San Francisco blues rock veteran Pamela Parker and her band kick off a series of shows at the Boom Boom Room. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco blues rock veteran Pamela Parker and her band kick off a series of shows at the Boom Boom Room. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 4-5: Pamela Parker, SF Zoo Free Day, SF GLBT Museum Free Day, 50 First Jokes, 100 Days Action, Kyle Morton

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4

Pamela Parker: The singer and her band, who rock “like a combination of Alabama Shakes, P-Funk, Pink and Heart,” headline a free residency show, with local rocker Stefanie Keys also on the bill. [9 p.m,, Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

San Francisco Zoo Free Day: A public program offers residents of San Francisco showing valid identification free admission to Northern California’s largest zoological park and conservation center. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sloat Boulevard at the Great Highway, S.F.]

GLBT History Museum Free First Wednesday: The museum, which recognizes “100 years of The City’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programs,” offers free admission monthly. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 4127 18th St., S.F.]

50 First Jokes: The $7 show boasts a huge lineup of 50 comics telling the first one or two jokes they’ve written in 2017. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

100 Days Action: Organizers of the “counter narrative to President-elect Trump’s one hundred day plan — a calendar of activism and artistic strategy” and “a call to thinkers, artists, and writers to propose gestures that can be carried out either at home or in the world” host an information session. [7 p.m., Royal Nonesuch Gallery 4231 Telegraph Ave. Oakland]

Michael Coates: The editor and publisher at Clean Fleet Report discusses “Who’s Driving Who? Silicon Valley, Government, and the Industry Navigate Cars and Trucks in the 21st Century” to launch the San Jose Museum of Art’s 2017 Lunchtime Lecture series. [Noon, 110 South Market St., San Jose]

Kyle Morton: The lead singer of Portland’s indie orchestra Typhoon releases his debut solo album “What Will Destroy You.” [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Comedy Allstars: Ray Molina hosts the evening of standup comics, including Red Scott, Ben Feldman, Joe Nguyen, Natasha Muse and Reggie Steele. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, JAN. 5

Larry Vuckovich’s Benny Goodman Tribute Sextet: Jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan joins the ensemble (led by piano great Vuckovich) in a show of selections from the king of swing’s famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert and hits featuring the renowned band leader’s accomplished sidemen. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West Oakland]

Chris D’elia: The Los Angeles-based comic who appeared on the NBC series “Undateable” opens a four-day engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lez Zeppelin: The New York Times said of the group: “This all-girl quartet pays tribute to its swaggering namesake Led Zeppelin, ripping through the catalog with blazing accuracy.” [8 p.m., Cub Fox, 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

How-to NightLife
: The California Academy of Sciences begins a new year of Thursday after-hours programs with a salute to all things hands-on, featuring DIY demos, workshops, DJ Luiza Sa-Davis, and food and drinks for purchase. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Terence Ward: The author speaks about “The Guardian of Mercy,” which explores painter Caravaggio’s masterwork of that name, and the artist’s metamorphosis from fugitive to visionary that occurred as the painting was created. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Silicon Valley Auto Show: The four-day event showcases hundreds of the latest cars, crossovers, SUVs, exotics, test drives, solar cars, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, custom rides and more. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos St., San Jose]

Princess Mononoke: The 1997 Japanese epic historical fantasy anime film by Hayao Miyazaki screens (with English subtitles) in a special 20th anniversary presentation. [7 p.m., Century 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

Wet Woman In The Wind
: As part of its “The New Roman Porno” series, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is showing Akihiko Shiota’s Japanese softcore sex comedy about a reclusive playwright whose withdrawn lifestyle is disrupted by a wild young woman. [7:30 p.m., Screening room, 701 Mission St., S.F.] 100 Days Action50 First JokesCalendarKyle MortonPamela ParkerSF GLBT Museum Free DaySF Zoo Free Day

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