Yamandu Costa plays Brazilian guitar music at the Herbst Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Courtesy photo)

Yamandu Costa plays Brazilian guitar music at the Herbst Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 18. (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 17-18: Australia’s Thunder from Down Under, Mark Lilla, Daniel Handler, Spiritualized, Barbara Ridley, Gar Smith, Zola Jesus, Yamandu Costa


Australia’s Thunder from Down Under: The all male revue with dynamic dancers, barely-there costumes and chiseled abs that has been making women swoon for decades opens a two-night engagement. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F]

Mark Lilla: The Columbia University scholar and author of “The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics,” discusses his book, a “tough-minded and stinging look at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Daniel Handler: The San Francisco author talks about “All The Dirty Parts,” his new “lewd yet tender” novel about a sex-crazed teenage boy, in conversation with Matthew Zapruder. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Spiritualized: The English space rock band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its seminal album “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Barbara Ridley: The Bay Area writer shares her debut novel “When It’s Over,” about a young woman coming of age in Prague in the 1930s who is inspired by left-wing activists resisting fascism. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Yoga on the Labyrinth: Grace Cathedral artist-in-residence, poet and spoken word performer Sarah Kay, offers a short reflection at the yoga session. [6:15 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Gar Smith: The editor of “The War and Environment Reader” is promoting the volume, a “critical analysis of devastating consequences of the war on the environment” drawn from varied voices and global perspectives. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., 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., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Yamandu Costa: The Brazilian seven-string guitar virtuoso known for his mastery of styles from classical to bossa nova, milonga, tango and samba, appears in concert, presented by Omni Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Flip The Script: Connie Nielson, Rita Moreno and Jennifer Siebel Newsom lead a discussion about changing attitudes toward gender representation in entertainment in the $120-per-person benefit for The Representation Project, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a world free of gender stereotypes. [6:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Adam Shulman Trio
: San Francisco Performances presents the jazz pianist in a show of tunes from the Great American Songbook with John Wiitala on bass and Lyle Link on alto saxophone. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Phyllis Piano: The award-winning writer and former corporate communications professional is promoting her second novel “Love Reconsidered,” a contemporary tale of how three characters rebuild their lives after betrayal and tragedy. [7 p.m. Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Pop-Up Magazine!: The sold-out live “fall issue” tour includes appearances by comedian-writer-actor Aparna Nancherla, writer Cord Jefferson, war photographer Erin Trieb and others. [7:30 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile: The indie rockers — Australia’s Barnett and America’s Vile — play from their new alt-country CD collaboration, “Lotta Sea Lice.” [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

The Crown under the Hammer-Russia, Romanovs, Revolution: The new exhibition includes artworks, archival documents and rare books related to late imperial and early Soviet Russia, demonstrating the dramatic cultural shifts in the region in the early 20th century. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University]

Lucy Rose
: Noisepop presents the endearing young English folk-pop singer-songwriter, who has been compared to Laura Marling. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

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