Harmonica-guitar duo Curtis Salgado, right, and Alan Hager play in Redwood City and San Francisco this week. (Courtesy photo)

Harmonica-guitar duo Curtis Salgado, right, and Alan Hager play in Redwood City and San Francisco this week. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 24-25: Redwood City Blues Jam, Ricky Gervais, Nick Nolte, Sarah Cahill, Michael Shermer, Todd Miller, Dirty Fences, Fog City Magic Fest, Chitra Agrawal, Anna Meredith


Redwood City Blues Jam
: A 12th anniversary celebration features The Guitarsonists — Bay Area guitar greats Chris Cain, Daniel Castro and Mighty Mike Schermer — and the bluesy harmonica-guitar duo Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager, whose new CD is “Rough Cut”; Salgado and Hager also appear at Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco on Jan. 25. [8 p.m., Club Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

Ricky Gervais
: The English comic of “The Office” and “Extras” fame opens a two-night local engagement on his “Humanity” standup tour. [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Nick Nolte: The veteran actor is promoting his new memoir “Rebel” in a ticketed conversation with Peter Coyote. [7 p.m., Book Passage 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Ladies’ Knight: The San Francisco Public Library hosts its monthly fourth Wednesday women’s chess club for players of all levels led by Lauren Goodkind. [6 p.m., S.F. Public Library, fourth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sarah Cahill: San Francisco Performances Pivot series presents the pianist leading a Lou Harrison Centennial Celebration on a bill with violinist Kate Stenberg, the Alexander String Quartet and William Winant Percussion Group, performing on instruments built by Harrison himself. [8:30 p.m., Strand, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Michael Shermer: The science writer and “legendary skeptic” speaks about his new book “Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Todd Miller: The writer and immigration expert discusses his new book, “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security,” with educator José González. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dirty Fences: The band’s new album “Goodbye Love” has “meaty guitar riffs, sing-along choruses, perfectly-executed harmonies while giving a nod to acts like Johnny Thunder, The MC5 and The Ramones.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Fog City Magic Fest: The program of seven shows opens with local legend Jay Alexander, star of The Marrakech Magic Theater, hosting magic and variety acts Christian Cagigal, Calvin Kai Ku, Jade and David Parr. [8 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Chitra Agrawal: The cookbook author speaks about “Vibrant India: Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


Anna Meredith: On her debut album “Varmints,” the U.K. composer and electronic artist straddles contemporary classical, art pop, electronica, ambient installations and experimental rock. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Justin Moore: The country star, whose latest single is “Kinda Don’t Care,” appears on his Hell on the Highway Tour with Dylan Scott. [7:30 p.m., City National Civic, 135 San Carlos St., San Jose]

Dave Eggers & Mokhtar Alkhanshali: The acclaimed writer and Yemeni man who is the subject of the new book “The Monk of Mokha,” appear in conversation with Jeff Chang. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Patrisse Cullors: The Los Angeles-based scholar, artist and organizer and co-founder of Black Lives Matter, speaks about her memoir, “When They Call You a Terrorist.” [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland]

Brian Reed: The award-winning host and co-creator of “S-Town” and its producer Julie Snyder discuss the groundbreaking investigative journalism podcast set in Woodstock, Alabama. [7 p.m., Curran, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: Guest pianists Menahem Pressler and Sebastian Knauer appear with the group in a “Mozart Birthday Celebration” in the first of four performances around the Bay Area. [8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Kristin Damrow & Company: The contemporary company premieres “Eames,” a narrative dance inspired by husband-and-wife designers Charles and Ray Eames. [8 p.m., ODC Theatre, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Alicia Garza, Dolores Huerta: The labor and civil rights activists join host Michelle Meow, who brings her LGBTQ-themed radio show to the Commonwealth Club. [10 a.m., 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Anna MeredithCalendarChitra AgrawalDirty FencesFog City Magic FestMichael ShermerNick NolteRedwood City Blues JamRicky GervaisSarah CahillTodd Miller

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