Oct. 24-25: The Unreal Garden, Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Film Festival, Thoughtful Asian Voice, Phil Collins, One City One Book with Thi Bui, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet


The Unreal Garden
: Tours are offered every 10 minutes of the “digital art experience” that integrates sound, 2D/3D projection mapping and augmented reality in which guests wearing high-tech headsets interact with flora and fauna coming to life around them. [Noon to 9:30 p.m., 1025 Market St., S.F.]

Barbara Kingsolver: The multi-award winning novelist (“The Poisonwood Bible”) speaks about her latest work, “Unsheltered,” a tale of two families set in two centuries. [1 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Animal Film Festival: The animal-rights themed lineup includes “Killing Games,” with director Camilla Fox of the Coyote Project in person to answer questions. [7 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Thoughtful Asian Voice-A Comedy Show Featuring Asian American Comedians: Teachers and techies Jeen Yee, Ian Kung, Imran G, Kethia Chheng, Tracy Nguyen and Helen Chu appear. [7 p.m., Trademark & Copyright, 1123 Folsom St., S.F.]

San Francisco Fashion Week: “Fashion Influencers Defining Style” features blogger Laura Ellner and fashion experts in an evening offering marketing and social media tips, and shopping. [6 p.m., Azalea, 411 Hayes St., S.F.]

Funny Girl: Olivier Award-winner Sheridan Smith appears in the West End revival (captured on film from the Manchester Palace Theatre) of the musical about Fanny Brice that skyrocketed Barbra Streisand to fame. [7 p.m., Landmark Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks & Desserts: Author Laura Smith Borrman and experts on the Bay Area’s classic culinary scene offer samples and discuss the new book. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

United Nations Association Film Festival: The program of humanitarian documentaries screens “A Bold Piece” from Costa Rica, followed at 8 p.m. by “Lovesick” from India and at 9:30 p.m. “The Jazz Ambassadors” from the US/UK. [6:30 p.m., Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St., S.F.]

Marcus Zusak
: The author of the best-selling “The Book Thief” appears in a ticketed event to promote his new heartwarming novel “Bridge of Clay.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Carl Broemel: The multi-instrumentalist of My Morning Jacket fame has a new, third solo album “Wished Out,” which Consequence of Sound called “some of the most energetic, honest work of his quietly excellent career.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Black Moth Super Rainbow: The experimental electronic band from Pittsburgh, Pa. is led by Tobacco (aka Thomas Fec). [8 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Koyaanisqatsi: McEvoy Foundation for the Arts screens the experimental, dialogue-free documentary by Godfrey Reggio, which draws its title from the Hopi word meaning “life out of balance” and features music by Philip Glass. [7 p.m., Building B, 1150 25th St., S.F.]

Night of the Living Dead: George A. Romero’s movie classic, which invented the “Zombie Apocalpyse,” returns to the big screen for two nights in a restored and remastered version. [7 and 10 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic
: The skating show with dozens of Disney characters opens a five-day South Bay run. [7 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara Blvd., San Jose]

Electric Cars 101: The Department of the Environment heads a session with information on how to shop for, purchase, lease or own an electric car, including how to charge it. [6:30 p.m., Noe Valley Branch Library, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Welshly Arms: The six piece band “laces daring alternative rock with gospel-size scope and bluesy heart.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Phil Collins: “Not Dead Yet, Live!” is the name of the pop-rock hitmaker’s first North American tour in 12 years. [8 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

One City One Book: San Francisco Public Library’s program hosts writer-illustrator Thi Bui, whose book “The Best We Could Do” documents the story of her family’s escape from South Vietnam in the 1970s, in conversation with Lauren Markham, author of “The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life.” [6 p.m. Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Rocky Horror Show: Ray of Light Theatre opens its fourth annual Halloween run of the musical cult classic with transsexual Transylvanians. [8 p.m., Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., S.F.]

Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet: Sunset Music and Arts presents the ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia in a program of music by Smetana, Gluck, Shostakovich and Handel. [7:30 p.m., 1750 29th Ave., S.F.]

Letters Home From Stanford: Alison Carpenter Davis signs copies of her book, a collection of hand-written and electronic correspondence of generations of Stanford students. [3 to 5 p.m., Bookstore, 519 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

MarchFourth: The fun Portland-based band plays brassy funk, rock and jazz — accompanied by acrobats. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.

Taina Asili: The New York-based Puerto Rican musician and activist and her band La Favi appear in a free concert. [6 p.m., Depot, 1650 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

The Revised Boy Scout Manual: Publishers and experts V. Vale, Mindaugis Bagdon and Peter Maravelis discuss the new edition of the satire by post-modern Beat Generation writer William S. Burroughs. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Real Friends: The Chicago group’s new recording “Composure” showcases its “progression from a pop-punk band to full-fledged pop-rock juggernaut.” [7:30 p.m., August Hall, 420 Mason St., S.F.]

Lady Washington: Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Tours offers tours of the replica of the historic 18th century ship, which will be in town through Nov. 6. [4 to 5 p.m., Pillar Point Marina, 281 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

King & Country: Christian pop rockers Joel and Luke Smallbone’s new album “Burn The Ships” is described as “epic, sweeping musical landscape that explores themes of new beginnings, forgiveness, hope and love.” [7:30 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

A Very Scary Misfit Cabaret: Opening a six-performance run, the Halloween season variety show offers drag, burlesque, aerial, circus, music and more. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

The Blaze: The French producer-director duo — cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric — released the debut album “Dancehall” in September. [9 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Jess Curtis/Gravity: Opening a three-show run, “Beyond Gravity” includes “intersectional performances and body-based performance works” by jose e. abad, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Abby Crain, Gabriel Christian, Rachael Dichter and Mira Kautto. [8 p.m., CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Embrace Your Freedoms
: Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas introduces the town hall event, an community effort toward expanding people’s knowledge of their rights. [7:30 p.m, California College of Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Macbeth: National Theatre Live’s production of Shakespeare’s tragedy is set in the post-apocalyptic aftermath of a bloody civil war and stars Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff. [7 p.m., Hammer Theatre, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose]

Maxine Hong Kingston: The author of “Woman Warrior” speaks at the ticketed breakfast benefit for Pathways, a nonprofit hospice, home health and palliative care organization. [7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Crowne Plaza, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

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