Picks of the week: Familiar faces, popular music take over Bay Area

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This week offers a slate of music and comedy certain to excite. Over the weekend, a symphony and a pop legend are taking over Bay Area venues, and as the week progresses, hip-hop powerhouses, popular comedians and YouTube sensations take over. If you have a free evening, you can’t go wrong with any night this week.

Saturday, August 12 | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone — In Concert

The “Harry Potter” franchise is the stuff of literary and cinematic legend; children and adults around the world have been dazzled by wizarding world for more than two decades. There is a special magic, however, that is unique to the films: John Williams’ incredible score. On Saturday, Potterheads can rejoice, as the first film installment, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” plays at Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on a 40-foot screen. The screening, which is brought to audiences by SHN Broadway, will feature a symphony orchestra providing the accompanying music behind the film. The show (which also has Sunday performances) starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are available at SHN’s website.

Sunday, August 13 | Lady Gaga at AT&T Park

Lady Gaga has come a long way since arriving on the music scene in the mid-2000s. Gone is the era of middle school dance classics like “Paparazzi” and “Poker Face” — gone too are the days of meat dresses and giant egg-based arrivals. Lady Gaga has always been about constant evolution, but her latest album Joanne feels like the purest expression of her often underestimated vocal abilities. The two singles from the album — “Perfect Illusion” and “Million Reasons” — have nearly 94 million and 135 million views on Spotify, respectively. Her concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

Monday, August 14 | 2 Chainz at Fox Theater

Georgia hip-hop giant 2 Chainz is performing at one of Oakland’s most iconic music venues, the Fox Theater, this week. On his tour to promote his latest chart-topper, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music, with hits such as “4 AM” featuring Travis Scott and “It’s a Vibe” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Trey Songz and Jhené Aiko. 2 Chainz is a leading figure in the sprawling Atlanta music scene and has lead the resurgence of trap to the foreground of contemporary hip-hop. His Oakland performance will begin at 8 p.m. Monday night. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster starting at $50.

Tuesday, August 15 | Mike Birbiglia: The New One

After popular demand, “Mike Birbiglia: The New One” has extended its run at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre through late August. Birbiglia is best known for his comedy specials such as “Sleepwalk with Me” and “What I Should Have Said Was Nothing: Tales From My Secret Public Journal.” The 70-minute show on Tuesday, presented by the Berkeley Rep, starts at 8 p.m and takes place at the Peet’s Theatre in Berkeley. Tickets range from $45 to $60 — or $35 to $50 if you’re under the age of 30 — and each ticket includes a drink as part of the package.

Wednesday, August 16 | Straight No Chaser and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

YouTube sensations Postmodern Jukebox and Straight No Chaser have joined forces for a concert at the Concord Pavilion this coming Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Postmodern Jukebox, founded by pianist Scott Bradlee, became well-known for reinventing top 40s hits from the likes of Katy Perry and The Strokes, infusing them with elements characteristic of jazz and swing styles from throughout the 20th century. Meanwhile, Straight No Chaser is an a capella group that signed a record deal after going viral for its cover of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” Together, the two groups promise to bring fun, fresh reimaginings of modern music. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

Shannon O’Hara is the assistant arts & entertainment editor. Contact her at [email protected]. Contact Sophie-Marie Prime at [email protected].