” the contemporary-dance company’s third home season. The…

Courtesy photo‘Seven Hells Ride’: What is the sound of a calf muscle screaming? Find out on the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition ride
Courtesy photoJewish cinema: The 2012 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens with festivities. “Hava Nagila (The Movie)

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens with ‘Hava Nagila (The Movie)’

Who’s in townSinger-songwriter Ray Davies, best known as the frontman of the…

Courtesy photoJewish cinema: The 2012 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival opens with festivities. “Hava Nagila (The Movie)
Courtesy PhotoOutdoor Theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe brings its 2012 summer-in-the-park show

The San Francisco Mime Troupe brings its 2012 summer show outdoors

Who's in Town Comedian and actor Aziz Ansari, seen on NBC’s “Parks…

Courtesy PhotoOutdoor Theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe brings its 2012 summer-in-the-park show
Courtesy photoAfrican music: Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang appear; the band plays a modernized version of bubu

Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang play the Rickshaw Stop

Who’s in townAuthor Colson Whitehead presents “Zone One,” his latest novel. [7…

Courtesy photoAfrican music: Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang appear; the band plays a modernized version of bubu
MIKE KOOZMIN/ S.F. EXAMINERThe remains of World War II veteran U.S. Marines Sgt. James Austin Sisney

Join the 2012 AIDS Walk in Golden Gate Park

Around Town Movies Pure silents: The 2012 San Francisco Silent Film Festival…

MIKE KOOZMIN/ S.F. EXAMINERThe remains of World War II veteran U.S. Marines Sgt. James Austin Sisney