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Oct. 11-13: The Obligation, Noises Off, Zoppe Italian Family Circus, Wesley Tongson: The Journey, Renee Elise Goldsberry, ArtHaus Gallery Reopening, Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, SF Open Studios 2018, Cuddle Me Festival

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The 48th annual Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival Oct. 13-14 celebrates the great gourd with a big lineup of displays and activities. (Courtesy Miramar Events)

THURSDAY, OCT. 11

The Obligation: Roger Grunwald begins a three-week encore run of his Holocaust remembrance, a one man-show in which he plays several characters. [8 p.m., Potrero Stage, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Noises Off: Hillbarn Theatre opens its run of the award-winning farce about itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” [8 p.m., 1285 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

King Lear: Ian McKellen stars in the National Theatre Live screening of the Chichester Festival Theatre production. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

Call Her Ganda: The League of Filipino Students Women’s Committee hosts a free screening of the documentary commemorating the life of Jennifer Laude, a transgender Filipina killed by a U.S. Marine in 2014. [7 p.m., Main Library, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Departera: Teatro Visión’s Spanish and English world-premiere, a “witty, modern take on Día de los Muertos with music, touching stories and diverse characters,” opens a two weekend-run. [8 p.m., 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose]

FRIDAY, OCT. 12

Zoppe: An Italian Family Circus: Opening a run through Nov. 4, the 176th anniversary presentation (the 11th time in Redwood City) offers equestrian showmanship, acrobats, canine capers and the antics of Nino the Clown. [4 and 7:30 p.m., Circus tent, Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City]

Wesley Tongson: The Journey: The retrospective exhibit of work by the late Hong Kong-based contemporary ink artist known for innovative techniques opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor, Hilton Hotel, S.F.]

Renee Elise Goldsberry: The Tony Award-winning actress who played Angelica in “Hamilton” appears in solo concert. [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Big Harp George: The San Francisco Bay Area blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player (and professor emeritus at UC Hastings School of Law) releases the album “Uptown Cool.” [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

ArtHaus Gallery Grand Reopening: James Bacchi and Annette Schutz open their new site with a reception for “FAST FORWARD: NEW space/NEW work,” a rotating exhibit featuring gallery artists Carolyn Meyer, John Wood, Gioi Tran, Riis Burwell, Mirang Wonne, Marc Lambrechts, Deborah Brown, Serena Bocchino, Chris Schiavo, Andrea Arroyo and Maxine Solomon. [6 to 8 p.m., 228 Townsend St., S.F.]

Problematic Play Festival: The weekend-long series of staged readings of works deemed “problematic” by some theater producers and directors begins with “Phosphorescence,” a “hallucinatory journey through a soldier’s decaying mind” loosely based on the Abu Ghraib scandal. [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Tenet Vocal Artists: The New York-based early music vocal ensemble collaborates with Baroque instrumental ensemble Quicksilver in a program of Italian Baroque music. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Oakland Symphony: Music director Michael Morgan conducts Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony and Stewart Goodyear playing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

San Francisco Greek Film Festival: The 10-day event opens with a screening of “The Last Note,” a film about the execution of dozens of Greek resistance fighters and Communists by German occupiers in May 1944 in Kaisariani as reprisal for resisting Nazis. [7 p.m., Letterman Digital Arts Center, 1 Letterman Drive, S.F. Presidio]

Stenberg-Cahill Duo
: Violinist Kate Stenberg and pianist Sarah Cahill, dedicated to promoting the American experimental tradition, play a concert including the premiere of Canadian composer Aaron Gervais’ “Talking in Circles.” [8 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Friday Night Flights
: Circus Center guests 21 and older are invited to play with circus toys, watch clowning, try a swing on a flying trapeze and enjoy beer or wine. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 755 Frederick St., S.F.]

Matt Tasley: The Marin County artist opens his one-person art show “Children Hold our Future” with a reception. [5 to 10 p.m., Marin Fencing Academy, 827 Fourth St., San Rafael]

Hamlet: Ubuntu Theater Project opens its four-week production of Shakespeare’s famed tragedy, directed by and featuring Ubuntu executive director Michael Socrates Moran in the title role. [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

Art Guild of Pacifica: The group’s 60th annual Members Show opens with a reception, an adjoining gallery is the site work by 59th Annual Awards Artists Laura Lee Green, Alice Kelmon, Andrew Leone and Rick Lucia. [7 to 9 p.m., Sanchez Art Center, 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Ryan Ahern: The pianist’s sound has been described as what would result “if Liberace and Brian Setzer had a baby and named Jerry Lee Lewis as the godfather.” [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Hedda Gabler: Pear Theatre kicks off a three-weekend run of Henrik Ibsen’s intense drama with artistic director Betsy Kruse Craig in the title role; a champagne reception follows the show. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

Centre for Emotional Materiality: The art and research project exploring the role technology serves in humans’ emotional lives — including the experimental Awoke, a mythical artificial emotional intelligence — opens with a reception and performance. [7 p.m., Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St., S.F.]

