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Feb. 6-7: Rad Trads, Esmé Weijun Wang, Mark Roller, Kid Koala, Dave Keuning, Robert B. Reich, SF Symphony premiere, SF Tribal and Textile Art Show, Blackberry Smoke, King Dream, Claire George

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Brooklyn’s The Rad Trads, with the new album “On Tap,” play Bottom of the Hill. (Courtesy Fanatic)


Rad Trads: The indie-rock-Americana group from New York has been described as “Wilco at the circus,”“The Band meets Miles Davis, and “the greatest band you’ve never heard of.” [8:30 p.m., Bottom of The Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Esmé Weijun Wang
: The San Francisco writer discusses her new, personal volume of essays “The Collected Schizophrenias,” which one critic called “a heartbreaking and honest collection about chronic mental illness and its effects.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Drink Beer & Make Stuff: Anchor Public Taps hosts fun do-it-yourself craft projects led by local makers the free “Workshop Wednesday” drop in session.[5:30 to 8:30 p.m., 495 De Haro St., S.F.]

Roberta Smith, Jason Andrew
: New York Times art critic Smith and curator Andrew appear in a free lecture related to the Anderson Collection’s exhibition on abstract Modernist American painter Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007), who continues to influence contemporary artists. [6:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Mark Roller-Recent Works: Running through March 23, the painter’s exhibit of “serial portraits” of his wife, Colette Crutcher, opens; a reception and artist’s talk is slated for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday. [9 a.m. to noon, Think Round Fine Arts, 2140 Bush St., Suite 1, S.F.]

Kid Koala: The producer heads up a listening party and conversation; his show “Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall” — a performance based on a graphic novel with puppets, theater, video and live acoustic and electronic music — runs Thursday through Sunday at SFJAZZ and Feb. 13-14 at Hammer Theatre in San Jose. [7 p.m., Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Dave Keuning: The Killers’ founding member and guitarist plays from his debut solo album “Prismism.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Badfish: The Sublime tribute band’s show has been moved from August Hall. [7:30 p.m., Rickhaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

National Geographic Live: Kobie Boykins, an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, offers an update on the latest chapter in Mars exploration. [7:30 p.m., Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

Robert B. Reich: The public policy scholar and U.S. Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton speaks about his new book “The Common Good”; he also appears at 7 p.m. Thursday at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Randall Museum Friends: The nonprofit group supporting the children’s science and arts center holds a public information session with a review of the past year and a presentation of plans. [6 p.m., Randall Theater, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Parker Gispert: The frontman of Athens, Ga-bred garage rockers The Whigs plays from “​Sunlight Tonight,” his new spare, gentle solo album. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Adrianne Lenker: The moody new solo album from the Big Thief vocalist is “abysskiss.” [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]


San Francisco Symphony: The program features the premiere of Steve Mackey’s “Portals, Scenes and Celebrations,” a commission for music director Michael Tilson Thomas’ 75th birthday, as well as violinist Gal Shaham performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show: A benefit cocktail party and preview kicks off the four-day, 33rd annual event, featuring offerings from dozens of dealers and top galleries including carvings, rugs, pottery (and more) from Africa, Asia, North and South America, India, Indonesia and Oceania. [5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Blackberry Smoke
: The 15-year-old Southern rock band has grown from a “rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock ‘n’ roll juggernauts.” [8:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Gnash: The Los Angeles singer, songwriter and producer (of “i hate u, i love u” with Olivia O’Brien fame) is on his The Broken Hearts Club tour; Australian pop act Mallrat (aka 20-year-old Grace Shaw) opens. [7:30 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Platform: FACT/SF, a dance troupe headed by Charles Slender-White, begins its season with an hour-long duet choreographed and performed by Slender-White and Liane Burns set to Holly Herndon’s electronic 2015 album “Platform”; the evening also includes a reception. [7 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

King Dream, Rainbow Girls: The new psych rock project of Bay Area songwriter Jeremy Lyon appears on a bill with the eclectic folk trio; they met in 2011 while their bands were busking at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

People’s Future of The United States: Contributors Charlie Jane Anders and Gabby Rivera and Arly Sorg appear to launch the new short story collection, subtitled “Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lost In Z Space: Kat Robichaud’s Misfit Cabaret opens a two-week run of a new musical theater, rock and vaudeville show based on everyone’s favorite science fiction movies and TV shows. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Astute: The “intelligent, provocative, stand-up comedy” show for “people who like big words” features Joe Klocek and Justin Lockwood. [7:30 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Show Me as I Want to Be Seen: Opening Thursday and running through July 7, the exhibition of works by 20th-century French Jewish artist and activist Claude Cahun and her longtime partner, Marcel Moore, and pieces by 10 contemporary artists, explores the fluidity of gender identity. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Claire George: The synth pop artist, formerly of the San Francisco act Heartwatch, releases her solo EP “Bodies of Water,” opening a sold-out Popscene show with Drama. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

National Theatre Live: A film of London’s Bridge Theatre production of “Allelujah!,” English writer Alan Bennett’s play about an old-fashioned hospital threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive, screens. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

A White Girl’s Guide to International Terrorism: San Francisco Playhouse’s premiere by Chelsea Marcantel, about a Louisiana woman whose prospects for the future look bleak until her YouTube channel attracts a mysterious commenter, opens in previews. [7 p.m., Creativity Theater, Yerba Buena Gardens, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

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