Zoppe Family Circus begins its final weekend under the big tent in Redwood City. (Courtesy Joel Wade Photography)

Oct. 26-27: Zoppe Family Circus, Sasha Polakow-Suransky, Open Mike Eagle, Pacifico, Vinyl Destination,Requiem, Matt Walker, Osmo Vänskä , Antibalas, Akram Khan’s Until the Lions

THURSDAY, OCT. 26

Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus: The 175th anniversary presentation, which runs through Oct. 29, includes equestrian showmanship, acrobats, canine capers and the antics of Nino the Clown! [6:30 p.m., Circus tent, Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City]

Sasha Polakow-Suransky: The former op-ed editor of the New York Times and author of “Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy” discusses why extreme nationalism has been on the rise. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Open Mike Eagle: The alt hip hop artist (and polymath, MC, comedian and podcast host) headlines his “Robert Taylor Homes Tour” promoting his new album “Brick Body Kids Still Daydream.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Pacifico: The indie pop rock act led by Matthew Schwartz plays from the new album “Everest.” [7 p.m., Simple Pleasures Cafe, 3434 Balboa St., S.F.]

SF Progressive Democrats talk: Scholars Anthony D’Agostino of SFSU and George Wright of Cal State appear on the panel: “U.S.-Russia relations: War Ideology or Common Sense?” [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Vinyl Destination-LP Lathing: Michael Carney, producer from Lost Alley Records, embosses LPs in real time, demonstrating how records are made and how they work. [5 to 7 p.m., Atrium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Requiem: The installation (of scrolls, murals, film footage and bones) by Summer Mei Ling Lee, honoring the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals that brought the bones of thousands of Chinese immigrants — considered “permanent aliens” under the 1882 U.S. legislation — home to China, opens with a reception. [5 to 8 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor (inside Hilton Hotel), S.F.]

Matt Walker: The professor of neuroscience and psychology of UC Berkeley and the author of “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams” appears in conversation with journalist Alison van Diggelen. [7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

San Francisco Symphony-A Finnish Tableau: Guest conductor Osmo Vänskä leads the first of three performances of Sibelius’ “Finlandia” and Violin Concerto, featuring Baiba Skride, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Antibalas: Brooklyn’s venerable 12-piece Afrobeat ensemble, which calls its latest album “Where The Gods Are In Peace” an “enlightening cosmic voyage,” opens a two-night engagement. [9 p.m., New Parish, 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

FRIDAY, OCT. 27

Akram Khan’s Until the Lions: The hour-long work (blending Indian kathak, modern dance, martial arts and live music) by the Bangladeshi choreographer is based on the ancient epic poem “The Mahabharata.” [7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University]

The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler: Dragon Productions Theatre Co. opens a month-long run of the comedy by Jeff Whitty (of “Avenue Q” fame), described by one critic as a “wacky, poignant, irreverent and witty reinvention of Henrik Ibsen’s most possessed tragic figure.” [8 p.m., Dragon Theatre, 2120 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dorrance Dance: Tap dancer-choreographer Michelle Dorrance is known for connecting tap’s history to contemporary culture and infusing the form with theatricality and humor. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Bancroft Way near Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

MUMU: The intimate 90-minute art-theater experience, a “celebration of death and meditation summoning spirits with dance, soundscape, light and poetry,” is co-presented by Bindlestiff Studio, a Filipino American performing arts center, in observance of All Souls Day in the Philippines. [8 p.m., 185 Sixth St., S.F.]

Barefoot Chamber Concert: “Boreas Blows: Renaissance and Baroque Music from Germany,” features the Farallon Recorder Quartet (Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Louise Carslake and Miyo Aoki) playing works by Senfl, Finck, Isaac, Hofhaimer, Buxtehude, Bach and Fux. [6 p.m., Mark’s Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley]

Halloween Dance Rent Party: “Lifting the Veil 2,” a fund-raiser for Dance Mission’s effort to keep its permanent home in the Mission, features DJs, performances and raffle prizes. [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Ragged Wing Ensemble: The troupe opens “Multiverse,” a premiere multidisciplinary performance piece about scientists-turned-astronauts who go on a journey “through multiple realities (dystopian, strange, beautiful, comic) in search of a kinder, freer world.” [8 p.m., Flight Deck, 1540 Broadway, Oakland]

Jukebox the Ghost: The three-piece power pop band from Washington, D.C. has been finding success with its HalloQueen show, which features the group in costume, doing Queen cover tunes. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Saint Motel: The Los Angeles group’s 2016 album “saintmotelevision” has been described as “a beautifully alchemized piece of alt-pop.”
[8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Zac Brown Band: The award-winning, hit-making country act, with 15 No. 1 radio singles and the five-time platinum “The Foundation,” also has found success on the rock charts. [7 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

One Found Sound: The democratically run chamber orchestra that performs without a conductor opens its fifth anniversary season with “Monster Masquerade,” a program of works by Bach, Dvorak and Stravinsky, accompanied by a costume party. [8 p.m., Monument, 140 Ninth St., S.F.]

DJ MK: Detroit-born producer Marc Kinchen is known for the 1990s dance hits “Always” and “Love Changes.” [9:30 p.m., Audio SF, 316 11th St., S.F.]

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