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Jan. 3-4: Mugwumpin’s In Event of Moon Disaster, Dirty Show, Shen Yun, Harlow’s Monkeys, SFAI’s In Around Beyond, Mars Express, Sesame Street Live!

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Theater-performance troupe Mugwumpin begins previews of its space-themed world premiere “In Event of Moon Disaster” at Z Below. (Courtesy Battista Remati)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3

In Event of Moon Disaster: Innovative troupe Mugwumpin opens previews of its world-premiere “immersive theater experience” about “space exploration, contingency planning and the watchful eye of the moon,” a production co-presented by Z Space and Intersection for the Arts. [7 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

The Dirty Show: The evening of “free standup comedy in a porn bar” features special guest Joe Bartnick, along with Eloisa Bravo, Joe Nguyen, Larry Dorsey Jr. and hosts Zack Chapaloni, Joe Gorman and Joey Avery. [8 p.m., Kozy Kar Bar, 1548 Polk St., S.F.]

Shen Yun: Organizers call the classical music and dance performance a “window into China’s 5,000-year divinely-inspired authentic culture” and a “unique entertainment with stunning beauty, creativity and energy.” [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Harlow’s Monkeys: The “genre-bending rock and roll four-piece fronted by Bay Area native Tommy P” headlines a show with indie singer-songwriters Sarah Summer, Corey Leiter and RJ Bracchitta. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Will writing workshop: Stuart Bronstein, estate planning and probate lawyer in The City for more than 30 years, shows how to create a functional will in the first-come, first-seated session limited to 25 participants; bring a blue non-erasable pen. [6 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

In Around Beyond: Running through Jan. 19, the group exhibition, which celebrates San Francisco Art Institute’s new campus, features work by 19 artists and is curated by SFAI’s Katie Hood Morgan. [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., SFAI Main Gallery, Pier 2, Fort Mason, S.F.]

Mars Express: The East Bay-based band, with singer Sara Remington, keyboardist Marcelino Quiroz, drummer Kris Jones and bassist Mike Toth, plays a blend of electric jazz, funk and soul [9:30 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Ben Franklin Circles: The every-first Wednesday of the month Commonwealth Club program gathers people to “discuss the most pressing philosophical and ethical issues of our time with the goal of improving ourselves and our world.” [6:30 p.m., 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

THURSDAY, JAN. 4

Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!: “Sesame Street” pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and others appear in “new sensory adventure live onstage” and dance party with live emcees Casey and Caleb. [6:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Pacific Mambo Orchestra: The Grammy-winning, Bay Area-based Latin dance music band, featuring special guest vocalist Herman Olivera, opens a two-day, three show engagement. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Avid Dancer: The indie-blues-rock musician (aka Jacob Summer, a former Marine and snare drum player) headlines a concert with San Francisco-based “pyschedelic seajazz collective” Loco Tranquilo and five-piece rock band Locus Pocus. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Peter Claver Community Artist reception
: Students who are residents of Catholic Charities Peter Claver Community attending art classes taught by Stan Stone celebrate “Patchwork,” a show which collects their work. [6 to 9 p.m., Spark Arts, 4229 18th St., S.F.]

Miya Ando: The artist’s exhibit “Oborozuki” (“Moon Obscured by Clouds”) — including paintings on aluminum inspired by “The Tale of Genj” and running through Feb. 22 — opens, and a reception is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 6. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Nancy Toomey Fine Art, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Silicon Valley Auto Show: The four-day display of hundreds of the latest cars, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, test drives, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, custom rides and examples of the cutting-edge technology, opens. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St., San Jose]

Dan Soder: The comic of MTV2’s “Guy Code” fame, and actor in the Showtime drama “Billions,” opens a three-night standup engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Swamp Child: The San Francisco based rock band combines “the soulful, dreamy pop influence of New Orleans-born singer Brandi Cheek and the Chicago garage blues sound of guitarist Robb Hagle.” [8:30 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

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