Jose Navarrete appears in NAKA Dance Theater’s “Buscarte,” a piece (opening Oct. 20) about 43 activist students who disappeared in Mexico, presumably at the hands of police in collusion with criminal organizations, in 2014. (Courtesy Robbie Sweeny)

Oct. 19-20: Point of Dissolve, Joel Solomon, Autumn Lights Festival, Mushrooms talk, Robin Sloan, John Mark McMillan, Buscarte

THURSDAY, OCT. 19

Point of Dissolve
: The collaboration between choreographer Claudia Anata Hubiak, composer Ben Juodkalvis and lighting designer Michael Michalske is an evening-length premiere about “society’s perspective that working harder equates with self-worth.” [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Joel Solomon: The chairman of Renewal Funds, a venture capital firm, speaks about his book “The Clean Money Revolution,” which describes “ethical and sustainable businesses that power local economies, restore ecosystems and build social and financial equity.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Autumn Lights Festival: The sixth annual outdoor garden extravaganza offers art installations, glowing waterfalls, interactive books, electronic fireflies, fire performers, a Polynesian paradise, art exhibits and food. [6 p.m., Lakeside Park, 666 Bellevue Ave., Oakland]

Mushrooms-Food, Foraging and Future Uses of Fungi: Experts Ken Litchfield, John Garrone and Phil Ross share information on finding wild mushrooms, growing mushrooms, and how fungi can be an alternative to leather. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Robin Sloan: The author of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” discusses “Sourdough,” his book about “work and eating, robots and microbes, independence and ambition,” which he says may be the “first novel in English to feature, as a key supporting character, a possibly-sentient sourdough starter. [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio!: Standup comics on the bill include Nate Blanchard, Dom Gelin, Jill Maragos, Chelsea Eiben and Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

John Mark McMillan: The singer-songwriter best known for his success in the Christian music industry is promoting his new album “Mercury & Lightning,” headlining a bill with Kings Kaleidoscope and Lapeer. [8:30 p.m., Cornerstone, 2367 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Now. Here. Us.
: American Conservatory Theater masters’ students open a three-night run of a revue directed by Milissa Carey described as “intimate evening of personal journeys, moments and truths told through song.” [8 p.m., Garret, Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Yumi Zouma: The New Zealand dream-pop outfit headlines a show with Chad Valley and vverevvolf. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Oh Wonder: The London-based alt-pop duo of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West is promoting its sophomore album, “Ultralife.” [8 p.m., Fox, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Tony MacAlpine: The debut album by the hard rock, classical, jazz, fusion and heavy metal guitar virtuoso (and keyboardist), 1986’s “Edge of Insanity,” is still considered among the “top 10 shred guitar albums of all time.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

NAKA Dance Theater: The troupe presents “Buscarte” (“Searching for You”), a multidisciplinary work examining the case of 43 students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College who disappeared in a mass kidnapping in Guerrero, Mexico in 2014. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 499 Alabama St., S.F.]

An Enemy of the People: Pear Theatre opens a four-weekend run of Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s 21st-century adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 play about an altruistic man undermined by people concerned with profit. [8 p.m., 1110 La Avenida St., Mountain View]

Art Guild of Pacifica: The group’s 59th annual Members Show opens with a reception featuring live music and a showcase of work by 58th Exhibition Award artists Deborah Corsini, Denny Holland, Jenny Kahn and Julie Stock. [7 p.m., Sanchez Art Center, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Emilio Solla: The Grammy-nominated Argentina born, New York-based pianist and composer plays a tango jazz concert. [7:30 p.m., Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Nick Hakim: The up-and-coming New York-based singer songwriter is earning accolades for his debut recording “Green Twins,” with its song “Needy Bees” featured in a steamy scene of HBO’s “Insecure.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Andrew Bird: Stanford Live presents the virtuoso singer-songwriter dubbed a “one-man orchestra of the imagination” by TED. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

Elixir of Life: Opening a 11-peformance run in outdoor spaces around the Bay Area, the traveling show presented by the theater collective Idiot String is set in a “late-Victorian outpost where mysteries are part of the fabric of life and an old-fashioned tonic might do a body good.” [6:30 p.m., Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland]

Songhoy Blues: The rock band from Mail, influenced by R&B, soul and hip-hop, was formed in Bamako after its members were forced to leave their homes in Tinbuktu due to civil conflict. [9 p.m., Bimbo’s, 102 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Fashion Fights Arthritis: The 15th annual benefit for the Arthritis Foundation includes a runway show featuring couture by San Francisco-based designer Yuka Uehara, as well as a silent auction, reception and luncheon. [10:30 a.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

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