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Oct. 12-13: Operatronica, Alice Waters, Robert Scheer, Nightlife LIVE, Tech in the Age of Trump, Raj Patel, Tom Stienstra, Ben Gleib, Bobby Slayton, Zoppe Italian Family Circus

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SF Opera Lab presents a pop up at the Mezzanine in The City; a party in March in Oakland is pictured. (Courtesy Kristen Loken)
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THURSDAY, OCT. 12

Operatronica: The SF Opera Lab dance party combining opera and electronica features San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows (performing excerpts from the upcoming opera “Girls of the Golden West” and more) and the Loves Company DJ crew. [9 p.m., Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F.]

Alice Waters, Robert Scheer: The chef, author, food activist and founder of Chez Panisse and award-winning activist, journalist and editor appear in a City Arts & Lectures presentation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

NightLife LIVE
: The California Academy of Sciences’ final event of the season features a shoegaze performance from DIIV and Black Marble in the West Garden and a DJ Set by Chulita Vinyl Club. [6 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Tech in the Age of Trump: The Litquake event and Logic magazine release party features tech writers Ben Tarnoff, Nellie Bowles, Lee Fang, Kim-Mai Cutler, Caroline O’Donovan and Julia Carrie Wong. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Raj Patel: The scholar, activist and author speaks on “A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet” in a Commonwealth Club event. [7 p.m., Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Tom Stienstra: The Emmy-winning writer and outdoorsman shares personal photos as well as stories of hikes, rivers, fishing and encounters with nature’s habitats. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Ben Gleib: The comic, formerly of “Chelsea Lately” and current host of “Idiotest” on the Game Show Network, brings his standup act to town. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Bobby Slayton: The veteran performer known as the “Pitbull of Comedy” opens a three-night engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, OCT. 13

Zoppé-An Italian Family Circus: The 175th anniversary presentation, which runs through Oct. 29, includes equestrian showmanship, acrobats, canine capers and the antics of Nino the Clown! [4 and 7 p.m., Circus tent, Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City]

Eddy Portnoy: The scholar shares his book “Bad Rabbi: and Other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press,” which exposes the seamy underbelly of pre-World War II New York and Warsaw, major centers of Yiddish culture. [12:3O p.m.,Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Diane Ravitch: The scholar and author of “The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education” appears with Jitu Brown, head of Journey for Justice campaign, speaking on “The Fight For Public Education.” [7:30 p.m., Oakland Technical High School, 4351 Broadway, Oakland]

Exit Through the Adoption Center Cocktail Party: The SPCA kicks off a weekend of free adoptions with bash featuring furry friends, cocktails and artsy activities. [6 p.m., SPCA Mission Campus, 201 Alabama St., S.F.]

Underground Under Review: The “Ghost Ship aftermath documentary” by Zack Bateman, “a thesis on the state of the underground scene” in the wake of the devastating Oakland fire, screens. [8 p.m., Uptown Nightclub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Making Luck-A Comedy Fundraiser for Refugees and Immigrants: The benefit features standup comics Emily Catalano, Andrew Orolfo, Omar Quereshi, Nicole Calasich and Dro Knows. [9:30 p.m., PianoFight 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Reflections: Curated by Shirin Makaremi, the mixed media group show by six artists, “a response to police brutality, Standing Rock, the election of Trump, and other events in America in the past year,” opens with a reception. [6 p.m., Incline Gallery, 766 Valencia St., S.F.]

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
: Riccardo Muti conducts the first of three different programs (Rossini’s Overture from “William Tell,” the local premiere of a work by Elizabeth Ogonekall and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4) of a three-day residency. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

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