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Jan. 10-11: Vintage Toy Buying Show, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Janie Chang, Everyone Deserves a Home, Mark Shaw, Michael C. Healy

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“America’s Toy Scout” Joel Magee is buying vintage stuff in the Bay Area this week; today and Wednesday in San Bruno, Thursday in San Francisco and Friday in Alameda. (Courtesy photo)


Vintage Toy Buying Show: In an event described as “‘Antiques Roadshow’ meets Vintage Barbie,” America’s Toy Scout Joel Magee offers on-the-spot cash payments for popular 20th century toys, including “Star Wars” action figures, Transformers, Hot Wheels and 1960s comic book collections, [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Courtyard San Francisco Airport, 1050 Bayhill Drive, San Bruno]

Arlie Russell Hochschild: The Bay Area sociologist speaks about “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right,” in which she describes her journey from her progressive hometown of Berkeley into conservative Louisiana and takes on the question: “Why do the people who would seem to benefit most from liberal government intervention abhor the very idea?” [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Janie Chang: The best-selling Canadian author of “Three Moons” known for her historical fiction is promoting her new novel, “Dragon Springs Road.” [7:30 p.m.. Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Everyone Deserves a Home: An event corresponding with the exhibit of photographs by Audra Miller (and coordinated by Ariel Fortune and Lauren Hall) offers visitors the opportunity to meet the formerly homeless San Franciscans whose portraits and oral histories comprise the show. [4 p.m., Latino Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Son of the Velvet Rat: The band, the project of Austrian songwriter Georg Altziebler and his wife Heike Binder on organ and accordion, appears on a bill with Step Jayne and Dan Cantrell. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Zadie Smith: The award-winning English novelist (“White Teeth”), essayist and short story writer appears in a sold-out City Arts & Lectures presentation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Bay City Blues with Chris Cain: The evening’s special guest is Chicago blues guitar veteran Rockin Johnny Burgin. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Mark Shaw: The former criminal defense attorney and legal analyst discusses his new work “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]


Michael C. Healy: The longtime transit agency spokesman speaks about and signs copies of his new book “BART: The Dramatic History of the Bay Area Rapid Transit System.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Carousel: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical comes to the big screen for its 60th anniversary, featuring an interview with star Shirley Jones. [2 and 7 p.m., Century at Tanforan, 1188 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel: The former chief health policy advisor to the Obama administration (aka the “Obamacare architect”) speaks on “Transforming Health Care Post-Affordable Care Act” at a sold-out presentation. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Crimes of the Heart: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley begins preview performances of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy about three sisters who reunite in a small Mississippi town. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Omar Saif Ghobash: The United Arab Emirates ambassador to Russia, guest on the weekly show “In Deep with Angie Coiro,” discusses letters he has written to his sons about what it means to be a Muslim in the 21st century. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Pacifica Quartet: The ensemble plays works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Ravel in the winter Music@ Menlo program. [7:30 p.m., Center for Performing Arts at Menlo-Atherton, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]

2001-A Space Odyssey: Director Stanley Kubrick’s “mind-bending masterpiece and landmark in film history” starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood and “the soothing voice of Douglas Rain” opens a two-night run on the big screen. [6 and 9 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Tim Lee: The “scientist turned comedian” closes a two-night engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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