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Jan. 18-20: Gilda Live, Baron Vaughn, Alison Carpenter Davis, Nick Harkaway, Daniel Ellsberg, Adieu Monsieur, Harriet’s Spirit, Bands Together!, Pride & Joy, Peter & the Starcatcher, Laramie Project

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The Incidentals play a benefit for North Bay fire survivors on a bill with Lazy Governors at Amnesia on Jan. 19. (Courtesy photo)


Gilda Live: The rarely-seen 1980 one-woman show by comedian Gilda Radner, which included her signature “Saturday Night Live” characters with original song-and-dance numbers, is the subject of a film class led by Jewish Community Library director Howard Freedman. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.]

Baron Vaughn: The actor from TV’s “Grace & Frankie” and the voice of Tom Servo in the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 headlines a SF Sketchfest standup show, with Adrian McNair and Irene Tu. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Alison Carpenter Davis: The author speaks about her book, “Letters Home From Stanford,” a collection correspondence of generations of Stanford students spanning 125 years; visit https://historicalsociety.stanford.edu/ to register. [5 p.m., Stanford Law School, F.I.R. Hall, Room 190, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford]

Nick Harkaway: The British commentator and novelist (author of the spy thriller “AngelMaker”) is promoting his new book “Gnomo,” about a detective’s unconventional murder investigation in a place where surveillance is ubiquitous. [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Daniel Ellsberg: The famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower and former high level defense analyst discusses his new book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner,” his first-hand account of the U.S. nuclear program in the 1960s, at the ticketed talk. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute Library, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Adieu Monsieur Haffmann: Generation Theatre kicks off a three-week run of its U.S. premiere of a new French play — a dramedy “about love, fear and strange bedfellows set in World War II Paris” — in French with English supertitles. [7:30 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Opera Parallele: The troupe’s student program premieres “Harriet’s Spirit,” an opera by composer-bassist Marcus Shelby and librettist Roma Olvera about a contemporary young woman who is inspired by a historical incident in the life of Harriet Tubman. [6 p.m., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Peter and the Starcatcher: Hillbarn Theatre opens a three-week run of the Tony Award-winning adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels that tell the back story of the character Peter Pan. [8 p.m., 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

The Motherf***er with the Hat
: Four Lost Souls productions opens a three-week run of Stephen Adly Guirgis’ dark comedy that deals with love and addiction in New York City. [8 p.m., Mojo Theatre, 2940 16th St., #217, S.F.]


Bands Together!: The fundraiser for North Bay fire relief features Bay Area bands The Incidentals (a “moody noirish dance-party”) and Lazy Governors, playing gypsy jazz, standards and swing. [8:30 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

America’s Got Talent Open Auditions: Performers 18 and older are invited to try out for Season 13 of the TV program. [8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Friday Night at the Art Center: “Through That Which Is Seen,” a group exhibit of sculpture, photography, painting and video spotlighting the use of dioramas in contemporary art, opens with a celebration. [7 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto]

The Laramie Project: On the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was brutally beaten in Laramie, Wyoming, Palo Alto Players present the drama based on interviews done with townspeople in the wake of the crime. [8 p.m., Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show: The event geared toward the masses (21 and older) features work by dozens of emerging artists, live body painting, live DJS, and a hotcake bar. [8 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Josh Ritter: Appearing with the Royal City Band, the Americana singer-songwriter, who’s celebrating 20 years in the recording business with “Gathering,” kicks off a two night engagement, with opener Nicki Bluhm. [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

The Road to Mecca: Pear Theatre opens a four-weekend run of Athol Fugard’s drama about a South African pastor and a young teacher from Cape Town who battle over the fate of an eccentric elderly widow. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

Megabytes! The Musical: Veteran musical-comedy writer Morris Bobrow (who penned long-running revues “Foodies! The Musical” and “Shopping! The Musical!” is back with another romp, taking on the tech industry. [8 p.m., Shelton Theater, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Kambara + Dancers: The inaugural season of the contemporary troupe led by Yayoi Kambara features the premiere of “IKKAI:Once,” drawn from experiences of Japanese Americans interned during World War II. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3253 17th St., S.F.]

Phoenix Recital Symposium: The Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute presents a concert of young singers performing arias by Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Mendelssohn, Wagner and more. [7:30 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Jazz in the Neighborhood: Clarinetist Ben Goldberg plays from the new CD “Ben Goldberg School, Vol. 1” with Kasey Knudsen on alto sax, Jeff Cressman on trombone, Rob Reich on piano and accordion, David Ewell on bass and Hamir Atwal on drums. [8 p.m. Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F.]

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players:
The program includes large-scale, boundary-pushing classical works by John Zorn and Frederic Rzewski, maverick vocalist Meredith Monk, Pulitzer Prize-finalist Don Byron’s “7 Etudes” and works by Bay Area composers Ryan Brown and Vivian Fung. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


E-Waste and Document Collection: The public may bring outdated or broken appliances, office and electronic equipment for recycling, and paper for shredding, at modest cost. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Shops at Tanforan, 1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno]

Pride & Joy: The veteran Bay Area cover band is known for its high-energy delivery of Motown and pop from the 1970s-90s, great for dancing. [9 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Circuit de Yeux: The alt-indie project of Haley Fohr released the 2017 album “Reaching for Indigo,” with its haunting, minimalist video, “Brainstorm.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

South Pacific: Musical theater troupe 42nd Street Moon and the Peninsula Symphony perform the famed Rodgers & Hammerstein score in concert. [8 p.m., Flint Center, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino]

Misuzu Tanaka: The award-winning pianist appears in a recital of works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Liszt and Janacek, presented by Sunset Music & Arts. [4 p.m., Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Symphony Silicon Valley: Conductor John Nelson leads a program featuring Christine Lamprea in Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor. [8 p.m., California Theatre, 345 S. First St., San Jose]

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