Flea, Ben Folds highlight Jewish Community Center of San Francisco A&E lineup

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Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, Josh Klinghoffer

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Oracle Arena in Oakland on March 12, 2017.

Rock bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and songwriter-pianist Ben Folds highlight the fall arts lineup at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco’s Arts and Ideas program.

Flea, who will speak on Nov. 8 about his life and his memoir, “Acid for the Children.” The book, which will be released Nov. 5 on Grand Central Publishing, goes into depth about the musician’s early eras in Australia and New York, and his final move to Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s. That’s where Flea found a home with artists and drug addicts living on the fringe, and came up with the idea to start a band. Tickets for the show, which range from $75 to $95, are available now.



The Arts & Ideas program kicks off on Sept. 12 with a conversation and performance with Ben Folds. The pianist-singer will speak about his own memoir, A Dream About Lightning Bugs, which reflects on what he’s learned from his career in music. On Oct. 3, Blondie front woman Debbie Harry will speak. That event is sold-out but tickets to a televised viewing event are available.

Other speakers and events include  author Heather Morris, New York Times’ “The Daily” host Michael Barbaro, “Shrill” creator Lindy West, and poet Joy Harjo. Additional events will be announced as the lineup expands. Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at jccsf.org/arts, by phone at 415-292-1233 or in person at 3200 California St. in San Francisco.

The JCCSF’s mission is to enrich, educates and celebrate Jewish culture in San Francisco. The organization hosts events with renowned performers and cultural icons, holiday celebrations and interactive pop-ups inspired by Jewish culture.

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