Aug. 26-27: TheatreWorks’ ‘Country House,’ Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe

Award-winning playwright Donald Margulies’ dramedy “The Country House,” presented by TheatreWorks, begins previews in Mountain View. (Courtesy Kevin Berne)
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WEDNESDAY AUG. 26
Regional premiere: TheatreWorks’ production of Donald Margulies’ “The Country House,” a Chekhovian dramedy about a family’s reminiscences, opens in previews. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St, Mountain View]

Outdoor cabaret: Bay Area vocalist Sony Holland plays with her quintet in a free lunchtime “People in Plazas” summer concert. [Noon, Civic Center plaza, Grove and Larkin streets, S.F.]

Sexy volume: Author Eric Berkowitz speaks about “The Boundaries of Desire,” his newest exploration into the evolution of sex and follow-up to the best-seller “Sex and Punishment: Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Incredible tale: Randy Blythe, vocalist and lyricist for Lamb of God, signs copies of his memoir, which tells the story of his arrest, incarceration, trial and acquittal for manslaughter in the Czech Republic over the accidental death of a concertgoer. [Noon, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Heavy metal: Slipknot headlines Summer’s Last Stand tour, which also showcases Lamb of God, Motionless In White & Bullet for my Valentine. [6:15 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

Beethoven marathon: The New Esterházy Quartet opens a three-engagement series called “Beethoven: The Late Quartets” with a concert featuring Op. 127 and Op. 130. [8 p.m., Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St., Berkeley]

Crossroads of food and rock ‘n’ roll: Bay Area restaurateurs and impresarios Jordan Kurland, Dave McLean, John Paluska and David Steele, with moderator Dan Stone, discuss the intertwining and increasingly converging worlds of food and music. [7 p.m. Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]


THURSDAY AUG. 27

West Coast comic: Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh. winner of the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2014, has appeared on Gabriel Iglesias’ “StandUp Revolution!” among other shows. {8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Star tracks: Hilary Liftin, a ghostwriter-collaborator specializing in celebrity memoirs, talks about her fun and juicy new novel, “Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Standup comedy: Mo Mandel, the hard-partying host of “Barmageddon” on truTV, headlines a show, with openers Greg Edwards and Eloisa Bravo. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

New classic: Shotgun Players stage acclaimed playwright Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice,” an adaptation of the Greek myth not told through the eyes of her distraught husband Orpheus, as is the case typically, but from Eurydice’s perspective, [8 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave,, Berkeley]

Author and advocate: Civil rights attorney Laura Nicole Diamond, editor of the anthology “Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood,” discusses her debut novel, “Shelter Us.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Words and tunes: Poets David Meltzer and Julie Rogers, accompanied by saxophonist Zan Stewart, play a launch party for their new CD “Two Tone Poetry & Jazz,” with special guests, poets Christopher Luna and Toni Partington from Washington. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F]

Indian music: Mahesh Kale, performer and theoretician, speaks on “Changing Times and Indian Classical Music” as part of the Commonwealth Club’s “Music Matters” series. [6 p.m., 555 Post St., S.F.]

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