Nov. 3-4: Tracy K Smith, Hallowolfbat, Himalayan Contemporary Art, Indian Market, Smokey Brights, Kung Fu, Imperial Silence: Una Opera Muerta, SF Symphony Dia de los Muertos


Tracy K. Smith: The U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner for “Mars on Love” gives a public reading in California College of the Arts’ fall series sponsored by the masters of fine arts writing program. [6 p.m., Nave Alcove space, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Hallowolfbat: In the installation, exhibition and experience, Philadelphia-based artist Dennis McNett (aka Wolfbat) transforms the gallery into a scene with huge mythical creatures, psychedelic landscapes and puppets coming alive and interacting with the crowd. [5 to 10 p.m, Heron Arts, 7 Heron St., S.F.]

San Mateo County Historical Museum Free First Friday: Programs include an 11 a.m. session for preschoolers (with crafts) about Mexican traditions, stories, and, at 2 p.m., docent tours for adults. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Cultural Dislocation and Himalayan Religious Art in the Anthropocene: A panel discussion by artists and scholars accompanies “Himalayan Contemporary,” an exhibit of work by AngTsherin Sherpa, Dinesh Charan Shrestha and Youdhishtir Maharjan. [6:30 p.m., Matta Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., S.F.]

Indian Market: In the first day of a two-day event, more than 20 local artists show and sell traditional hand-woven baskets, ceramic housewares, authentic jewelry, apparel and more. [3 to 9 p.m., Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

Smokey Brights: The Seattle band described as “A little bit Death Cab, a little bit Springsteen” and ranging “from the mellow to big, bold, and rockin’,” opens for Oregon-based singer-songwriter Taylor John Williams. [8 p.m,. Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Kung Fu: The newfunk band known for “blurring the line between intense electro-fusion and blistering dance arrangements” opens for The New Mastersounds, a jazz fusion and funk band from Leeds, England. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Imperial Silence-Una Opera Muerta: The multimedia folk opera “fuses dark-humored animation with contemporary interpretations of Mexican folkloric dance and traditional music” as it “explores cultural norms of silence and a fearless, north of the border expression of Mexican and Chicanx traditions.” [8 p.m., Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Jess Curtis/Gravity: “Intercontinental Collaborations #7” addresses issues of “physical diversity, dis/ability, access, digital technologies and their social consequences.” [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Hope Mohr Dance Bridge Project: “Radical Movement: Gender and Politics in Performance” features artists from different disciplines responding to the prompt: What does it mean to have a radical body? [8 p.m. CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

The Royale: Aurora Theatre Co. opens its premiere by TV writer Marco Ramirez, a theatrical tale inspired by Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight world champion. [8 p.m., 2081 Addison St., Berkeley]


S.F. Symphony Dia de los Muertos: The 10th annual celebration presents vocalist Eugenia León in concerts at 2 and 8 p.m., a family-friendly matinee concert conducted by Alondra de la Parra, and pre-concert activities and displays: installations, altars, singing, dancing and sugar skull decorating. [12:45 and 6:45 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Watch What Crappens: The podcast covering all things Bravo TV comes to town in a live version, with hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam in an evening of “recapping, chatter and ridiculous impersonations.” [8 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

Chelsea Wolfe: The California folk-Goth rocker’s 2017 album “Hiss Spun” opens with a tune that “instantly brings the listener into the cathartic, doom-laden sound of the record.” [8:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Elephante: The Southern California-based progressive house DJ (aka Tim Wu) appears in HeartBeats, a concert to benefit the Organization For Autism Research presented by the Psi Kappa chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. [7:30 p.m., SFSU, 1 North State Drive, S.F.]

The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble: “Death and a Knight” includes Kurt Rohde chamber operas: “Never was a knight…” about the interior life of Don Quixote, and “Death With Interruptions,” based on José Saramago’s novel. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

38Makers 2017: SFMade and Pinterest present the Holiday Fair, an event for shoppers seeking creative, locally-made gifts, including: jewelry, coffee, gourmet offering, wine, home and garden items, holiday cards and decorations, stationery, bags, body products, apparel and pet gear. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pinterest, 651 Brannan St., S.F.]

Mariinsky Orchestra: Pianist Denis Matsuev joins conductor Valery Gergiev and the group in the first of two different programs: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Scriabin’s Symphony No. 3. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Superfest International Disability Film Festival 2017: Two programs of short documentaries offer “cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a complex, unabashed and engaging lens, and is accessible to disabled filmgoers.” [2 to 5 and 6 to 9 p.m., Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Grab Your Power: The ticketed ($97 and up) panel addressing the role of artists as agents of change features columnist Leah Garchik, Brenda Wright of Wells Fargo, Martha Richards of Women Arts and Shelley Trott of Kenneth Rainin Foundation. [9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Preservation Park, Ginn House, 660, 13th St., Oakland]

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