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Oct. 27-28: Elixir of Life, Scaregrove, Boo!, Dustbowl Revival, Berkeley Festival of Ideas, Ragged Wing Ensemble, DJ MK, Soft White Sixties, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts opening

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“Elixir of Life,” a free outdoor show set in the Victorian era, is onstage at Washington Square this weekend. (Courtesy photo)

FRIDAY, OCT. 27

Elixir of Life: The free outdoor show by the theater collective Idiot String is set in a “late-Victorian outpost where mysteries are part of the fabric of life and an old-fashioned tonic might do a body good.” [6:30 p.m. Washington Square, Filbert and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Scaregrove: The S.F. Recreation and Parks Department’s Halloween bash includes a costume contest and parade, haunted houses, hay rides, carnival rides, giant inflatables, food for sale and entertainment. [3 to 9 p.m., Stern Grove, 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, S.F.]

Boo!: The ghoulish Halloween electronic concert features Dillon Francis, What So Not, A-Trak, Loudpvck, Graves and Judge. [6 p.m., Bill Graham Civic, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Dustbowl Revival: The eclectic Los Angeles-based eight piece band is known for its “vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Uncharted-The Berkeley Festival of Ideas: The two-day event, in its fifth year, presents leading thinkers in intimate, on-stage conversations about key issues as well as performances, arts spotlights and hands-on labs. [9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St.; Berkeley Rep, 2025 Addison St., Berkeley]

Ragged Wing Ensemble: The troupe opens “Multiverse,” a multidisciplinary performance piece about scientists-turned-astronauts who go on a journey “through multiple realities (dystopian, strange, beautiful, comic) in search of a kinder, freer world.” [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

DJ MK: Detroit-born producer Marc Kinchen is known for the 1990s dance hits “Always” and “Love Changes.” [9:30 p.m., Audio SF, 316 11th St., S.F.]

The Soft White Sixties: The newest tune by the retro rock-soul band is “Brick by Brick,” which addresses Donald Trump’s proposed wall between the U.S. and Mexico. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

The Used: The sound of the Utah band — vocalist Bert McCracken, bassist Jeph Howard, drummer Dan Whitesides and guitarist Justin Shekoski — has been described as emo, post-hardcore, punk and alt-rock. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, OCT. 28

McEvoy Foundation for the Arts: A large new gallery founded by Nion McEvoy of Chronicle Books — with a mission to display selections from the McEvoy Family Collection as well as contemporary visual, film and literary arts — opens its inaugural show, “la mère la mer,” with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., 1150 25th St., S.F.]

Vevo Halloween-The Other World: Khalid, Aminé, Jessie Reyez and Julia Michaels appear at the entertainment company’s flagship Halloween event. [7 p.m., Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond]

San Francisco Financial Planning Day: Certified professionals offer free one-on-one counseling and financial workshops. [9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

YBCA 100 Summit: The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts program addressing “Shifting Social Change & Shaping the Future of Culture” includes talks, panels and performances by Jill Soloway, Abdi Soltani, Boots Riley, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Lil Buck, Saul Williams, Samora Pinderhughes, Staceyann Chin and others. [12:30 to 7 p.m., YBCA, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Action Bronson
: The hard-working rapper has a new album (“Blue Chips 7000”), a debut cookbook, a Viceland TV show under his belt and “another in the works.” [9 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish: The evening of standup features Italian, African American, Indian and Vietnamese American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Samson Koletkar and Joe Nguyen. [7:30 p.m., Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, S.F.]

The Broken Badge: San Leandro Players stage the turn-of-the-century comic melodrama, a story of a lost love, a “rehabilitated” villain, a jilted woman and a framed sheriff. [8 p.m.m San Leandro Museum, 320/324 West Estudillo Ave., San Leandro]

BATS Improv: The improvisation group appears in a specially formatted show based on “The Bechdel Test,” based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s critique of popular fiction, which asks whether at least two women talk to each other about something other than a man. [8 p.m., Bayfront Theater, Building B, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Paul Cauthen: The co-founder of the Americana duo Sons of Fathers has released his long overdue solo debut “My Gospel,” which Rolling Stone said, is a “triple-barreled blast of Texas country, soul and holy-roller rockabilly, delivered by a big-voiced crooner.” [9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

The Bloody Beetroots: The electronic act from Italy is on its “My Name Is Thunder” live tour promoting the album “The Great Electronic Swindle.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Erica Mailman: The Bram Stoker awardwinner talks about her new book “The Murderer’s Maid,” which brings the chilling legend of Lizzie Borden into new focus by adding a contemporary narrative.” [2 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Schola Cantorum: The choral group opens its season with “Ghosts, Goblins and Ghouls,” a program of classical and popular music including spirituals, opera, folk and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”; patrons are encouraged to come in costume. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road, Palo Alto]

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