Jan. 25-26: Met HD Roméo et Juliette, Ayelet Waldman, Lynn Downey, Colson Whitehead, Linda Kelly, Ninet Tayeb


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25


Met Live HD Encore
: Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau appear in the Metropolitan Opera’s “Roméo et Juliette,” Gounod’s opera based on the Shakespeare play, broadcast in an encore presentation. [6:30 p.m., Century 9 San Francisco Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Ayelet Waldman: The Bay Area novelist and essayist, promoting her new book “A Really Good Day,” joins Angie Coiro for a conversation on “micro-dosing, family and marriage” in a ticketed event. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Everything Is Terrible! The Live Experience!: Alan Resnick hosts the session dedicated to bad VHS tapes from the last century. [7:30 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]

Lynn Downey: The first in-house historian hired by Levi Strauss & Co. speaks on “Levi Strauss: The Man Who Gave Blue Jeans to the World.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Gregg Hurwitz: The Bay Area-bred, best-selling author signs copies of his new thriller “The Nowhere Man,” another page-turner in his Orphan X series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

Colson Whitehead: City Arts & Lectures presents the acclaimed writer, whose 2016 novel “The Underground Railroad” — the story of a young slave’s journey as she bids for freedom in the antebellum South — won the National Book Award. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Linda Kelly: The San Francisco writer talks about “Deadheads: Stories from Fellow Artists, Friends & Followers of the Grateful Dead,” the 20th anniversary edition. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Jon Else: The documentarian is promoting his new book “True South,” his account of making the 1987 landmark TV series on the civil rights movement “Eyes on the Prize” — in a talk with filmmakers Spencer Nakasako and Orlando Bagwell. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


THURSDAY, JAN. 26

Jon Else: The filmmaker, who worked with Henry Hampton to create the landmark TV series “Eyes on the Prize” — a definitive look at America’s civil rights movement — discusses his new book “True South” in conversation with Stanford professor Clayborne Carson. [7:30 p.m., Keplers’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Ninet Tayeb: The Israeli grunge, pop, rock singer-guitarist is on tour promoting her first U.S. record release. [9 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

NightLife at the Academy: DJ King Most provides music at the “best of” after-hours party at the science center, featuring “swamp talks,” a “dive show” and “The Science of Bubbles” with winemaker Arnaud Weyrich. [6 to 10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Above and Beyond the Valley of Ultra Showgirls: Back by popular demand, the over-the-top dark musical comedy, which is “shamelessly inspired by ‘Beyond the Valley of the Dolls’ and ‘Showgirls,’ opens a three-week run. [8 p.m., Oasis, 298 11th St., S.F.]

Dustbowl Revival: The eight-piece band has moved from “fun-loving, raucous old-time” into “soul, funk and introspective folk reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin” on its new recordings. [8 p.m., Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley]

Cary Leibowitz-Museum Show: The exhibition, of 350 works from 1987 to the present — paintings, fabric, installations, documentation, photography and ephemera — is the first comprehensive survey of the New York-based artist known for his comic and text-based pieces with an “emphatically gay and often Jewish perspective.” [11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Silence! The Musical: Ray of Light Theatre opens the San Francisco premiere the unauthorized parody of “The Silence of the Lambs,” an Off-Broadway favorite, with a preview performance. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Jim Marshall’s 1967: The exhibition of some 80 works by the famed music photographer chronicling the Summer of Love (and including album covers for Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin at home and Jimi Hendrix onstage) opens with a reception. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

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