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Jan. 9-10: A+: Works By Susan Hauptman, Irene Pijoan & Richard Sheehan, Kongos, Diet Cig, Gigi Pandian, Mark Freedman, Marilyn Wong-Catching Spirit, Wanderlust: New Paintings by Carolyn Meyer, Chicks With Guns, On Cinema at the Cinema

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San Francisco Art Institute opens an exhibition “A+: Works By Susan Hauptman, Irene Pijoan & Richard Sheehan” at its Fort Mason gallery; a detail from Pijoan’s “Cutting From A Gradual” is pictured. (Courtesy SFAI)


A+: Works By Susan Hauptman, Irene Pijoan & Richard Sheehan: Curated by Jeremy Stone, the exhibition by San Francisco Art Institute faculty who in the 1980s took “traditional subject matter of landscape, still life, self-portrait, and abstraction” and “blew it to smithereens,” opens with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., SFAI Main Gallery, Fort Mason, Pier 2, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Kongos: Rocking brothers Johnny, Jesse, Dylan and Danny Kongos, the sons of British singer-songwriter John Kongos who grew up in London and South Africa and are now based in Arizona, recently released the album “1929: Part 1.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Diet Cig: The band, “here to tear you away from the soul-sucking sanctity of your dumpster-fire life and replace it with pop-blessed punk jams about navigating the impending doom of adulthood” headlines a Rickshaw Stop 15th anniversary show also featuring The She’s and Topographies. [8 p.m., 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Gigi Pandian: The Agatha Award-winning author speaks about “The Alchemist’s Illusion,” the new installment her Accidental Alchemist mystery series. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

A Gay Old Time: LGBTQ comics Ronn Vigh, Karinda Dobbins, Casey Ley, Natasha Muse and host Irene Tu do standup. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Better Luck Next Time!: Storytellers reveal their most epic failures and what they’ve learned from them in the show. [7 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.

Mark Freedman: The head of Encore.org, “an innovation hub tapping the talent of people ages 50 and older as a force for good,” speaks about his book “How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Public Speaking for Authors: Bay Area Authors Guild Member and Speaker Hall of Fame member Sheila Murray Bethel shares her expertise on skills most important to writers. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Stalker: A new digital restoration of the 1979 science fiction and philosophical art film by Andrei Tarkovsky, “a religious allegory, a reflection of contemporary political anxieties and a meditation on film itself,” screens. [7 p.m., McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, 1150 25th St., Building B, S.F.]

A show of recent abstract works on paper by Marilyn Wong opens at Creativity Explored on Jan. 10. (Courtesy photo)


Marilyn Wong: Catching Spirit: The show of work by the artist, whose layered compositions are inspired by pop culture, opens with a reception. [7 to 9 p.m., Creativity Explored 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Wanderlust: New Paintings by Carolyn Meyer: ArtHaus opens the solo exhibit of work by the Bay Area artist, who was inspired by her daily commute from Marin to San Francisco as well as her travels to New York and Italy, with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., 228 Townsend St., S.F.]

Chicks with Guns: The gallery show of paintings by Lindsay McCrum, a portrait of women firearm owners in America, kicks off with a reception. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Modernism, 724 Ellis St., S.F.]

On Cinema at the Cinema Live: In the multimedia stage presentation, hosts Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington and cast members of the AdultSwim.com TV show serve up “a mega dose of the movie expertise and colorful disagreements that you’ve come to expect.” [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Modest Heroes: Studio Ponoc, the Japanese animation outfit with artists including Studio Ghibli alumni, screens the anthology of three tales exploring heroism in everyday life, presented by Fathom Events, with subtitles. [7 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Plastic China: The film about a small-town plastic recycling facility opens “Turn It On-China on Film, 2000–17,” a free, three-week documentary series of 20 independent Chinese films accompanying the exhibit “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.” [6 p.m. (talk), 7 p.m. (screening), Phyllis Wattis Theater, first floor, S.F. Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Comedy at Ashkenaz: Celebrating its first anniversary, the every-second-Thursday standup show features Johnny Steele, Bernadette Luckett, Matt Gubser and host Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

Women on the Keys: Erika Oba, Nichole Boaz, Richelle Scales, Helen Orzel, four powerhouse Bay Area keyboard players with styles ranging from jazz and funk to soul and fusion, appear. [8 p.m., Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Ave., Albany]

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