The Grand National -- a jam-packed Western exposition including a professional rodeo -- opens at the Cow Palace. (Courtesy Phil Doyle)

Oct. 14-15: Grand National, Nancy Cohen, On the Verge, Matoma, Anata Project, Oakland Symphony, Hope Mohr Bridge Project, Dimensions Dance Theater

FRIDAY, OCT. 14

Grand National Livestock Expo, Horse Show and Rodeo: Now in its 70th year, the ultimate Western experience — running through Oct. 22, includes an agriculture exhibition, a professional rodeo, marketplace, mechanical bull rides, live music, barbecue and more. [Noon to 11 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]

A Woman President-Are We Ready?: Historian and MSNBC commentator Nancy Cohen appears in conversation with ABC 7 news anchor Dan Ashley, presented by the Commonwealth Club. [Noon, 555 Post St., S.F.]

On the Verge (Or the Geography of Yearning): Dragon Theatre opens a four-weekend run of the play by Eric Overmyer in which three Victorian female explorers set out on an adventure that takes them to darkest Africa, the highest Himalayas, and the newly discovered lands of Terra Incognita, [8 p.m., 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Matoma: The Norwegian electronic music star is known for his innovative “Hakuna Matoma” album project. [9 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Anata Project: The contemporary troupe opens a two-week run of the premiere “Notjustmoreidlechatter,” a collaboration between choreographer Claudia Anata, composer Jonas Leuenberger and designer Michael Michalske. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Oakland Symphony: Bass-baritone Hadleigh Adams sings Mahler’s “Rückert Lieder” and the Delphi Trio performs Paul Juon’s “Episodes Concertantes” on a program with Clark Suprynowicz’s “Red States, Blue States” and Elgar’s “In the South.” [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Hope Mohr Dance Bridge Project: “Ten Artists Respond to Locus” includes a performance of Trisha Brown’s iconic 1975 dance along with premieres in other disciplines (music, dance, poetry, visuals) inspired by the piece. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Hau Beiren@100: Celebrating the 100th birthday master painter Hau Beiren (who lives in Los Altos, where many know him as Paul Hau), the retrospective focuses on his development from traditional Chinese ink brush-painting to use of vivid color to abstract representation. [Noon to 4 p.m., Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

SATURDAY, OCT. 15

Dimensions Dance Theater: “Project Panther,” with choreography and text by Deborah Vaughan, revisits the history of the revolutionary, contentious, influential and often misunderstood Black Panther Party. [8 p.m., Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St., Oakland]

Lit Crawl: The free closing event of The City’s literary festival Litquake includes appearances by more than 400 authors in just three hours, discussing events and ideas in bars, cafes, galleries, bookstores as well as police stations, tattoo parlors and barbershops. [6 to 9 p.m.; www.litquake.org]

Sea Music Concert: Singer and guitar player Hank Cramer performs aboard the historic 1886 sailing ship Balclutha [8 to 10 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, 2905 Hyde St., S.F.]

Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen: Authors Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn host a Cuban party to celebrate the release of their beautifully photographed cookbook, which takes readers on a journey through the country. [7 p.m., Dogpatch Studios, 991 Tennessee St., S.F.]

Potrero Hill Festival: The benefit for the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House is a day of fun, food, music and community activities. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri streets, S.F.]

Dry styling: Bumble and bumble, the hair product line, offers promotional items and tips on achieving dry styling looks while supplies last. [1 to 7 p.m., Sephora, 33 Powell St., S.F.]

I Love the ‘90s Tour: Vanilla Ice, Kid N Play, Coolio, All 4 One, Tone Loc and Rob Base are on the bill. [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14381 Pierce Road, Saratoga}

Potrero Hill Festival: The benefit for the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House is a day of fun, food, music and community activities. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 20th Street between Wisconsin and Missouri streets, S.F.]

Fire safety event: The “For a Safer Place Campaign,” designed to educate the public about the threats of fire and carbon monoxide, hosts firefighters offering family-focused activities and information. [9 a.m. to noon, Lowe’s, 491 Bayshore Blvd., S.F.]

Erik Parra: “In The Same River Twice, “ a show of new paintings (focusing on the construction of midcentury interiors) and installation by the artist, opens with a reception. 5 to 8 p.m., State Gallery, 1295 Alabama St., S.F.]

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