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Jan. 11-12: Pacifica Quartet, FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala, Dean Karnazes, Crimes of the Heart, Carousel, Omar Saif Ghobash, John Paul White

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Music@Menlo presents the Pacifica Quartet in a concert of works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Ravel. (Courtesy Lisa-Marie Mazzucco)
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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11

Pacifica Quartet: The acclaimed Indiana-based Jacobs School of Music ensemble plays German, Russian and French masterworks 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]

FOG Design+Art Fair Preview Gala: Visitors may inspect the wide range of design objects, furniture and fine art before the show opens to the public at the $175 (and higher) per person party, with proceeds benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. [7 to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

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Dean Karnazes: The best-selling author and endurance expert talks about his memoir “The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World’s Greatest Footrace.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., 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]

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]

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.]

Battle of the Centuries: The chamber group Classical Revolution and the gallery Monroe SF start up the free ($5-$20 donation suggested) weekly Wednesday event showcasing the greatest hits “of the 1700s to today.” [8 to 11 p.m., 473 Broadway, S.F.]

THURSDAY, JAN. 12

John Paul White
: The musician of The Civil Wars fame has a new solo album “Beulah,” a “collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy Southern rock, lonesome campfire songs and dark acoustic pop.” [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Lance-scape Architecture: More than 70 works made in seven years by artist Lance Rivers, who re-imagines San Francisco and the East Bay, are on view in the exhibition, which opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Creativity Explored Gallery, 3245 16th St., S.F.].

Fungus Among Us NightLife: The science bash includes talks by Seth Peterson on the ecology of mushrooms. TED speaker Jae Rhim Lee, inventor of the mushroom infinity burial suit (which turns dead bodies into compost), Noah Siegel, author of “Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast” and a DJ set by Andy Cabic of Vetiver. [6 to 10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Shipwreck Presents The Little House on the Prairie: The once-a-month literary erotic fan-fiction event in which writers destroy notable characters from one great books tackles the classic by Laura Ingalls Wilder. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Brian Fishman: The Menlo Park-based counter-terrorism expert speaks about The Islamic State of Iraq: its origins, operations and internal disputes that may lead to its demise. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Monotone-Silence Symphony: The work by French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962), a pioneer in performance art, minimal art and pop art, consists of a single-20-minute sustained chord followed by 20 minutes of silence; to reserve for the free concert, visit rsvp.artsy.net/monotone-silence-symphony. [6:30 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

ArtHaus: The gallery opens two shows: a 20th Anniversary Exhibition (of works in various media by artists including Carolyn Meyer, Lucky Rapp, John Wood, Serena Bocchino, Marc Lambrechts, Gioi Tran, Astrid, Patter Hellstrom, Maxine Solomon, Adam Kurtzman and Andrea Arroyo) and paintings by Jhina Alvarado, with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., 411 Brannan St., S.F.]

Love Sick: The new musical play, inspired by the ancient Hebrew text “The Song of Songs,” opens with a preview performance. [7:30 p.m., Osher Studio, 2055 Center St., S.F.]

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