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Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Alexander, Meraki String Quartets, Serenity: Expressions art show, Raumlichtkunst, Tony Robles, Jenn Pelly, Of Mice & Men, Paws & Pours, Silverstein, Kelly Corrigan

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Alexander String Quartet — from left, Frederick Lifsitz, Paul Yarbrough, Zakarias Grafilo and Sandy Wilson — appears in a San Francisco Performances’ salon with the Meraki Quartet. (Courtesy Shirley Singer)


Alexander and Meraki String Quartets Salon: Alexander String Quartet, San Francisco Performances’ resident ensemble, plays a concert with Meraki String Quartet, a young quartet they have mentored, in a “peek at the bright future of chamber music.” [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Serenity-Expressions: Curator Matt McKinley’s annual exhibit showcasing five Bay Area artists — Roberta Ahrens, Karl Roeseler, Ariel Gold, Matthew Priest and Tachina Rudman-Young, each showing works that “inspire relaxation, well-being and calm” — hosts a reception. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., UCSF Women’s Health Center, 2356 Sutter St., S.F.]

Raumlichtkunst: Curator-archivist Cindy Keefer leads a walk-through of German-American artist Oskar Fischinger’s HD three-projector reconstruction, described as an “extraordinary avant-garde film experience.” [6 to 8 p.m., Weinstein Gallery, 444 Clementina St., S.F.]

Tony Robles: San Francisco’s “people’s poet” reads from his new book of short stories and poems “Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike,” a collection that honors the Frisco Five Hunger Strikers. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jenn Pelly: The author and Pitchfork editor speaks about “The Raincoats,” her book about the female feminist punk band that arose from a basement in London squat in 1979, with rock writer Greil Marcus.[7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Of Mice & Men: The metalcore band from Costa Mesa — vocalist-bassist Aaron Pauley, guitarists Phil Manansala and Alan Ashby and drummer Valentino Arteaga — headlines a bill with Blessthefall, Fire From The Gods and MSCW. [7 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Paws & Pours: The Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market event, a fundraiser for Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, offers drinks and bites from more than 15 bartenders and chefs, plus pups from the San Francisco SPCA. [5:30 p.m., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Silverstein: The Canadian post-hardcore outfit, which offers a bit of hope on its eighth album “Dead Reflection,” co-headlines with Tonight Alive; Broadside plus Picturesque open. [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Reel to Reel: Magic Theatre begins previews of John Kolvenbach’s play, the “story of a 55-year marriage as told through the simple sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments and household noises.” [8 p.m., Fort Mason, Building D, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]


Kelly Corrigan: The Bay Area-based best-selling memoir writer (“The Middle Place” described two battles with cancer) launches her new book, “Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say” in the first of five local appearances. [7 p.m., Danville Congregational Church, 989 San Ramon Valley Blvd, Danville]

Until Every Animal Is Free: Artists and activists working in photography, painting and drawing from Direct Action Everywhere (who are committed to ending the exploitation of animals for food, clothing, entertainment and research) show their work in a show opening with a reception. [6 p.m., Spark Arts, 4229 18th St., S.F.]

James E. Clyburn: The Congress member who represents South Carolina’s sixth district speaks, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center’s Barbara Lee and Elihu Harris Lecture Series. [7 p.m., Merritt College gymnasium, 12500 Campus Drive, Oakland]

Jewish Queer Ritual Objects: A workshop in which participants may make their own ritual objects is headed by artist Nicki Green and scholar Merissa Nathan Gerson, in connection with the exhibit “Sabbath: The 2017 Dorothy Saxe Invitational.” [6 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Pop-Up Magazine: The “live magazine” event hosts photographer David Guttenfelder, writer Jon Mooallem, producer Rose Eveleth, podcast hosts Brittany Luse & Eric Eddings, criminal justice reporter Albert Samaha, filmmaker Veena Rao, reporter Bonnie Tsui, and writer Chris Colin. [7:30 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

Blues, Jazz, & Rock’n’Roll
: Humanities West and San Francisco Jazz Conservatory present a lecture-performance event with Robert Greenberg, The Erik Jekabson Quartet and John Santos. [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

San Francisco Independent Film Fest: The 15-day program opens with a song-and-dance double bill featuring “Stuck,” director Michael Berry’s film about six New Yorkers trapped in a stuck subway car who share their stories via song, followed at 9 p.m. by “Girl Walk//All Day,” in which dancers across New York City’s streets and parks “spread the joy of movement.” [7 p.m., Victoria Theater, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

SFJAZZ Gala 2018: The fundraiser honors Preservation Hall, with a program featuring the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Chucho Valdés, SFJAZZ Collective, Pedrito Martinez, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Big Freedia, Daymé Arocena, Saul Williams and Airto Moreira. [7 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.[

Queens of the Stone Age: The seasoned California alt-metal band led by Josh Homme is promoting its 2017 album “Villains.” [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

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