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Feb. 21-22: Schwabacher Recital Series, Girlpool, George Saunders, Lee Bruno, Howl box set, Lee Ann Womack, San Francisco Symphony

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Swiss-French flutist Emmanuel Pahud plays the Herbst Theatre with pianist Alessio Bax on Feb. 21 (Courtesy Fabien Monthubert)

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Flutist and pianist: Swiss-French flutist Emmanuel Pahud and Italian pianist Alessio Bax play works written for other instruments, exploring how the flute can bring out seldom explored facets of familiar pieces, including those by Mozart and Schubert. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Schwabacher Recital Series: Emerging talents Jana McIntyre, soprano, and Andrew G. Manea, baritone, perform Hugo Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch” in the opera series’ first program of the season. [7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Girlpool: The folk-punk duo consisting of Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad, participants in the Noise Pop festival, have released a dreamy-sounding new track, “Picturesong,” with contributions from Dev Hynes of Blood Orange. [7 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

George Saunders: The author and Man Booker Prize recipient, whose books include “Lincoln in the Bardo,” “Tenth of December,” and “In Persuasion Nation,” speaks about his work. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Robert Aquinas McNally: The locally based nonfiction writer discusses “The Modoc War,” his book about one of the nation’s costliest campaigns against North American indigenous peoples. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Richard Wolff: The Marxist economist, known for his work in economic methodology and class analysis, gives a talk, sponsored by KPFA, about how change is needed in order to reverse economic downturns and inequality. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Lee Bruno: The local author presents his new book, “Misfits, Merchants, and Mayhem,” a collection of essays and historic photographs reflecting nearly a century of waterfront history. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason: The U.C. Berkeley professor and economist discusses why the information revolution has become scary, filled with fake news and deceptive information. [12:30 p.m., Freight and Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]


Thursday, Feb. 22

Howl box set: Special guests provide remarks and readings in celebration of the release of the deluxe vinyl box set containing a reproduction of Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s 1959 LP recording of the groundbreaking “Howl and Other Poems.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lee Ann Womack: The singer-songwriter, whose latest album, “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone,” contains original and cover material and a blend of country, jazz, gospel, and blues, brings her “All the Trouble” tour to San Francisco. [9 p.m., the Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Willy Vlautin: The author, who has cited John Steinbeck, Barry Gifford, and Sam Shepard as influences, discusses “Don’t Skip Out on Me,” his novel about a young ranch hand who sets out to become a champion boxer to prove his worth. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Photofairs San Francisco: The contemporary photography fair opens its four-day run with a “First Look” night benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s photography program. [5 to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: The rock band, a participant in the Noise Pop festival, has been playing bluesy, psychedelic garage-rock for 20 years and is currently promoting its latest album, “Wrong Creatures.” [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Adam Smyer: The author, in conversation with Carol Hood, talks about his debut novel, “Knucklehead,” a story about a young African-American attorney struggling to keep his cool during the politically turbulent 1990s. [7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books, 2349 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

San Francisco Symphony: Concert includes Leonard Bernstein’s “Divertimento” and “Serenade” and Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 5.” Guest violinist: Vadim Gluzman. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Roseann Lake: The journalist discusses “Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World’s Next Superpower,” her book about China’s first generations of only-daughters, the result of China’s one-child policy. [7:30 p.m., the Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Ocean Film Festival preview: Presidio Live program provides an advance look at the 2018 International Ocean Film Festival, which features ocean-themed independent films from around the world. [7 p.m., Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.]

Steve Hackett: The progressive-rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist performs a concert of music encompassing his career with Genesis Revisited, along with solo numbers and a little GTR. [8 p.m., U.C. Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

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