Comic Kevin Camia -- formerly of the Bay Area -- is in town at the Punch Line. (Courtesy photo)

Comic Kevin Camia -- formerly of the Bay Area -- is in town at the Punch Line. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 9-10: Kevin Camia, Joe Biden, Chloe Benjamin, Karen Ferguson, Marilyn Yalom, Reset Button, Bach and Brew, ACT’s The Birthday Party


Kevin Camia
: The Los Angeles-based standup comic (formerly of The City) — known for his strange ruminations of life, work and relationships and soon to be seen on TBS’ “The Dress Up Gang” — kicks off a two-night engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Joe Biden
: The former U.S. vice president, whose new memoir is “Promise Me, Dad,” speaks at a sold-out engagement. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Chloe Benjamin
: The novelist discusses her new book “The Immortalists,” which centers on the question: If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Harm to Home-A Refugee’s Journey to the Bay
: Karen Ferguson, local director of the International Rescue Committee, discusses the Trump administration’s perspective on refugees in a talk co-presented by the Northern California Peace Corps Association.
[6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Marilyn Yalom: The Palo Alto-based scholar speaks about “The Amorous Heart: An Unconventional History of Love,” in which she tracks the heart-love metaphor from ancient times to the 20th century, and reveals tensions between romance, sex, religion and spirituality. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

The Reset Button: The Oakland-based band says it has a “modern classic rock sound that feels familiar but is totally fresh”; Cleve-Land and Matthew Hansenoen. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Peanut Butter Jelly Time: Monarch presents the third annual event, aka “Giving PB&J Sandwiches to the Homeless While Wearing Banana Costumes”; participants are asked to bring peanut butter, jelly, bread, ziplock bags and socks. [Noon, 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

Bach and Brew-A Musical Sing-In
: The San Francisco Bach Choir evening offers socializing and beer before and after a group singing session led by artistic director Magen Solomon. [6 p.m., Standard Deviant Brewing, 280 14th St., S.F.]


The Birthday Party: American Conservatory Theater begins preview performances of Harold Pinter’s mysterious classic drama, directed by Carey Perloff (who worked on the show with Pinter himself in New York in 1989). [8 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Simeon Marsalis: The author reads from his critically acclaimed debut “As Lie Is to Grin: A Novel,” a satire about a black freshman at the University of Vermont struggling to define himself against the school’s white backdrop. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Tommy Wiseau’s The Room: The famously bad movie and cult hit that inspired James Franco’s new film “The Disaster Artist” gets a big-screen theatrical release for one night. [8 p.m., Century 9 SF Centre, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Joe Sanberg: The progressive entrepreneur, co-founder of, an online financial firm known for socially conscious products, speaks on “Ensuring Everyone Who Works Can Achieve Life’s Basic Needs.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Our Great Tchaikovsky
: Hershey Felder, known for his encompassing one-person concert-performances about musical masters, begins previews of his piece exploring the life and times of the famed Russian composer. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

San Francisco Zoo Free Day: In a local government-sponsored program, on select days San Francisco residents with valid identification gain free entry to the attraction, the home of some 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals and gardens with native and foreign plants. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sloat Boulevard and Great Highway, S.F.]

S.F. Public Utilities Commission Headquarters Tour: Every second Wednesday of each month, visitors are invited to get an up-close view of the state-of-the-art, 13-story, 277,500 square-foot building, designed and built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards; RSVP at [2 p.m., 525 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Landmark-Yosemite Through the Lens of Contemporary Landscape Photography: The exhibit, on view through Jan. 27, features images by Binh Danh, Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Ted Orland, Millee Tibbs and Jerry Uelsmann, who bring new and varied voices to the genre of landscape photography. [Noon to 6 p.m., SF Camerawork, 1101 Market St., S.F.]ACT's The Birthday PartyBach and BrewCalendarChloe BenjaminJoe BidenKaren FergusonKevin CamiaMarilyn YalomReset Button

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