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Gigantic ferns leaned over us. [...] that was, after all, the literary world of the man who wrote the story collection “Jesus’ Son” — the landscape left to us after we got kicked out of Eden and had to make our way through the wreckage we had made. [...] yet there was often a sense in his writing that Johnson, who died May 25 at 67, could feel the grace and light shining through that wreckage and that he wanted to show us a way through to that grace and light. Ours was a relationship based on the correspondence of two writers — a patient master and a fumbling apprentice. Somehow I figured out that DJ lived up there, and so I fired off an email to him through his agent, fully expecting to receive no response. [...] for a long long time — several months — that’s exactly what happened (or didn’t happen). [...] an email appeared from “DJ” apologizing for the delay — due, as it turned out, from having contracted some kind of terrifying illness when in the Congo researching the book that would become “The Laughing Monsters,” and then offering to help however he could. [...] yet he gave me what time I asked for, patiently answering questions about Idaho and his own research for his Vietnam War novel “Tree of Smoke” (which won the National Book Award in 2007), and being, in general, exactly the guy you’d hope he would be: kind, patient, responsive, polite, wonderful. Ah, and another memory: this of reading “Train Dreams” out loud, in its entirety, to Pam Houston as Pam drove us over the spine of the Rockies one dark summer night. (click for more)

The latest (that I’ve seen, anyway) in the long tradition of Woody Allen movie knockoffs is Demetri Martin’s “Dean,” a slightly better than middling comedy-drama that never quite rises to “good.” There are decent Allenesque situations and humor, but they are undermined by some flat jokes, a running gag that goes on too long and a tearjerker strain toward the end. Martin is a multi-threat (stand-up comic, actor, artist, writer, musician etc.) performer and one-time law student who sports a Beatles’ cut and had his own show on Comedy Central. “Dean” is also the name of Martin’s character, a young Brooklynite struggling to complete a sequel to a popular book of cartoons he drew. A main thread is his relationship with his father, played by Kevin Kline, who is still struggling to cope with the death of his wife and Dean’s mom. [...] he’s intrigued enough to put off his return to New York, where his dad has put the family home up for sale (after trying and failing to get his son to discuss the issue), and has taken a romantic interest in his real estate agent (Mary Steenburgen). The comic mood dominates most of these proceedings, but there’s also a bittersweet air as both son and father come to realize they are still fully in mourning. (click for more)

“Goodfellas”: One of director Martin Scorsese’s best films. 6:45 p.m. Castro Theatre, S.F. www.castrotheatre.com San Francisco Symphony: Concertmaster Alexander Barantschik leads the orchestra in music by Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach. 8 p.m. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F. www.sfsymphony.org Pop-Up Magazine: This magazine qua live performance features short stories from writers, filmmakers, radio producers and artists, all backed by multimedia and a live score performed by Magik*Magik Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. $35-$55. Curran Theatre, S.F. www.popupmagazine.com (click for more)

The 42-year-old singer-songwriter is on tour in support of his 16th studio album, “Prisoner,” which arrives in the aftermath of his divorce from singer-actress Mandy Moore. The downbeat songs, such as “Do You Still Love Me” and “Haunted House,” are mired in self-reflection and self-pity, but on tour Adams is a gregarious host. Playing extended sets that reach back into the farthest corners of his career, he liberally dishes out beloved covers and rarities alongside classics from his breakthrough solo albums 2000’s “Heartbreaker” and 2001’s “Gold.” (click for more)

Union Street Music Festival offers 2 days of free live music The annual Union Street Festival gets revamped as the — wait for it — Union Street Music Festival, with a renewed emphasis on music in its 41st year. Set to take place on Saturday-Sunday, June 3-4, the long-running San Francisco street fair that takes place on the retail corridor between Gough and Fillmore is going to pump up the volume with a slew of free live music by local acts such as Jinx Jones & the KingTones, the Grand Nationals, the Midnight Nasties, and others. (click for more)

ODC presents daring new works at festival The Walking Distance Festival at ODC has a lot to offer in two weekends, including new works by FACT/SF and the Foundry. The Foundry, under the direction of Alex Ketley, will present the multimedia “Deep South,” the last piece in a trilogy about what dance and performance mean to people from the rural United States. On both Saturdays of the festival, which begins Friday, June 2, and runs through June 10, Zaccho Dance Theatre, under the tutelage of choreographer Joanna Haigood, will present for free excerpts from the 2013 installation “Between Me and the Other World,” followed by Soul to Soul: (click for more)