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Aug. 8-9: Les Misérables, Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders, Longest Straw, Marisa Anderson, Hunter Hayes, Fiona Davis, Miracle Mile, Lomelda, Spelling, Anthony Gomes, Paul Kremer

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Fan favorite “Les Misérables” returns to San Francisco’s Orpheum. (Courtesy Matthew Murphy)


Les Misérables: Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon — the show is the fifth longest-running Broadway production of all time — opens a three-and-a-half week run. [7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Anniversary! Stories by Tobias Wolff and George Saunders: Word for Word, the classy San Francisco literary troupe celebrating 25 years, begins preview performances of its fall presentation of stories by two favorite authors: Wolff’s “Deep Kiss” and Saunders’ “Victory Lap.” [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

The Longest Straw: The documentary follows the 65-day journey of a woman who walks the entire 338 mile length of the Los Angeles Aqueduct to explore the source of the city’s water. [6:30 p.m., Farallon Room, Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, 2 Beach St., S.F.]

Marisa Anderson: The Portland guitarist is known for her “undeniable mastery of North American traditions of country, folk, and blues.” [7:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Hunter Hayes: The young country star and multi-instrumentalist opens the 32nd annual Concerts at Wente Vineyards season of performances in the winery’s picturesque outdoor amphitheater. [8:15 p.m., 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore]

San Francisco Cannabis Trivia Night: Technology cannabis company Eaze presents the session, including “testing our knowledge of all things cannabis” as well as food and drinks. [6 p.m., Hotel Zeppelin, 545 Post St., S.F.]

Permanently Temporary-Living with Rising Seas: Elaine Forbes, director of the Port of San Francisco and Greg Dalton, founder of Climate One, discuss impacts of a $425 million bond measure to fortify the aging seawall providing flood protection to downtown San Francisco. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Hop Along: Members of the indie folk-rock band from Philadelphia say their third studio album “Bark Your Head Off, Dog” addresses “disappointment, particularly in man’s misuse of power.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Washed Up on the Potomac: San Francisco Playhouse begins preview performances of the premiere by Lynn Rosen about a budding novelist, a wannabe rock star and wallflower dreamer who are proofreaders in a Washington D.C. office. [8 p.m., Custom Made Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Menage a Ha: Billed as “a unique comedy experience,” the show for 21 and older offers hilarious comedians and delicious burlesque numbers by the “extremely delightful ladies” of the Carmel Delights Dance Company. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2018

Fiona Davis: The New York City-based author speaks about “The Masterpiece,” her new historical novel about a lost art school within New York’s Grand Central Terminal. [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Miracle Mile: Director Steve De Jarnatt and Noir City’s Eddie Muller speak at a 30th anniversary screening of the apocalyptic thriller starring Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lomelda, Spelling: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts and Noise Pop present a free concert featuring the projects of indie musicians Hannah Read and Tia Cabral. [7 p.m., McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th St., Building B, S.F.]

Anthony Gomes: The Toronto singer-songwriter-guitarist earned best musician honors in the 2017 European Blues Awards and established Music Is the Medicine, a foundation dedicated to healing through the power of music. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Paul Kremer: “Stacks, Slopes and Streams,” an exhibit of recent paintings and works on paper by the Houston-based artist working in color field and minimalist styles, opens with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., Berggruen Gallery, 10 Hawthorne St., S.F.]

Rad Plaid: The singer-songwriter showcase featuring Socorra, Elissa Sun, Christine Tence and Salami Rose Joe Louis is presented by WomenCrush, a group supporting rising female artists and building community around local music. [8 p.m., Bar Fluxus, 18 Harlan Place, S.F.]

Ladies Sing the Blues: Vocalists Kim Nalley and Denise Perrier and saxophonist Houston Person appear in a multi-faceted show about the blues. [8 p.m., Feinsteins at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Small Business Expo: The event offers networking opportunities and more than 25 workshops and presentations from industry-leading speakers and experts with products and services dedicated to helping businesses excel. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Expo Hall, San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

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