Oct. 3-4: Calligraphies in Conversation, Leila Janah, SF Symphony Oktoberfest, ANT, Greg Baldwin, Vance Joy, Kevin Klein Live 105 3rd Anniversary Party, Shawn Colvin


Calligraphies in Conversation: More than 70 artworks are on view in the fourth annual exhibition, which reflects calligraphy traditions from around the world as well as the beauty of different languages. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time: Leila Janah, founder of Samasource, a nonprofit with a mission to reduce global poverty by outsourcing digital work to poor, unemployed people, appears in conversation with UC Berkeley professor Laura D. Tyson. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

S.F. Symphony Oktoberfest: Conductor Christian Reif leads a concert of Bavarian-inspired tunes and festive drinking songs, which is preceded by pre- and post-show biergarten access with drinks, bites and polka. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

ANT, Greg Baldwin: The Second Chance podcast comedians appear in a standup show with Jimmy Shin: [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Frances Moore Lappé, Adam Eichen: The “Diet for a Small Planet” author and organizer speak about their book “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want,” which answers the question for those who are asking “what do we do now?” in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Vance Joy: The award-winning Australian folk singer-songwriter headlines, with Roan Chappell and Amy Shark opening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Kevin Klein Live 3rd Anniversary: The Live 105 morning radio personality is celebrated at a free show featuring an acoustic appearance by indie folk pop artist Vance Joy and the station’s excellent music director Aaron Axelson. [2 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Whisky Week: Master distiller Alex Chasko speaks on “What’s Old Is New Again: The Future of Irish Whiskey” in the informational “guided tasting” open to ages 21 and older. [8 p.m., Elixir, 3200 16th St., S.F.]

613 Improv: Rebecca Poretsky of BATS Improv leads a performance, part of the free first Tuesdays program, inspired by the exhibition “Archie Rand’s The 613,” in which a painting represents each of 613 rules for religious behavior asked of all Jews. [1 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]


Shawn Colvin: The songwriter is on the 20th anniversary tour of her album “A Few Small Repairs” (with the hit “Sunny Came Home”); Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, called “the first couple of Americana” by Mojo, open. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Urban Reinventions-San Francisco’s Treasure Island: Editors Lynn Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia discuss the new book of essays which tells the story of the 400-acre man-made island (created in 1937) which “has paradoxically been central to The City’s urban ambitions.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Adam Greenfield: The author of “Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life,” speaks about his book, which advocates for people to reconsider relationships with their devices and calls for resistance to rule by the tech elite. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.}

T-Pain: The rapper plays a special acoustic sold-out show, with 1980 guitarist-producer Carl Gershon and producer Felly opening. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Gordon Parks-The Making of an Argument: The major exhibition of work by the photographer, artist and filmmaker explores the story behind his breakthrough 1948 Life magazine photo series “Harlem Gang Leader” about life among the street gangs of postwar Harlem. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

Kevin Kwan: The author of “Crazy Rich Asians,” his best-selling comic novel (loosely based on his own childhood in Singapore) speaks about his book and its upcoming movie adaptation. [6:30 p.m., Presentation Theater, University of San Francisco, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Happy Abandon: The orchestral indie band from Chapel Hill, N.C. plays a free show. [8 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

The Judas Passion: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents the U.S. premiere of a co-commission by Sally Beamish for period instruments and voices that asks: “Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven?” and offers a new interpretation of an ancient story. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

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