Nov. 1-2: Manatee Commune, Cristina Garcia, Jennifer Damas, Ne Obliviscaris, Humble Beast Beautiful Eulogy West Coast Tour, Selena, El Mac, Manufactured Landscapes, It Can’t Happen Here


Manatee Commune: The electronic act (Washington-based producer Grant Eadie) has a new single “Like Me,” with “crystalline synthesis, ridiculously catchy melodies” and vocalist Siena Liggins. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Cristina García: The Bay Area writer and National Book Award finalist for “Dreaming in Cuban” launches her new book, “Here in Berlin: A Novel,” a “meditation on war and mystery” about a visitor who travels to Berlin “with a camera looking for reckonings of her own.” [7 p.m., City Light Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jennifer Damas-Homecoming: The show of “deeply personal,” richly colored paintings in which the artist revisits childhood memories of home, paralleling them against her place in today’s world, opens, with a reception slated for 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Hang Art, 567 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ne Obliviscaris: The “progressive, extreme, melodic metal” band from Australia headlines a show with Colorado-based Allegaeon, playing “modern melodica death metal.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Humble Beast Beautiful Eulogy West Coast Tour: Samaritan Minitries, a Christian organization, hosts the educational session, offering information about its “Biblical, non-insurance approach to health care” and health care sharing program. [7 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Rewind Wednesday Presents Selena: The 1997 biopic about singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, starring Jennifer Lopez in her breakout role, screens. [7 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

El Mac: The renowned artist (aka Miles MacGregor) talks about his large-scale wall murals (which blur the lines between fine art and graffiti) his collaborations, and his upcoming project for the Children’s Discovery Museum, a larger-than-life face of a refugee youth. [Noon, San Jose Museum of Art, 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

Manufactured Landscapes: The film by Jennifer Baichwal, which follows photographer Edward Burtynsky as he travels through China and Bangladesh recording large-scale industrial incursions into the landscape, screens, with cinematographer Peter Mettler in attendance. [3 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]


It Can’t Happen Here: Foothill Theatre Arts opens its production of the new play based on Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel about a populist candidate who becomes president of the United States, and then all hell breaks loose. [7:30 p.m., Lohman Theatre, Foothill College Campus, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

ArtSpan SF Open Studios: Sixteen Room & Board artists (working in paint, mixed media and photography) host a reception, in connection with weekend five of the annual program in which 800 artists across The City open their workplaces to the public. [6 to 8 p.m., 685 Seventh St., S.F.]

Russian Grand Ballet Presents Swan Lake: Featuring Russia’s “brightest ballet stars,” the full-length classical production for the first time includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans. [7:30 p.m., Marin Veterans Memorial, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael]

M.I.A.: The English rapper, producer and activist (Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) is the only artist to be nominated for an Oscar, Grammy, Brit Award, Mercury Prize and Alternative Turner Prize in the same year. [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

African Guitar Summit: Alpha YaYa Diallo from Guinea, and Donne Roberts and Madagascar Slim from Madagascar — Juno Award winners for the best world music album in 2005 — appear in concert with percussion accompaniment. [7:30 p.m., Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St., Livermore]

Día de los Muertos Celebration: The San Francisco Public Library offers Day of the Dead activities including altar-making workshops, music and refreshments. [1 to 8 p.m., Mix: Maker, second floor, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Doc Stories: The annual SFFILM series, four days of recent, unreleased documentaries, opens with the premiere of Alex Gibney’s “Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge Part 1,” which dives into the history of the magazine with information about its origin, its covers and growth into a cultural pacesetter. [7 p.m., Castro, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Melinda Ponder: The East Coast-based scholar and biographer speaks about “Katharine Lee Bates: From Sea to Shining Sea,” which delves into the life of the woman who wrote the lyrics to “America The Beautiful.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

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