Dave Koz is among the performers slated to appear at a benefit show for Tower of Power’s Marc Van Wageningen, who was injured in a train accident. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 23-24: Marc VW Benefit with Dave Koz, E Family, MaryClare Brztwa, Rough Readings, John Hart, Guest List Live TV Taping, Shanthi Sekaran


Marc VW Benefit: The E Family featuring Sheila E,, Dave Koz and Tower of Power’s Rick Stevens appear in the $50 per ticket concert, with proceeds going toward medical bills for Tower of Power’s Marc Van Wageningen, who was struck by a train. [10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

MaryClare Brzytwa: The experimental composer, who combines looped flute and custom computer programs, performs original pieces with the Technology and Applied Composition faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. [7:30 p.m., 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Laughgasm: Comedian Andrew Holmgren hosts the free fourth Monday of the month comedy night for ages 21 and older. [8:30 p.m., Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

Rough Readings Series: The Playwrights Foundation presentation focusing on early drafts of new works introduces “Third Eye Moonwalk,” Jon Bernson’s “guided meditation which takes place in a downtown office building.” [7:30 p.m., Roble Hall, 374 Santa Teresa St., Stanford University]

John Hart: The author reads from his second poetry volume “Storm Camp,” which draws on his experiences as a rock climber and mountaineer. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

The (Early) Guest List Live TV Taping: Mike Drucker, Shelby Fero, Jackie Kashian and Jay Larson do standup in the SF Sketchfest-hosted show. [7 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

The (Late) Guest List Live TV Taping: The SF Sketchfest event presents standup comedy by Marcella Arguello, Kyle Mizono, Derek Sheen and Ryan Singer. [9:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St.,S.F.]

Doc’s Free Comedy Night: Valerie Vernale hosts the showcase of up-and-coming local comics and special guests. [7 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Shanthi Sekaran: Appearing in conversation with editor Oscar Villalon, the Bay Area author talks about “Lucky Boy,” her novel which takes readers from “rural Oaxaca to Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto to the dreamscapes of Silicon Valley.” [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Deborah Kennedy
: The San Jose writer and artist discusses “Nature Speaks,” her new book of poetry and earth-toned ink illustrations. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Walter Alvarez: The UC Berkeley geologist best known for the impact theory explaining dinosaur extinction, speaks on “The Origins of Planet Earth and Life,” presented by the Commonwealth Club, [7 p.m., Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Will Schwalbe: The New York editor and best-selling author of “The End of Your Life Book Club” talks about his new offer, “Books for Living,” a collections of essays about books that deeply affected him. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Kinky Boots: The Tony Award-winning musical by Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper about a man trying to live up to his father’s expectations and continue his family’s shoe business opens a short South Bay run. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Steve Hofstetter: The SF Sketchfest “Comedy Without Apology” show features the standup comic known for his viral videos with hecklers. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

TGIF’D: The comedy show presented by SF Sketchfest puts guilty pleasure sitcoms from the 1980s-90s on the big screen, and has Bay Area comics Mikey Walz, Josef Anolin, Krista Fatka, Sam DiSalvo, Drew Harmon and others improvise new lines for the characters. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Daniel Jose Older: The author reads from “Shadowshaper,” his second book, which is about a young Afro-Latina girl who discovers her family’s history of supernatural powers and her ability to connect with the spirit world. [6 p.m., S.F. Public Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

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