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Nov. 8-10: Poem Jam, She Kills Monsters, Bieke Depoorter, K2, San Mateo Harvest Festival, Daniel Illig, Circus Center Cabaret, Annie, RAWDance, Dirty Nil, Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show, SFAI Student Art Sale, Bacon and Beer Classic, Renegade Craft SF, Cecile Licad, Daniel Barenboim

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Handmade gift items for sale and fun activities are on the bill of the San Mateo Harvest Festival, running Nov. 9-11 at the San Mateo Event Center. (Courtesy Harvest Festival)

THURSDAY, NOV. 8

Poem Jam: San Francisco’s Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and special guests Kitty Costello, Norm Mattox and Maya Cisneros appear at the Main Library’s monthly reading series. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, lower Level, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

She Kills Monsters: Foothill Theatre Arts stages the comedy by Qui Nguyen (“Vietgone”), described as an “homage to Dungeons & Dragons, teen alienation, love and loss.” [7:30 p.m., Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

Bieke Depoorter: The Belgian artist, a member of Magnum Photos and winner of the Larry Sultan Photography Award, lectures. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

K2: In the play by Patrick Meyers, two climbers are stranded on an icy ledge at 27,000 feet on the second highest mountain in the world; patrons are advised to dress warmly for the show. [8 p.m., Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Push Me Pull You: The exhibition by ALEXANDMUSHI (Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James), “artists as anthropologists” whose recent works are “playful” exercises “of connection and communication,” opens with a reception. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Modernism Inc., 724 Ellis St., S.F.]

Beyond Borders Storytelling Workshop: The free session is for “anyone who wants to become a better storyteller and learn how to spice up their public speaking”; RSVP required: beyondbordersstorytelling.org. [6:30 p.m., Hostelling International, 1212 Market St., third floor, S.F.]

The Paper Kites: The indie rock-folk band from Melbourne headlines a concert with Toronto-based Americana band Wild Rivers opening. [8 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show: Jackie Keliiaa hosts the party, with comedian Jack Keliiaa, the trio-vocal group Thunderbirds Raised Her and winners of American Indian Film Festival honors. [7 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Cutting Ball Variety Pack: The innovative theater company kicks off its 11-day festival — “half shindig, half artistic salon” — with
“Short Cuts,” an evening of four short pieces led by four different directors. [7 p.m., 277 Taylor St., S.F.]

Jess-A Family Collection: An exhibit of paintings, drawings and collages by the seminal Bay Area artist, along with ephemera documenting his relationship with his partner (poet Robert Duncan) and their family friends — whose contributions form the show — opens with a reception. [5:30 p.m., Hackett Mill, 145 Natoma St., S.F.]

A History of World War II-The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin: John Fisher, director of San Francisco’s long-running queer Theatre Rhinoceros, begins previews of his solo show, an amalgamation of fun facts and personal revelations about the global conflict. [8 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

The White Elephant Archive: In his show, Eduard Freudmann uses his family’s archive (including poems his grandfather wrote while imprisoned in concentration camps) to explore his family’s silence about the Holocaust and his own attempt to understand the burden of the legacy. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

FRIDAY, NOV. 9

San Mateo Harvest Festival: Hundreds of artisans and crafters offer “a bevy of one-of-a-kind gifts” at the annual three-day sale, which also offers a hands-on KidZone, refreshments, music by Zydeco Flames and comedy by John Park. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Daniel Illig: The 2014 vocal graduate of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts appears in concert with pianist Barry Lloyd, singing tunes by Stephen Sondheim, the Great American Songbook, opera “and everything in between.” [8 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Circus Center Cabaret: Bay Area circus performers appear in a show accompanied by chanteuse Leanne Borghesi and the Roger Glenn Trio and a full bar. [8 p.m., 755 Frederick St., S.F.]

Honoring Our Ancestors by Fighting for the Future: SOMArts’ 19th Día de Los Muertos exhibit, one of the most diverse Day of the Dead celebrations in the U.S. with works by dozens of artists, closes with a ticketed reception. [6 to 9 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F],

Palmyra Delran: The trash pop artist from New York, aka the “Lucille Ball of rock ‘n’ roll” appears in a Little Steven’s Underground Garage presentation with Soraia and honeychain. [6 p.m., Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St., S.F.]

Reginald & Ruckus-Werewolf Hunters: The Moonrisers stage he West Coast premiere of the comedy by Christopher Magee about two men on the trail of a carnage-causing beast. [7:30 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

Winnie Nieh: The soprano appears in recital to benefit International Rescue Committee’s Vision Project, which helps refugee girls in the Bay Area. [7:30 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 495 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: “Vivaldi the Teacher,” a concert for violin, violoncello and oboe, includes works by Vivaldi, Corelli and Geminiani. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Telegraph Quartet: San Francisco Conservatory of Music presents the chamber group in a free concert of music by Eastern European modernist composers Antonin Dvorak, Erwin Schulhoff and Georges Enescu. [7:30 p.m., Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Jane Lee Hooker: One critic called the New York all-girl group’s sound “fierce modern blues with an aggressive rock and roll edge.” [9:15 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Donna the Buffalo: The Americana dance band’s newest recording “Dance in the Street” was engineered by Rob Fraboni, who produced “The Last Waltz” soundtrack. [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Annie: Pied Piper Players open their two-weekend run of the musical in which Little Orphan Annie finds the meaning of family. [7 p.m., Bayside Performing Arts Center, 2025 Kehoe Road, San Mateo]

