“Defender,” a documentary about the criminal justice system featuring San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, screens at the Main Library on Oct. 21.  (Courtesy photo)

“Defender,” a documentary about the criminal justice system featuring San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, screens at the Main Library on Oct. 21. (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 20-21: Zaccho Dance Theater, Oakland Symphony, Jason Vieaux, Catherine Wagner, Mayhem Mansion, Russian Choral Music Festival, California Bach Society, Jay Som, Defender, State of Siege


The View From Here: Zaccho Dance Theater opens a two weekend run of choreographer Joanna Haigood’s live performance event that draws the audience into the world of Marc Chagall’s work, focusing on paintings that explore “love, life in the shtetl, revolution, color and multidimensionality.” [8 p.m., Zaccho Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave., #330, S.F.]

Oakland Symphony: The 29th season opens with music director Michael Morgan conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Jason Vieaux: The guitarist and bandoneonist Julien Labro play works by Piazzolla, Arvo Pärt, Pat Metheny and others, infusing classical music with tango and jazz. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Catherine Wagner: The photographer hosts a reception for her show “In Situ: Traces of Morandi,” the culmination of a two-year residency in Bologna, Italy, creating ethereal still life images in the studio of Giorgio Morandi. [5:30 p.m., Anglim Gilbert Gallery, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Mayhem Mansion: Opening a two-weekend run, the haunted house tour is a benefit for San Francisco Heritage and the upkeep of the Victorian Haas-Lilienthal House which includes Halloween refreshments. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2007 Franklin St., S.F.]

Russian Choral Music Festival: “Reaching Toward Heaven” features choruses from San Francisco, Burlingame and Santa Cruz performing works by A. Taneyev, S. Taneyev, Chesnokov, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Nikolsky, Kastalsky, Grechaninov, Lvovsky and Bortniansky. [8 p.m., Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4420 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Mark Kostabi: The composer and contemporary artist known for his distinctive paintings tackling social and psychological issues opens an exhibition of his new work. [6 p.m., Martin Lawrence Galleries, 366 Geary St., S.F.]

California Bach Society: Artistic director Paul Flight leads the 30-voice chorus and a Baroque orchestra of trumpets, tympani, oboe and strings in J.S. Bach’s “Missa Brevis” and “Cantata 21.” [8 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Tom Gun Live! A Maverick’s Homage: The interactive spoof is an absurdist stage adaptation of the 1986 Tom Cruise cinematic masterpiece, complete with karaoke, dance offs and paper airplane battles. [8 and 10 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Jay Som: Noise Pop presents the Oakland indie artist (aka Melina Duterte) earning accolades for the single “The Bus Song” off her breakout debut album “Everybody Works.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Sparks: The veteran art pop group (California brothers Ron and Russell Mael) have added a second show due to popular demand. [11:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local Designers Fashion Pop-Up Shop: San Francisco-based women entrepreneurs showcase and sell from their new collections of locally produced apparel, accessories and jewelry. [5:30 to 9 p.m., 1111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]


Defender: The documentary about S.F. Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s work on the high-profile case of Michael Smith, a young black man unjustly charged with resisting arrest at a BART station, screens, followed by a panel discussion. [1 p.m., Koret Audiotorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

State of Siege: Cal Performances presents Théâtre de la Ville’s production of Albert Camus’ ominous 1948 play, which follows two bureaucrats “through a hopeless and sinister landscape of political brutality.” [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

Margaret Cho: The pioneering comedian and San Francisco favorite appears in “Fresh Off the Bloat,” her “sickest” stand-up comedy show to date. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 428 Castro St., S.F.]

Salon de Bats: Sharon Art Studio, The City’s largest community art center, hosts Halloween fundraiser with art demonstrations, door prizes, drinks, treats and a spooky photo booth. [6:30 p.m., Sharon Art Studio, 300 Bowling Green Drive, S.F.]

Hoedown 2017: Ty Herndon is special guest performer at the LGBT gala benefit country-western dance, the “largest annual event of its kind anywhere.” [7:30 p.m., Regency Center, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Tash Sultana: The 21-year-old Australian phenomenon is showing off the “self-taught, guitar-tapping looping that has made her a breakout star.” [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.}

Rolling Loud: The two-day show, billed as “the biggest hip hop festival in the world,” features Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, ScHoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Isaiah Rashad and local favorites SOB x RBE, Nef the Pharaoh, Rexx Life Raj and Philthy Rich. [1 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Kimberley Lovato: The author signs copies of “Unique Eats and Eateries of San Francisco” and introduces THE Red (Tom McGarvey) of Red’s Java House at the book party featuring free cheeseburgers for the first 100 guests. [3 to 6 p.m., Red’s Java House, Pier 30, S.F.]

San Francisco Contemporary Music Players: The ensemble plays a program of works by Hans Abrahamsen, Philippe Leroux and Nicole Mitchell.
[7:30 p.m., Taube Atrium Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lily Cai Dance Company: The San Francisco-based Chinese modern troupe’s home season concert includes “The Mist Beneath,” “SenseScape,” “Shifting” and “Silk Cascade.” [8 p.m., Cowell Theqater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

San Francisco Trolley Dances: The moving showcase of live performances follows Muni’s N-Judah line from the South of Market to the Sunset and Golden Gate Park, and features site-specific works along the route. [Two-hour tours begin at 11 a.m. and run every 45 minutes through 2:45 p.m.; start at California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., S.F.]

Professional Bull Riders: The presentation featuring the “top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business” is billed as “the toughest show on dirt.” [6:45 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]

Dan Wilson: The Semisonic band leader and songwriter famous for “Closing Time” appears in an evening of songs and stories, sharing insights on working with Adele, Dixie Chicks and Carole King. [8 p.m., Swedish American Music Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Arcade Fire: The celebrated indie rock band is playing from its fifth album “Everything Now.” [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Eyelids: The Portland power pop band led by John Moen and Chris Slusarenko fuses “Big Star’s jangle, XTC’s melodies and the dream pop sounds of the 1980s Paisley Underground.” [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

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