R&B superstar R. Kelly’s “The Buffet” tour has been described by one critic as “raunchy depravity oddly mixed in with innocence.” (Courtesy photo)

R&B superstar R. Kelly’s “The Buffet” tour has been described by one critic as “raunchy depravity oddly mixed in with innocence.” (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 19-20: R. Kelly, Kandur, Chris Santella, SF Dance Film Festival, Robert Klein, Lidija Dimkovska, Eric Swalwell

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19

R. Kelly: The king of R&B is playing from his 13th studio album “The Buffet” (with the summer jam “Backyard Party” and single “Marching Band”) on his 2016 tour. [8 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

The Proclaimers: Continuing to blend pop and politics, Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid, who’ve been performing in their band since the 1980s, remain as innovative as ever. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Rudolf Nureyev-Dance to Freedom: The film, which recreates how Nureyev became the world’s most famous dancer when he defected from the Soviet Union in Paris at the height of the Cold War, screens, in a preview event for the San Francisco Dance Film Festival featuring an appearance by filmmaker Richard Curson-Smith. [7 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Kandur: The San Francisco rock band led by Istanbul-bred Ilker Kandur is releasing the EP “Fantasy,” a set of heavy-hitting-yet-melodic alternative tracks influenced by Oasis, Foo Fighters and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Chris Santella: The author of “Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die” (and other books in the “Fifty Places” series) shares his tips for best destinations “to crack open a cold one, reflect on the day, and take in the scenery.” [5 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Pete Marra, Chris Santella: The conservationists, authors of “Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer,” discuss their book, which calls for removing “free-ranging” cats from the landscape, because they kill birds and other animals by the billions. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Robert Klein: The veteran actor, comedian and singer (the first to appear in an HBO comedy concert in 1975) opens a two-night engagement. [7 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Lidija Dimkovska: The Macedonian poet and writer reads from her novel “A Spare Life,” which won the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature. [7 p.m, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

THURSDAY, OCT. 20

Charlie Parr: The raw acoustic folk-blues-country artist from Duluth, Minn., plays 250 shows a year (or more) and has 13 recordings and “a nasty fear of heights.” [9 p.m., Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

SFMOMA artist talk: Swiss artist and designer Jurg Lehni and architecture and design curator Joseph Becker discuss relationships between language, the urge to communicate and display information, and associated emerging technologies. [7 p.m., Phyllis Wattis Theater, Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Networking and Selling: Subtitled “Turning Contacts into Revenue,” the talk and interactive workshop led by Tony Wilkins reveals how to “stop collecting cards and start making influential and revenue generating connections.” [5:30 p.m., S.F. Public Library, Learning Center, fifth floor, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Eric Swalwell: In conversation with Nellie Bowles of HBO’s “Vice News Tonight,” the California congressman addresses issues facing constituents in the 2016 election season. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Revolution Times: Observing the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers, the exhibition featuring highlights from 1960s and 1970s radical newspapers, culled from Billy X Jennings’ collection, opens. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m,, Design Gallery, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Paul Freedman: The Yale history professor speaks about his book “Ten Restaurants that Changed America” with Paolo Lucchesi. [12:30 p.m., Mechanic’s Institute, 57 Post St., fourth floor, S.F.]

Ikebana-The Art of Flower Arrangement: Katsuko Thielke leads a demonstration and signs copies of her books on the topic at the ticketed event. [2 p.m., Filoli, 86 Canada Road, Woodside]

LVL UP: Although the members of the indie band from Brooklyn call their sound “slacker rock,” they’ve ambitiously released two LPs; they play on a bill with headliners Bear vs Shark, a post hardcore group from Michigan. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Comedy Returns to El Rio!: The monthly standup show features Dan St Paul, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Natasha Muse, Sid Singh and Lisa Geduldig. [8 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

CalendarChris SantellaEric SwalwellKandurLidija DimkovskaR. KellyRobert KleinSF Dance Film Festival

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