On Thursday, Nov. 16, dancer-choreographer Katharine Hawthorne opens a five-show run of  her playful and contemplative piece “Between the Wish and the Thing” at ODC Theater. (Courtesy Mike Machian)

On Thursday, Nov. 16, dancer-choreographer Katharine Hawthorne opens a five-show run of her playful and contemplative piece “Between the Wish and the Thing” at ODC Theater. (Courtesy Mike Machian)

Nov. 15-16: Jennifer Kloetzel, Civic Beautification, Tim Z. Hernandez, Bucket Head, Brandon Sanderson, Lawrence O’Donnell, Shout Out Louds, Katharine Hawthorne

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15

Jennifer Kloetzel: San Francisco Performances’ salon series presents the cellist, one of the founding members of the Cypress String Quartet, in “Bach and Beyond: An Evening of Solo Cello Music.” [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

On The Table Silicon Valley: The African American Community Health Advisory Committee and St. James A.M.E. Zion Church invite the community to discuss solutions to housing challenges. [6 p.m., Zion Church, 825 Monte Diablo Ave., San Mateo]

Civic Beautification: The exhibit showcases drawings by Jeremy Fish, Coit Tower’s first artist-in-residence who drew inspiration from Lillie Hitchcock Coit, whose estate financed the landmark’s construction. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Haight Street Art Center, 215 Haight St., S.F.]

Tim Z. Hernandez: The author of “All They Will Call You” discusses his book about a 1948 plane crash which killed 28 migrant farm workers and prompted the Woody Guthrie protest song “Deportee (Plane Crash At Los Gatos).” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Buckethead: The eclectic virtuoso guitarist and multi instrumentalist — famous for wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head — plays genres from metal to bluegrass and has appeared on hundreds of recordings. [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

Brandon Sanderson: The fantasy writer is promoting “Oathbringer,” the third in his Stormlight Archive series, the first of which is being considered for a film adaptation. [6 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Lawrence O’Donnell: The MSNBC host speaks about his book “Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics” in a sold-out Commonwealth Club presentation. [7 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lensculture Street Photography Awards: The exhibit — of winners, jurors’ picks and finalists showcasing innovative approaches to street photography — opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St., second floor, S.F.]

Shout Out Louds: The Swedish pop darlings are back with “Oh Oh.” the first new song from the Stockholm quartet since 2013’s “Optica and preview of their fifth album. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, NOV. 16

Katharine Hawthorne: Opening a five-performance run, the dancer combines all kinds of movement, storytelling and live music in “Between the Wish and the Thing,” which she calls “a playful and contemplative romp into our collective future.” [7 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

ArtRage: The after-hours party, in conjunction with the exhibit “ Crossroads: American Scene Prints from Thomas Hart Benton to Grant Wood,” includes cocktails and live jazz from and inspired by the New Deal Era; period attire is encouraged. [7 to 10 p.m., 110 S. Market St., San Jose]

Bark & Whine Ball
: Proceeds from the $325 per person black-tie optional (humans and animals!) fundraiser for Critter Lovers at Work (CLAW) — which features dinner, dancing and auction items — go to U.S. War Dogs Association, Rocket Dog Rescue and SaveABunny. [6:30 p.m., S.F. Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams St., S.F.]

Savage Jazz Dance Company: The troupe’s 25th anniversary fall production “Sketches of Oakland” is a dance homage to “The Town.” [8 p.m., Malonga Casquelord Center Theater, 1428 Alice St., Oakland]

Ainsley House: The historic home built in 1925, the third residence of local canning pioneer John Colpitts Ainsley and his wife Alcinda Ainsley, opens its holiday boutique and program of docent-led tours, which run through Dec. 17. [Noon to 4 p.m., 300 Grant St., Cambpell]

Nava Dance Theatre: The classical South Indian dance group premieres “Broken Seeds (Still Grow),” a piece examining the devastating 1947 Partition of British India, which created more than 15 million refugees. [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

The Changeling: American Conservatory Theater masters’ students stage the play by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, a “timeless tragedy of passion and betrayal” in which a “woman spins a web of manipulation and lie in the pursuit of love.” [7 p.m., Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

Susanne Sundfor: The singer, songwriter and producer who released her self-titled debut album in 2007 has cemented her reputation as one of Norway’s top artists. [7 p.m., Swedish Music Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.] Brandon SandersonBucket HeadCalendarCivic BeautificationJennifer KloetzelKatharine Hawthornelawrence o'donnellShout Out LoudsTim Z. Hernandez

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