“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” runs at the Golden Gate Theatre through October. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Oct. 4-5: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rabih Alameddine, Maggie Tokuda Hall, Christopher Guest, Josefine Klougart, U2


Hedwig and the Angry Inch: 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’” is onstage in The City through October.[8 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor 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.]

Rabih Alameddine: The National Book Award finalist launches “The Angel of History,” his new novel about an Arab American poet whose adult life in San Francisco spans the AIDS decades. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Maggie Tokuda Hall: The neighborhood writer, doodler and podcaster is promoting 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.]

Josefine Klougart: The acclaimed Danish writer (who has been compared to Virgina Woolf) reads from “One of Us is Sleeping,” the first of her novels translated into English. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Julian Guthrie: The veteran Bay Area journalist discusses 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.]

Eowyn Ivey: The author speaks about her second novel, “To the Bright Edge of the World,” a man-against-nature tale set in the Alaskan wilderness in the late 19th century — with magical realism. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


U2: The Irish rock megastars headline the seventh annual Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, a $1,000 (and up) fund-raiser. [7 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]

Steepwater Band: The Chicago-based group says its sound is built on the “foundation of gritty hometown blues, but southern fried at the edges and swimming in a vat of vintage early ‘70s Faces/Stones gravy.” [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Okkervil River: The Austin, Texas-based indie folk band headed by Will Sheff is getting rave reviews for its new album “Away.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.] –

Tree Lighting Celebration: The Downtown Redwood City Light Project, a beautification effort which has put lights on strings on 165 trees, kicks off with a ceremony in front of the Fitzpatrick Building. [7:30 p.m., 2000 Broadway, Redwood City]

Conservation Speaker Series: Rosamira Guillen, director of Project Tamarin, which works to save the tiny endangered primates in Colombia, talks about her work. [6:30 p.m., Zimmer Auditorium, Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road, Oakland]

Costume Shop tour: American Conservatory Theater shows off the place where costumes are built, stored and rented as part of the S.F. Public Library’s reading event focusing on ACT director Carey Perloff’s memoir “Beautiful Chaos-A Life in the Theater.” [2 p.m., meet in Atrium, S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dylan Thuras: The co-author of “Atlas Obscura-An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders” — which includes 144 destinations in the Bay Area — appears in conversation with Mary Roach. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Emel Mathlouthi: The Tunisian vocalist, who has been called “the voice of the Tunisian revolution” and her country’s Joan Baez, appears, presented by the Stanford Live series “Islamic Voices.” [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

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