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1 “The Ocean Af­ter Na­ture”: San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Cen­ter for the Arts these days is host­ing ex­hibits that blend art, pol­i­tics and cur­rent events. “Take This Ham­mer,” run­ning through Aug. 20, ex­am­ines how Bay Area ac­tivism in­flu­enced lo­cal artists, and vice versa. And “Ocean Af­ter Na­ture,” which opened last week and runs through Aug. 28, fea­tures more than 20 works in var­i­ous medi­ums that ex­am­ine how oceans uniquely re­flect the im­pact of a rapidly chang­ing world. Bay Area artist Dim­i­tra Skan­dali, known for her sea­weed art and other sea-themed works, will be rep­re­sented in the trav­el­ing ex­hibit.

De­tails: The YBCA gal­leries open 11 a.m. Tues­day through Sun­day; $8-$10; 415-978-2787, www.ybca. org.

2 “Viva la Causa”: The leg­endary South Bay Latino the­ater troupe El Teatro Cam­pesino is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary, and the lat­est chap­ter in that cel­e­bra­tion is this im­mer­sive the­ater/ex­hi­bi­tion ex­pe­ri­ence based in the com­pany’s San Juan Bautista home. As vis­i­tors tour the the­ater, a for­mer pack­ing shed, they will encounter a va­ri­ety of ex­hibits and per­for­mances that re­flect the his­tory of the com­pany.

De­tails: Thurs­day through July 17; $10-$15; 831-623-2444, http://elteatro­cam­pesino.com.

3 SFDance­works: San Francisco Bal­let dancer James Sofranko’s dream of cre­at­ing his own reper­tory com­pany — one that em­braces myr­iad chore­og­ra­phers and dance styles — comes to fruition this week as he de­buts SFDance­works with a wide-rang­ing week­end pro­gram at ODC The­ater in San Francisco.

De­tails: 8 p.m. Thurs­day through Satur­day; $20$45; 415-863-9834, www. sfdance­works.org. Tony Lind­say:

4 The San Fran­cis­can has been the lead singer for Santana for the past 25 years, and heads the lo­cal R&B band Span­galang. On Mon­day, he comes to Yoshi’s in Oak­land with an­other out­fit, The Soul Sol­diers, fea­tur­ing Ni­co­las Bearde, Fred Ross and Will Russ. The four tal­ented croon­ers will tackle the songs of Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls and oth­ers.

De­tails: 8 p.m.; $23; 510238-9200, www.yoshis.com. case/lang/veirs:

5 As the story goes, Cana­dian-born crooner k.d. lang emailed Neko Case and Laura Veirs sug­gest­ing they all record an al­bum to­gether. The two quickly signed on and the re­sult, some three years in the mak­ing, was the al­bum “case/lang/veirs,” which was re­leased last week. Now these three dis­tinc­tive and won­der­ful per­form­ers are tour­ing in sup­port of the al­bum and land at the Moun­tain Win­ery on Satur­day.

De­tails: 7:30 p.m.; $53.50-$93.50; www.axs. com. The Golden Fol­lies:

6 Pleasan­ton’s Fire­house Arts Cen­ter con­tin­ues its string of pa­tri­otic/nos­tal­gic shows with two per­for­mances by this tap-danc­ing, can­can­ning Las Ve­gas-style song-and-dance com­pany con­sist­ing of women ages 60 through 91 from across North­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

De­tails: 2 p.m. Satur­day and Sun­day; $15-$25; 925931-4848, www.fire­house­arts.org. Michael Black­son:

7 Ja­fari Fer­gu­son moved to the U.S. from Ghana in 1987 with dreams of be­ing a co­me­dian. He changed his name to Michael Black­son, which is of course a spin

on Michael Jack­son, and mod­eled his style af­ter Ed­die Murphy. He has since be­come a sta­ple on the com­edy circuit, ap­peared on a host of ca­ble and late-night TV shows, and had a no­table cameo as “An­gry African Man” in the 2000 film “Next Fri­day.” He’s bring­ing his stand-up show to San Jose Im­prov for five per­for­mances Thurs­day through Satur­day.

De­tails: 8 p.m. Thurs­day, 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Fri­day, 7 and 9:15 p.m. Satur­day; $25; 408280-7475, http://san­jose. im­prov.com.

8 Aubrie Sell­ers: She’s the daugh­ter of Nashville icon Lee Ann Wo­mack, but Sell­ers has crafted her own sound, which she has dubbed “garage coun­try.” The gui­tars on her ac­claimed de­but al­bum “New City Blues” don’t twang, they snarl and buzz as they warp around Sell­ers’ sharp, straight­for­ward de­liv­ery. Sell­ers is tour­ing be­hind the buz­zwor­thy new re­lease and comes to Slim’s in San Francisco on Satur­day.

De­tails: 8 p.m.; $15; www.slim­sp­re­sents.com.

9 Grown Women Dance Col­lec­tive: For­mer mem­bers of the Alvin Ai­ley Amer­i­can Dance The­ater, Martha Gra­ham Com­pany, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Com­pany and oth­ers make up this troupe, which is a fea­tured per­former at the sev­enth an­nual Fallen He­roes, Ris­ing Stars: A June­teenth Cel­e­bra­tion Through Dance on Satur­day in Oak­land. The col­lec­tive’s pro­gram will pay homage to Natalie Cole, Phife Dawg, Nina Si­mone, Prince and more.

De­tails: 2 and 8 p.m.; Im­pact Hub Oak­land; $25$40; www.grown­wom­en­dance.org.

10 “The Rules”: The ti­tle of Dipika Guha’s new play is a ref­er­ence to the con­tro­ver­sial 1995 book that of­fered women “Time-Tested Se­crets for Cap­tur­ing the Heart of Mr. Right” (the gist of it was: Don’t put out if you want to reel him in). Here, three women who are friends fall for the same guy. “Rules” is get­ting its world pre­miere as part of San Francisco Play­house’s Sand­box Se­ries of new works.

De­tails: Through July 16; Cre­ativ­ity The­ater, San Francisco; $20; http://sf­play­house.org.

COUR­TESY OF DIM­I­TRA SKAN­DALI

Bay Area artist Dim­i­tra Skan­dali, known for her sea­weed art and other sea-themed works, will be rep­re­sented in the trav­el­ing ex­hibit at the Yerba Buena Cen­ter for the Arts.

STAFF PHOTO IL­LUSTRATION; THINKSTOCK; BARRY BRECHEISEN/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS AR­CHIVES

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