August 8: Benefit concert and more S.F. events 

click to enlarge "A Celebration of Sutro," a joint benefit for the Blue Bear School of Music and the Rex Foundation, features local rock and soul band Tracorum.
  • "A Celebration of Sutro," a joint benefit for the Blue Bear School of Music and the Rex Foundation, features local rock and soul band Tracorum.

Who's in town

Jazz singer and songwriter Madeleine Peyroux appears. "The Blue Room," featuring reworkings of familiar songs and varied musical styles, is her latest album. [8 p.m., The Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]


James Beard Awards: Bay Area culinary figures nominated for the coveted James Beard Awards discuss the local food scene. A reception (5:30 p.m.) precedes the program. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Women of art: Art lecturer Jennifer Cook talks about the female artists of Italy's Renaissance and Baroque periods. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Literary events

Gary Kamiya: The locally based writer and Salon co-founder celebrates the launch of "Cool Grey City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Victoria Sweet: The locally based physician and author talks about "God's Hotel." [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Anne Drapkin Lyerly: The author and obstetrician discusses "A Good Birth." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Medicare info: The program addresses changes in Medicare and the most common questions people have. [3 p.m., Stanford Hospital Health Library, 211 Quarry Road, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Youth ukulele class: The session provides basic ukulele instruction for ages 8 to 18. A limited number of ukes are available, or bring your own. [4 to 6 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Comic foolery: Unique Derique, a clown and hambone (playing the body drum) artist, performs a show for ages 4 and up. [4 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Benefit concert

"A Celebration of Sutro," a joint benefit for the Blue Bear School of Music and the Rex Foundation, features local rock and soul band Tracorum with the Jazz Mafia Horns, the Harpoons, Spotted Botanists and Blubba Brothers. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Local activities

French tale: Generation Theatre presents "Marius," the first play in Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy." The story involves a small bar and three people there. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Outside edge: "NightLife" at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Outside Lands NightLife," an evening that includes acts from this weekend's big music festival. Featured bands include the Growlers. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Butoh artist: Salt Farm presents "Heartland," a multimedia dance performance by butoh artist Ledoh, at the Asian Art Museum. [6:15 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

RN74: The restaurant launches its "Summer of Riesling" celebration with a German-flavored party (5:30 to 9:30 p.m.). Festivities include Riesling wines, German music and German appetizers. Also available is chef Adam Sobel's regular menu, featuring refined American and regional French fare. Recommended dishes include the pork loin and crispy belly and the rabbit with mustard. [301 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 543-7474]

Art project

Craft night: Museum of Craft and Design hosts an Etsy craft lab. DIY artist Kelly Malone shows how to create moss-on-wood art. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers sponsors beverage service. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]


Short films: Artists' Television Access hosts its monthly "OpenScreening" program — an open-submissions event where filmmakers present short films and receive feedback. [8 p.m., 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Documentary: "Low Movie (How to Quit Smoking)," about the Minnesota band Low, screens. [7:15 and 8:45 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]


Stand-up show: Comedian Colin Kane, whose style features acidic humor and elements of improvisation, appears. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Indie pop: Smallpools, an indie-pop band from Los Angeles, debuts in The City; "Dreaming" is the group's first single. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]


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