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Oct. 25-26: Andy Zaltzman, Barry Eisler, Ibram X. Kendi, Medi-Cal anniversary, Fort Francis, Fort Frances, Jessi Klein

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Andy Zaltzman appears at Cobb’s Comedy Club. (Courtesy David Bebber)
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TUESDAY, OCT. 25

Andy Zaltzman: The British comic brings his politically-themed standup act, “Satirist for Hire,” to The City. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Barry Eisler: The best-selling author (and former CIA operative) launches his 13th thriller, “Livia Lone.” [7:30 p.m.. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Illogical Contraption’s Satanic Halloween Comedy Ritual: Hosts of the underground podcast present a show with a “sick lineup of local comics, sketches, videos, live music, and the warning: A human will be sacrificed onstage.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Ibram X. Kendi: The University of Florida historian discusses his National Book Award-nominated book, “Stamped from the Beginning,” subtitled, “The Definitive History Of Racist Ideas In America.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Medi-Cal anniversary: The program’s 50th year is recognized at an event with state Sen. Mark Leno and officials from the San Francisco Health Plan, Health Plan of San Mateo, and the consumer advocacy group Health Access. [9;30 a.m., Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Ave,, S.F.]

Fort Frances: The indie band from Chicago has found success with its cover of the DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince jam “Summertime” as well as a following in Lithuania. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Holy Sons: The act is the project of Emil Amos (and producer John Agnello), who dig deep into the 1960s-70s songwriter era in the new album “In The Garden.” [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Frankenstein: An encore presentation of the hit National Theatre production directed by Danny Boyle and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller hits the big screen. [7 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dean Karnazes: The ultra-marathoner and Marin County resident speaks about “The Road to Sparta,” an “epic told in parallel narratives” from the perspectives of a modern, and ancient, runner. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Bvld., Corte Madera]


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

Jessi Klein: The “Inside Amy Schumer” head writer, promoting an essay collection called “You’ll Grow Out of It,” appears in conversation with San Francisco writer Chris Colin, whose latest book is “What to Talk About.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

BeneFRIGHT: The fundraiser for the S.F. Neo-Futurists — creators of “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,” an ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes — is a Halloween bash with ghosts, ghouls and interactive art installations. [7:30 p.m., SAFEhouse for the Arts, 1200 Market St., S.F.]

Oasis: Supersonic: The documentary by Mat Whitecross tells the story of the early days of the volcanic British rock band before brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher famously broke up. [7 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St, S.F.]

Barbara Boxer: The California senator, whose 2016 book is “The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life,” appears in conversation with KQED news director Holly Kernan. [Noon, Lafayette Library, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette]

Robert Lang: The origami artist and physicist, who has 50 patents awarded and pending on semiconductor lasers, optics and more, appears in a talk, “Between the Folds of Art and Technology.” [7 p.m., Schultz Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Blind Pilot: The indie-folk pop band’s frontman Israel Nebeker said of its 2016 album “And Then Like Lions”: “It came from love for my family, my town, my friends, my community. We don’t have to be so afraid of loss.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Blitzen Trapper: The Portland, Ore., based experimental country-folk-rock band headlines “Songbook: A Night Of Stories & Songs” with Sera Cahoone. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Julia Fordham: The English pop-folk singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive contralto, and her pianist appear in “Live & Untouched.” [7 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

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