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Jan. 23-24: Fog City Magic Opening Gala, Django Reinhardt Birthday Bash, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Seascape, SF Ballet Opening, Gina Yashere, Michael Levitin, Midi Matilda, Richard Schwarzenberger, Filmspeed

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Jay Alexander headlines opening night of the Fog City Magic Fest, an “evening of magic, mischief and variety” kicking off four days of fun. (Courtesy photo)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23

Fog City Magic Opening Gala: Marrakech Magic Theater’s Jay Alexander heads up the opener to the fourth annual festival of magic and mystery, joined by Andrew Evans, Adam Cheyer, Grumpy Princess and New York City’s Peter Samelson. [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Django Reinhardt Birthday Bash: Noise Records and CinemaSF present live jazz by Daniel Brown & the Bday Rep Band followed by a screening of 2017’s “Django,” a film by Étienne Comar chronicling how the musician and his family escaped German-occupied Paris in 1943. [7 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore: The writer of the Lambda Literary Award-winning memoir “The End of San Francisco” reads from her new novel “Sketchtasy.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Seascape: American Conservatory Theater begins previews of its run of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning satire about a newly retired couple interrupted at the beach by huge talking lizards. [8 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

San Francisco Ballet Opening Night Gala: “This Is Passion” includes a performance, preceded and followed by black-tie festivities — cocktail, dinner and an after party — at City Hall. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Gina Yashere: SF Sketchfest presents the British correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in its “Best of Edinburgh International Spotlight”; local Karinda Dobbins also is on the bill. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Open Stage: Organizers at the experimental art center CounterPulse promise “another evening of body-based and poetic expression — courtesy of our weird and radical community”; admission is free. [6 to 8 p.m., 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Week to Week Roundtable: Pepperdine University assistant dean and lecturer Carson Bruno, senior political writer Carla Marinucci and KCBS political reporter Doug Sovern are on the panel. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

Michael Levitin: The Berkeley journalist speaks about his debut Berlin-set novel “The Disposable Man,” which he says is “about family history, the Holocaust and modern masculinity and its discontents — among other things.” [6:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Midi Matilda: San Franciscans Skyler Kilborn and Logan Grimé call themselves an “unconventional but extraordinarily catchy electro-pop duo that’s more than happy to do everything themselves: songwriting, instruments, audio engineering, producing, video production, artwork, even live shows.” [8:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Richard Schwarzenberger: The writer reads from his new San Francisco-set novel “City of Disappearances,” about the connection between 19-year-old Roxanne, whose rent for her closet dwelling eats up all of her paycheck, and Martin, who’s a generation older and “similarly untethered.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Filmspeed: The Detroit power trio calls its music “two parts Motown, one part Tinseltown, all parts moving.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

AI/Facial Recognition in Criminal Justice: The Mid-Peninsula ACLU Volunteer Chapter hosts a panel addressing legal battles and ethical concerns surrounding the use of the technology. [6:30 p.m., Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto]

Mirrors, Pillows, and Closed Eyes: Bay Area artist and educator Lola Fraknoi presents a collection of enigmatic monoprints and sculptures; the show runs Jan. 24 through March 10, a reception is slated for 2 p.m. Jan. 27. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Museum Studios Gallery, Peninsula Museum of Art, 1777 California Drive, Burlingame]

Deathchant: Opening for Glitter Wizard, the Los Angeles psychedelic metal unit’s self-titled debut album is “equal parts paranoia and transcendental harmony.” [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Lynn Marie Kirby: The performance artist opens a show in which she tries to recover the emotional heart of Giovanni Bellini’s “Madonna and Child,” which was stolen from a church in Venice in 1993, with guest vocalists from the San Francisco Girls Chorus. [6 to 8:30 p.m., Manresa Gallery, St. Ignatius Church, 650 Parker Ave., S.F.]

A Conversation on Hans Hofmann: Stanford and UC Berkeley scholars Alexander Nemerov and Lucinda Barnes discuss the modern master’s “Fall Euphony,” a painting in the upcoming exhibition “Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction” at the UC Berkeley Art Museum. [6:30 p.m., Denning Family Resource Center, Anderson Collection, 314 Lomita Drive, Stanford University]

The Crown Remnant: The Los Angeles-based five-piece’s second album “The Wicked King: Part II” combines “metallic influences ranging from modern metalcore and prog to thrash and more.” [6 p.m., Noise, 3427 Balboa St., S.F.]

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