Oct. 17-18: Van Morrison, Samantha Ettus, Helpers House of Couture, Box Brown, Hot Club, Shilpi Somaya Gowda, TNDC Pool Toss


Van Morrison: The singer-songwriter great of “Moondance” and “Gloria” fame has released his 36th studio album “Keep Me Singing.” [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Samantha Ettus: The speaker, TV personality and work-life balance expert is on tour talking about her fifth book “The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 701 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Helpers House of Couture: The designer resale store, a charity shop celebrating 50 years helping people with disabilities, has opened a seasonal pop-up boutique offering evening gowns, cocktail dresses, shoes, hats, jewelery and antiques. [Noon to 6 p.m., Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., S.F.]

Box Brown: The award-winning cartoonist and illustrator speaks with Ed Luce about “Tetris: The Games People Play,” a comics history of the beloved, addictive game. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Hot Club: The impressive Gypsy swing combo’s new album of Beatles’ interpretations is called “John, Paul, George and Django.” [8 p.m, Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Matt Kirshen: The London-born comedian, a veteran of “Last Comic Standing,” headlines a bill with Natasha Muse and Matt Gubser. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Reece Jones: The author of “Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move,” discusses the book, which explores the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are formed and policed. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Katharine Hepburn double bill: The first weekend of the series dedicated to the acting great wraps with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” followed by a 7:30 showing of “The Philadelphia Story.” [5 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

This Wild Life: The alt rock duo (Anthony Del Grosso and Kevin Jordan) from Long Beach is on its first headlining tour promoting the album “Low Tides.” [7 p.m., Metro Operahouse, 522 Second St., Oakland]

Matthew J. Kirby: The award-winning author of the Assassin’s Creed young adult series signs copies of the latest installment “Last Descendants.” [7 p.m., Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

Shilpi Somaya Gowda: The Bay Area-based author of the best-selling “Secret Daughter” discusses her new novel “The Golden Son” (about Anil Patel, the first of his family to go to college) with short story writer Shobha Rao, in a co-presentation by India Currents. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Yonatan Gat: The guitarist and his trio play “everything from Afrobeat grooves to Middle Eastern folk melodies to straight up rock n’ roll noise.” [10 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Pentatonix: The Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling a cappella group headlines, with opening act, Us The Duo, a sweet husband-and-wife act. [8 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]


TNDC Pool Toss: The splashy 24th annual benefit for the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation boasts civic and business leaders getting tossed in the water for a cost — and a good cause. [6 p.m., Poolside, Phoenix Hotel/Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy St., S.F.]

Jodi Picoult: The best-selling author of 21 novels, on tour promoting her latest “Small Great Things,” appears in conversation with
“Queen Sugar” writer Natalie Baszile. [7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Bon Iver: The indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon opens a three-night engagement. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Alan Schwarz: The award-winning New York Times investigative reporter discusses his latest book, “ADHD Nation: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the Making of an American Epidemic.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Martin Cruz Smith: The best-selling author and Bay Area resident launches his new thriller “The Girl From Venice.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

In My Life-A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles: The nationally touring show retells the Beatles story through the eyes of manager Brian Epstein and features live music by tribute band Abbey Road. [7:30 p.m,, Heritage Theatre, 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell]

Simon Sinek: The author and optimist, famed for his TED talk “Why,” speaks on “The Power of Working Together.” [7 p.m., Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Ralph Nader: The advocate talks about his new book “Breaking Through Power,” described as “a Thomas Paine-style indictment of how wealthy corporations control politics and how average Americans, through democracy, can fight back and win.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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