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Oct. 17-18: Big Harp George, Tom Morello, Chanticleer, Harvey Quaytman, Hottman Sisters, Renee Linnell, Eric Lindell, SF Girls Chorus, Mike Reiss, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live, Bruce Franklin

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Renee Linell discusses “The Burn Zone,” her memoir about life in a cult, at Books Inc. in the Marina on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17

Tom Morello: The guitarist, co-founder of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, plays from his recording “The Atlas Underground Experience,” a collaboration with Gary Clark Jr., Big Boi, Bassnectar and others. [9 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Chanticleer: The male a cappella chorus’ 40th anniversary gala and reunion concert includes performances, archival audio-visuals and special guests. [7:30 p.m., Wilsey Center, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Harvey Quaytman-Against the Static: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive open the first comprehensive retrospective of work by the painter, whose 1960s-70s vast geometric canvases experiment with color and movement. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

The Hottman Sisters: Jessica and Heather from Omaha, Neb. head up the three-piece pop rock band, whose sound boasts “melodic guitar, synth and tight harmonies.” [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Tove Styrke: The 25-year-old Swedish electro-pop singer first came to fame on TV’s “Swedish Idol.” [8 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Shalinee Kumari: The Indian artist demonstrates the process of Mithila painting in conjunction with the exhibit “Painting Is My Everything.” [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Gabriella Cohen: On her new album “Pink Is the Colour of Unconditional Love,” the Australian pop-rocker combines strings, bossa nova grooves and rock ‘n’ roll. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

We Banjo 3, Skerryvore: The Irish group that calls its sound “Celtgrass” combines forces with the Scottish eight-piece band, playing an “eclectic fusion of rock, pop and traditional.” [7:30 p.m., Montalvo Arts, 15400 Montalvo Road, Saratoga]

Mayday Parade: The alt-rock band from Florida’s new recording “Sunnyland” takes its name from an abandoned hospital where the band, explored as teens. [7 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Bluesman Big Harp George plays Wednesday in Redwood City, part of a series of local shows to release “Uptown Cool.” (Courtesy Biscuits and Blues)

Big Harp George: The San Francisco Bay Area blues singer, songwriter and harmonica player (and professor emeritus at UC Hastings School of Law) plays to release his new album “Uptown Cool. [7 p.m., Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

THURSDAY, OCT. 18

Renee Linnell: The author reads from her memoir, “The Burn Zone,” which vividly details the seven years she spent in a cult, and how she got out of it and survived. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Eric Lindell: The renowned roots rocker (and San Mateo native) releases his new Alligator Records album, “Revolution in Your Heart”; modern soul-funk singer Sam Ravenna opens. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

San Francisco Girls Chorus: The group opens its 40th season with a showcase saluting French composer Nadia Boulanger led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe and guest tenor Nicholas Phan; the program also offers works by Copland, Bernstein, Barber, Conte and Talma. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, S.F.]

Mike Reiss: The Emmy-winning former head writer for “The Simpsons” appears in a ticketed Litquake program to promote his new book “Springfield Confidential.” [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live: Running through Nov. 3, the D’Arcy Drollinger high-camp show — part drag, part swashbuckler and part horror-fantasy sendup — parodies the 1990s supernatural TV series [8 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

Bruce Franklin: The Bay Area scholar and former U.S. Air Force officer speaks about “Crash Course: From the Good War to the Forever War,” his book that examines how the U.S. has become entrenched in a permanent war culture. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Laundry and Bourbon, Lonestar: The double bill of one-act comedies by James McClure, both set in Texas, opens a weekend run. [6:15 p.m., Firescape Theatre, Beverly Hills Playhouse, 414 Mason St., fifth floor, S.F.]

Whethan: Ethan Snoreck, the 19-year-old DJ and producer originally from Chicago, is known for his remix of the track “XE3” by Mssingno. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Isca Greenfield-Sanders-Inherited Landscape: The artist opens an exhibit of recent watercolors, depictions of the American landscape inspired by found amateur photography from the 1950-60s, with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., Berggruen Gallery, 10 Hawthorne St., S.F.]

Monthly Make event: The Dia de Los Muertos-themed Museum of Craft and Design participatory program offers the chance to create beeswax candles, pumpkin décor, mythical creatures, paper marigolds and mini altars. [6 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Alice Walker: KPFA presents the novelist of “The Color Purple” fame discussing her new English and Spanish poetry collection “Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart” with poet Nina Serrano. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Orgone: The Afrobeat, funk and soul band from Southern California draws from sounds from the 1960s through ‘90s. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Lightning Strikes Anonymous: Dance and physical theater troupe 13th Floor’s show about addiction addresses the question, “What if getting struck by lightning felt so good, you wanted to do it over and over again?” [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

The Homophobes-a clown show: Director Dino Dinco’s presentation is a “transcendent trans-comedy of errors featuring mad ministers, divine interventions, confused angels and maybe even the antichrist.” [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

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