Matmos -- Drew Daniel, left, and M.C. Schmidt -- play from their new washing-machine themed album “Ultimate Care II.” (Courtesy Josh Sisk)

Matmos -- Drew Daniel, left, and M.C. Schmidt -- play from their new washing-machine themed album “Ultimate Care II.” (Courtesy Josh Sisk)

Dec. 5-6: I Worship Chaos Tour, Commissary Open Kitchen Dinner,Holiday Heroes, James Hoggan, Nerdland

MONDAY, DEC. 5

I Worship Chaos Tour: The heavy metal bill features Finland’s Children of Bodom, Norway’s Abbath and Southern California’s Exmortus. [7 p.m., 1290 Regency Ballroom, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: “Brilliant Palette,” with music by Faure, Chausson, Boris Kerner and others, showcases talents of two new group members: soprano Nikki Einfeld and percussionist Loren Mach. [7:30 p.m., Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, 66 Page St., S.F.]

The Commissary Open Kitchen Dinner: The $85-per-person themed meal features caviar dishes created by Roland Passot from La Folie, Angel Betancourt from The One & Only Ocean Club, and Brett Schaublin from Reddwood, joining Rogelio Garcia from The Commissary. [5:30 to 9 p.m., 101 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Holiday Heroes: Olympic gold medalists Jonny Moseley and Natalie Coughlin, 49ers Eric Heitmann and Shayne Skov and San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson are slated to attend the annual Wender Weis Foundation for Children fundraiser. [4:30 p.m. (VIP), 5:45 p.m. (general), AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Cecile Richards: The president of Planned Parenthood speaks on “the future of choice” in a sold-out talk presented by the Commonwealth Club. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

James Hoggan: The public relations professional, founder of DeSmogBlog and author of “I’m Right and You’re an Idiot” speaks on “the toxic state of public discourse and how to clean it up.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Walt’s Birthday: The Walt Disney Family Museum offers free admission to its main gallery in honor of the entrepreneur and animation pioneer, who was born Dec. 5, 1901 and died Dec. 15, 1966. [10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., 104 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

TUESDAY, DEC. 6

Nerdland: The adult animated comedy about two unknown showbiz buddies John (Paul Rudd) and Elliot (Patton Oswalt) determined to go from Hollywood nobodies to viral somebodies screens, along with a cast discussion recorded at Beyond Fest in Hollywood. [8 p.m., Sundance Kabuki, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

PBO Sessions: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale Director Bruce Lamott appears in conversation with KDFC’s Hoyt Smith in a discussion accompanying a concert performance of Handel’s “Joshua,” part of the period instrument group’s series exploring biblical heroes. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Pere Ubu: The “avant-garage” band is playing classics on its “Coed Jail! Songs from 1975-1982” tour. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Thomas Friedman: The New York Times poltical columnist and author speaks on “A Field Guide to the 21st Century,” presented by the Commonwealth Club. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Marc E. Bassy: The San Francisco singer-songwriter, formerly of the Los Angeles-based pop band 2AM Club, plays a sold-out show on his first headlining tour, promoting his new EP “Groovy People.” [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Cleve Jones: The pioneering San Francisco gay rights activist speaks about his memoir “When We Rise: My Life in the Movement.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Chris Porter: The veteran standup comedian recently posted this comment online: “I just caught myself playing air bass to a Melissa Etheridge song in the middle of the grocery store so I think I’ve had enough coffee.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

The Others: Appearing on a bill with Doctor Jeep, the act is the project of London-based DJ and producer Alex Crawford, [10 p.m., Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.] CalendarCommissary Open Kitchen DinnerHoliday HeroesI Worship Chaos TourJames HogganMatmosNerdland

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