Poet and spoken word performer Sarah Kay appears in Grace Cathedral’s Forum series. (Courtesy photo)

Poet and spoken word performer Sarah Kay appears in Grace Cathedral’s Forum series. (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 15-16: Sarah Kay, Jessica Bruder, Sony Holland, Lieder Alive, SF Bach Choir, MuteMath, Kimberly Lovato, Caustic Casanova, Patterday Night Live!, Zola Jesus


Sarah Kay: Grace Cathedral’s artist in residence, best-selling author and international poet and spoken word performer shares her story and her passion for inspiring children to find their voice. [9:30 a.m., Gresham Hall, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Jessica Bruder
: The award-winning journalist speaks about her book, “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century,” an account of today’s low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans. [5 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sony Holland Quintet
: The Bay area jazz and pop vocalist makes her SF JAZZ debut in a party to release her CD “Soft Power” featuring her band: guitarist Jerry Holland, keyboardist John R. Burr, bassist Dan Feiszli and drummer David Rokeach. [7:30 p.m., SF JAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lieder Alive
: Bass Kirk Eichelberger and pianist Marek Ruszczynski perform music by Hugo Wolf (Goethe Lieder, Michelangelo Lieder) and Gustav Mahler’s “Des Knaben Wunderhorn.” [5 p.m., Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., S.F.]

SF Bach Choir
: “Martin Luther’s Musical Revolution,” which includes music by Praetorius, J.S. Bach, Brahms and Telemann played on the largest church organ in Northern California, is a concert to benefit victims of the North Bay fires. [7 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.]

MuteMath: The Grammy-nominated, electro-experimental rock band with the new album “Play Dead Live” headlines a bill with Colony House and ROMES. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist Forum: Al Rojas, former farmworker and UFW labor organizer, speaks on “From Delano (1965) to San Quintin (2015): Why are farm workers worse off today than before the days of the grape boycott?” [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Kimberly Lovato: The Bay Area food and travel writer shares her delectable new guidebook, “Unique Eats & Eateries: San Francisco.” [2 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Caustic Casanova: The hard rock band from Washington DC has been noted for its “absurdly muscled uber-psyche” and “beautiful aural assault.” [7 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

S.F. Bluegrass and Old Time Music Fest Finale
: The lineup features Laurie Lewis and the SF Bluegrass All-Stars with Brandon Godman, the Crooked Jades, Rusty Stringfield, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, and the Beauty Operators. [Noon to 5 p.m., Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Drive, McLaren Park]

Patterday Night Live!: Lamplighters’ annual gala and auction includes performances inspired by “Saturday Night Live!” as well as refreshments and a fundraiser with items to bid on. [3 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Zola Jesus: The electronic, industrial, classical and goth artist’s newest album is “Okovi,” which is a Slavic word for “shackle.” [8 p.m., Starline Social Club, 645 West Grand Ave., Oakland]

PlayGround: The 24th season program presented by the group devoted to creating new work features six 10-minute plays inspired by the theme “in the beginning.” [8 p.m., Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St Berkeley]

Nick Murphy: The Australian soul and electronic singer-songwriter, formerly known as Chet Faker, released the EP “Missing Link” in 2017. [ 8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Resistance is Fertile: The third Monday-of-the-month comedy show is free; donations are accepted. [8 p.m., Rite Spot Cafe, 2099 Folsom St., S.F.]

I Wake Up Dreaming!: The Castro Theatre’s Monday-night “cavalcade of cinematic oddities” hosts a pre-Halloween triple feature, beginning with “House of Horrors” and followed at 7:50 p.m. by “The Spiritualist” (aka “The Amazing Mr. X”) and, at 9:20 p.m., “The Soul of a Monster.” [6:30 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Samurai Jack: The remastered Emmy nominated premiere movie from the first season of the Adult Swim series by famed animation director Genndy Tartakovsky comes to the big screen for one night. [7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; Daly City 20, 1901 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City]

Nothing But Thieves: The up-and-coming U.K. alt rock band is on its headlining “Broken Machine” tour, promoting its second album; MISSIO & Airways open. [8 p.m., [Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Annie Hart
: The New York musician best known as one-third of Au Revoir Simone, the all-female synth trio, headlines a concert with Vice Reine and Madeline Kinney. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]
CalendarCaustic CasanovaJessica BruderKimberly LovatoLieder Alive!MutemathPatterday Night Live!Sarah KaySF Bach ChoirSony HollandZola Jesus

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