Aura Fischbeck Dance: The contemporary group kicks off weekend run of “Dusk,” an evening-length premiere for four performers “for the time when the light is fading.” [4:30 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

RAWdance: The monthly salon of contemporary dance showcases works in progress and “refashioned” pieces by Kaitlyn Ebert, Liss Fain Dance, OOMPH Dance Theater, REACH BC Dance Company and Soulskin Dance. [8 p.m., Green Room, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Nana Adjoa: The indie Dutch singer-songwriter, who studied jazz (electric bass and double bass) at the Amsterdam Conservatory, is on her first U.S. tour, opening for New York experimental band City of the Sun. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Lucero: The Memphis rock-alt country quintet’s latest album is “Ghosts.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

The Dirty Nil: The 2017 Juno Award “Breakthrough Group of the Year” winner — known for indie rock fuzz-bombs and shout-along choruses — is on its first U.S. headlining tour. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

StringShot: Blues slide guitarist-producer Roy Rogers, Brazilian guitar virtuoso and songwriter Badi Assad and South American stringed harp master Carlos Reyes join forces. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]


“The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show” — Chelsea Wellott, left, and Kailah Cayou are pictured — runs at the Children’s Creativity Museum Theater in San Francisco through January. (Courtesy Melissa Nigro)

SATURDAY, NOV. 10

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show: Bay Area Children’s Theatre opens its nine-week holiday run of the show with actors and giant puppets based on beloved stories by author-illustrator Eric Carle. [10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m., Children’s Creativity Museum Theater, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive: San Francisco Public Library hosts Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, who explored the famous route and wrote a book about it, telling stories about their journey in a program with visuals. [10:30 a.m. to noon, Latino/Hispanic rooms, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

SFAI Student Art Sale: San Francisco Art Institute’s free two-day event at its new campus offers visitors the chance to explore studios and purchase works by dozens of emerging artists. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pier 2, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Renegade Craft SF: Some 200 artisans and crafters sell ceramics, paper items, bath and body products, home furnishings, apparel, accessories, glass art, textiles, fiber arts, leather goods and more. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Bacon and Beer Classic: More than 100 beers from regional breweries, dozens of bacon dishes from local chefs, a home brewing demonstration, a Hormel bacon eating contest, lawn games, music are on tap at the $60 to $115 event, with afternoon and evening admission times. [Noon to 10 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Monti: Multi-media San Carlos artist and former firefighter Christopher Montalvo hosts a reception for a show of his works, which combine self-made typography, paint, ink, hand-pulled silk screens and resin. [5 to 7 p.m., Andra Norris Gallery, 1107 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Corkscrewed Comedy: Marcus Williams, Annick Adelle, Katy Karns, Kevin Renner, Tracy Nguyen and Joseph Ugalde appear in the free standup show. [9 p.m., InnerFog Wine Bar, 545 Irving St., S.F.]

Diane Samuels-It’s a Long Story: Running through Feb. 3, the show of mixed media work by the Pennsylvania-based artist with texts of iconic pieces of literature is centered by a 47-foot long transcription of Melville’s “Moby Dick.” [Noon to 5 p.m., Institute of Contemporary Art, 560 S. First St., San Jose]

Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline: Running through March 17, the exhibition explores connections between art and science through fantastica renderings by artist Ray Troll and research by paleontologist Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

International Taiko Festival: Opening a two-day run, the 50th anniversary drumming production features Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and special guests. [7 p.m., Performing Arts Center 600 N. Delaware St., San Mateo]

The Goodguys 29th Fuelcurve.com Autumn Get-Together: The two-day gathering showcases more than 2,500 American made or powered hot rods, customs, classics, street rods, muscle cars, trick trucks and more. [8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton]

Mister G: The Latin-Grammy winning children’s musician plays a fun show for families to releases his environmentally themed new album “Fireflies.” [1 and 2:30 p.m., Children’s Discovery Museum, 180 Woz Way, San Jose]

Cecile Licad: The pianist performs a recital in a fundraiser toward the purchase of a new Steinway concert piano in honor of the Mission Dolores Basilica’s 100th anniversary. [7 p.m., 3321 16th St., S.F.]

Film School: Noise Pop presents the band, playing from its fifth album “Bright to Death,” with its “signature layered sonic tones, psychedelic atmospheres and seductive melodies.” [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

The Hip Hop Nutcracker: The holiday mash-up for families combines Tchaikovsky’s classic score with “explosive” hip hop choreography. [7 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

John Craigie: One writer described the Oregon-based singer-songwriter as “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg with a vagabond troubadour edge.” [8 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Rufus Wainwright: The Grammy-winning songwriter is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut self-titled album and its follow-up “Poses.” [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Guided by Voices: Robert Pollard has reunited his 1990s indie band, with a lineup including former members Doug Gillard and Kevin March, as well Mark Shue and Bobby Bare Jr. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Crazy for You: Bay Area Musicals begins a six-week run of the Tony Award-winning romantic comedy with famous tunes by the Gershwins. [8 p.m., Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., S.F.]

Daniel Barenboim: The conductor and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra — a group of Arab and Israeli musicians — make their West Coast debut. [3 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

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