A scene from San Francisco Opera’s 2013 production of Boito’s “Mefistofele” is among images on view in a new photo exhibit at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. (Courtesy Cory Weaver/S.F. Opera)

Oct. 3-4: Looking Through the Lens, Katrina Goldsaito, Sir Robert Penrose, Yusef/Cat Stevens, Citizen Josh, Corey Smith


Looking Through the Lens: Subtitled “The Glory of San Francisco Opera, Past and Present” the free exhibit features 135 photographs from the Edward Paul Braby San Francisco Opera Archive collections. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m,, Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building, fourth floor, 401 Van Ness Ave.., S.F.]

Katrina Goldsaito: The author of “Sound of Silence,” a tale of a boy who searches for an elusive but beautiful sound in the hustle-bustle of Tokyo, appears at a storytelling session with artist Julia Kuo and koto player Yoshio Saito. [9:45 a.m., Japanese Tea Garden, 75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Shortening-Making Irrational Rational: The installation by Nelson Saiers “incorporates properties of the number pi, prison vernacular, and NFL football jerseys to comment on irrationally long prison sentences given for minor, nonviolent drug offenses.” [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., New Industries Building, Alcatraz Island]

Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Transport: A panel of experts including representatives from Lyft and local transit agencies discuss possibilities and challenges as self-driving cars make their way to streets. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Elaine Miller Bond: The photographer launches “Running Wild,” her board book for tots that has pictures of animals and text encouraging youngsters to skip, dash, dive and run through the natural world. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Sir Robert Penrose: The English mathematical physicist and philosopher of science appears in conversation with astrophysicist Roger Blandford to promote his book “Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Blvd., Menlo Park]

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: The singer-songwriter and 1970s hitmaker, who abandoned pop music for decades, is playing his song again on a rare tour, which benefits international relief efforts. [8 p.m., Davies Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Citizen Josh: Solo performer Josh Kornbluth’s new piece is about how he finished requirements for an undergraduate degree by writing a monologue about the role of civility in public debate. [8 p.m., Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]


Corey Smith: The Georgia-based singer-songwriter turned over producing duties to country pro Keith Stegall for his 10th album “While the Gettin’ Is Good.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall,, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

The Charm Offensive: The standup show hosts comedians Paco Romane, Krista Fatka and David Roth. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Maggie Tokuda Hall: The neighborhood writer, doodler and podcaster launches her children’s book “Also an Octopus” at a party for grownups. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.].

Mascots: Filmmaker-actor Christopher Guest (“Waiting for Guffman,“ “Best in Show”) answers questions at a preview screening of his newest mockumentary, hosted by the San Francisco Film Society. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Weyes Blood: Opening for TOPS on a Noisepop bill, the artist (aka Natalie Mering) shares “stories of debilitating romance atop swells of 1970s tinged keyboards, guitars, vocal layering and horns” on her album “Front Row Seat To Earth. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

What We All Need to Know About Physics: Sir Robert Penrose, English mathematical physicist and philosopher of science, speaks on the topic with UC Berkeley mathematics professor David Eisenbud. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.[

Hedwig and the Angry Inch: Darren Criss appears in the national tour of the award-winning musical about a song stylist “out to set the record straight about her life, loves and the botched operation that left her with an ‘angry inch.’” [8 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

Julian Guthrie: The veteran Bay Area journalist speaks about her new book, “How to Make a Spaceship,” which details the many accomplishments of Greek–American engineer, physician and entrepreneur Peter H. Diamandis. [7:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

CalendarCitizen JoshCorey SmitKatrina GoldsaitoLooking Through the LensSir Robert PenroseYusef/Cat Stevens

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