Fall Preview: September 2013 arts calendar 

click to enlarge Meet Maddie of "Maddie on Things" on September 8.
  • Meet Maddie of "Maddie on Things" on September 8.

Sunday Sept. 1

SF Zine Fest

Comic fiends flock to the closing day of the free DIY publishing event at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.

www.sfzinefest.org

Tuesday Sept. 3

S.F. Symphony Gala

Audra McDonald sings American favorites at 8 p.m. at Davies Symphony Hall at the red carpet opening, which ends with a pavilion party.

www.sfsymphony.org

Wednesday Sept. 4

Lawson

The British pop band with four top-10 U.K. singles plays Café du Nord.

www.cafedunord.com

Friday Sept. 6

S.F. Opera Ball

The 91st season opens with "Mephistopheles" in the War Memorial Opera House and the opera ball.

www.sfopera.org

Saturday Sept. 7

Placido Domingo

The famous tenor performs with sopranos Angel Joy Blue and Micaëla Oeste at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre.

www.apeconcerts.com

Sunday Sept. 8

Maddie

The perching pooch appears at 3 p.m. at The Booksmith with her owner, the author of "Maddie on Things."

www.booksmith.com

Wednesday Sept. 11 through Sept. 29

One Night with Janis Joplin

The San Jose Repertory Theatre opens the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical.

www.SJRep.com

Saturday Sept. 14

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival

Tickets to the two-day weekend festival benefit Project Open Hand and include tastings, chef demos and more.

www.ghirardellisquare.com

Monday Sept. 16

Junot Diaz

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks at 11 a.m. at the Jewish Community Center in conversation with Sean San Jose.

www.jccsf.org

Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Oct. 4

Dolores Claiborne

The San Francisco Opera opens its world premiere of the work based on the Stephen King novel.

www.sfopera.com

Thursday Sept. 19

Macy's Glamorama

Sheryl Crow and Cirque Du Soleil perform at the glitzy fashion fundraiser at the Orpheum.

www.macys.com

Friday Sept. 20

Chanticleer

The choir, appearing at the Conservatory of Music, presents "She Said/He Said," exploring the battle of the sexes.

www.chanticleer.org

Saturday Sept. 21

Polk Street Blues Festival

The free weekend festival offers live music through Sunday on Polk Street between Pacific and Union streets.

www.polkstreetbluesfestival.com

Sunday Sept. 22

Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club

The renowned Cuban ensemble, including vocalist Omara Portuondo, performs at Davies Symphony Hall.

www.sfjazz.org

Tuesday Sept. 24

Terry McMillan

The "Waiting to Exhale" author speaks in conversation with Michael Krasny at the Nourse Theatre.

www.cityarts.net

Thursday Sept. 26 through Sept. 29

Bodytraffic

The Los Angeles contemporary dance troupe begins a four-night residency at ODC Theater.

www.odcdance.org

Friday, Sept. 27 through Oct. 6

Theatre Rhino

The queer troupe presents the coming-of-age, coming-out drama "To Sleep and Dream" at Z Below Theatre.

www.therhino.org

Saturday Sept. 28

Bacon & Brew Festival

San Mateo's Central Park is the location for the inaugural family-friendly event, with music, food, beverages and crafts.

www.sanmateochamber.org/bbf/

Sunday Sept. 29

Folsom Street Fair

The world's largest leather event runs on Folsom Street between Seventh and 12th streets.

www.folsomstreetevents.com

Monday Sept. 30 through Nov. 23

Shocktoberfest 14

Thrillpeddlers presents Andre de Lorde's horror play "Jack the Ripper" at the Hypnodrome.

www.thrillpeddlers.com

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