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May 25-26: Out of Darkness, Autolux, Mark Kurlansky, James Madara, Stephen Furey, Jessica Fichot

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Soprano Caitlin Lynch appears in “Out of Darkness,” a Holocaust-themed world-premiere opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. (Courtesy photo)
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25

Out of Darkness: The opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer, a world premiere commissioned by Music of Remembrance, is based on a true story of a woman whose poems became anthems of defiance among her fellow prisoners in Auschwitz. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Autolux: The alt-rock, electronic band’s 2016 recording “Pussy’s Dead” includes “angled sonic collages built around uneasy, often beautiful arrangements.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Mark Kurlansky: The best-selling author of “Cod” and “Salt” talks about his new book, “Paper: Paging Through History,” presented by the Commonwealth Club. [7 p.m., Schultz Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

James Madara: The doctor and CEO of the American Medical Association comments on how to bring down the costs of medicine while still treating patients with high standards. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

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Stephen Furey: The local comedian hosts an evening of standup with his friends. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Charles Wheelan: The economist from Dartmouth College talks about his book “Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters.“ [Noon, Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Robbie Tripp: The San Francisco author discusses “Create Rebellion,” described as an “avant-garde stream of consciousness” that seeks to inspire creative minds to listen to their inner desires, to be disruptive, and to disregard those who don’t see the beauty of their vision. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Pico Iyer, Geoff Dyer: The City Arts & Lectures program is a “Ping Pong competition” and conversation with Iyer, author of “The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere” and Dyer, author of “White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, MAY 26

Jessica Fichot: Drawing from her French and Chinese heritage, the chanteuse performs a combination of French chanson, 1940s Shanghai jazz, swing and international folk. [8 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

Frightened Rabbit: The Scottish indie rock band (promoting the new album “Painting of a Panic Attack”) headlines a show with New York-based indie rockers Caveman. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Diplomats: Martin Schwartz’s wild farce, set “somewhere in Central Asia” in 2005, follows hapless cultural attachés as they fail to put on a comic theater festival with the collaboration of a corrupt local government. [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The group, a New Orleans institution that defines the tradition of Crescent City music, opens a four-night residency. [7:30 p.m., Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

The Future of Reviewing Theater: The S.F. International Arts Festival presents a panel discussion featuring local theater critics Karen d’Souza, John Wilkins, Rob Hurwitt and Barry Willis. [6 p.m., Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Plague Vendor: The post punk band from Whittier, playing from the new album “Bloodsweat,” opens for Refused, a Swedish hardcore punk band established in 1991; The Coathangers also appear. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F]

Phonographic Memory: Equipto of Bored Stiff, Penelope Houston of The Avengers, DJ Jeno of Wicked Sound System and Stephanie Ornelas, founder of The Vinyl Exchange magazine, tell stories about making records in an event celebrating the library’s 20th anniversary. [6:15 p.m., Latino Heritage Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

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