Fickle Friends: The catchy four-person pop band from Brighton, England which formed in 2013 signed to Polydor Records after years of touring and appearing in dozens of festivals. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Jennifer L. Holm: The three-time Newbery honor-winning California writer speaks about the “The Third Mushroom,” the sequel to her best-selling “The Fourteenth Goldfish,” a novel for middle-school readers. [5 p.m., Reading Bug, 785 Laurel St., San Carlos]

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival: At the 48th annual festivities, the world pumpkin capital celebrates the gourd with a parade on Saturday (Hunter Pence is grand marshal), pumpkin displays, carving, food, drink, exhibits, green products, kids events, costumes, contests and entertainment. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Main Street, between Miramontes and Spruce streets, Half Moon Bay]

SF Open Studios 2018: ArtSpan kicks off five weekends with an ArtLaunch Party with DJ music and dancing; this weekend’s open studios are in the Marina, Russian Hill, North Beach, Pacific Heights, Western Addition, Downtown, Tenderloin, MIDMA, SOMA, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Upper & Lower Haight, Buena Vista and Cole Valley. [6:30 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.; www.artspan.org]

Cuddle Me Festival: SF SPCA celebrates its 150th anniversary with a free party including yoga with cats, a beer garden, dog costume contest, paint your pet workshops and opportunities to cuddle with adoptable animals. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., SPCA, 201 Alabama St., S.F.]

Brews on the Bay 2018: San Francisco Brewers Guild presents the 15th annual $50-$100 ticketed event in which a wide variety of local craft beer is on a poured on a World War II ship. [1 to 5 p.m., S.S. Jeremiah O’Brien, Pier 45, S.F.]

The World of Charles and Ray Eames: Running through Feb. 17, the exhibit of furniture, installations, photos, drawings and more explores the partners whose collaborations and were among the 20th century’s most influential contributions to the design world. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

Sharon Isbin, Romero Lubambo: The Grammy winning classical guitarist and Brazilian jazz master play an array of guitar music in an Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presentation. [7:30 p.m. Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu: The clarinet (Manasse) and piano (Nakamatsu) duo plays works by Brahms, Chopin, D’Rivera, Goodwin and Novacek in Steinway Society concert. [7:30 p.m. McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga]

El Rio’s 40th Birthday Bash: The neighborhood dive bar with a great patio celebrates with music by Swagger Like Us, Soulovel, MANGO, Hard French and SAZON LIBRE. [2:30 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Paseo Artístico: Precita Eyes unveils a new mural on Balmy Alley, “Women of the Resistance” by Lucia Ippolito, followed by a talk and a block party. [11:15 a.m., 50 Balmy St. (at 24th Street), S.F.]

Vanessa Huang: The writer reads from “Quiet of Chorus,” her debut poetry collection, with Tongo Eisen-Martin. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

The Big Draw: The Walt Disney Family Museum and Presidio Trust co-sponsor the free family event, offering special activities as part of the world’s largest drawing festival. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 104 Montgomery St., S.F. Presidio]

Mission Milonga: The participatory tango dance and music gathering features guitarists Hernan Reinaudo and Scott O’Day and dancers Maxi Copello and Raquel Makow. [8 p.m., Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F.]

2020 or Bust!-Stop Climate Change Now!: The campaign — to generate awareness and action to bridge the emissions gap by 2020 and end the climate crisis — hosts an information session. [5 p.m. Latino Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Pendred Noyce: The author of “Inventors, Makers, Barrier Breakers” speaks about her book, which includes a section on her father Robert Noyce, who invented the microchip and co-founded Intel. [Noon to 4 p.m., Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose]

Mutiny at the Stockade: San Francisco Presidio commemorates the 50th anniversary of a sit-down protest by 27 prisoners in the Presidio Stockade with a free panel discussion including some of the event’s participants. [7 p.m., Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F. Presidio]

Fall Ball: The Society of Single Professionals invites people all ages to the seasonal dance. [8 p.m., Golden Gate Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, 1250 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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