Oct. 8-9: Polkacide Farewell Concert, Yekwon Sunwoo, Wizard of Oz, Winchester Orchestra, Soulfly, Dave Eggers, Quilt Show, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Pumpkin Weighoff, Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony


Polkacide Farewell Concert: The DIY punk and avant-garde group which formed in 1985 to play authentic polkas in a hardcore style (supposedly for one performance) appears in its final show after more than three decades of “beer and sweat soaked joyous chaos.” [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Quilt Show: The San Mateo County Historical Association presents an exhibit of traditional and contemporary quilts on view in the county’s second oldest building; the show is accompanied by “a bed turning activity.” [1 to 4 p.m., Sanchez Adobe, 1000 Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

Yekwon Sunwoo: The piano virtuoso and 2017 Cliburn Gold Medalist performs Schubert’s Sonata in C minor, Percy Grainger’s “Ramble on the last Love-duet” from Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” Rachmaninoff’s Sonata No.2 and Ravel’s “La Valse.” [2:30 p.m., McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave, Saratoga]

Unitarian Universalist Forum
: Rev. Vanessa Southern, the group’s new minister who has served in Boston, Washington D.C., New Jersey and Mumbai, speaks on “The Future of Religion.” [12:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

The Wizard of Oz: The show for families based on L. Frank Baum’s classic has been reimagined with popular songs from the 1930s and a fun, carnival-themed twist. [2 and 4 p.m., New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Winchester Orchestra: The community group hosts award-winning violinist Bella Hristova and concertmaster Bill Palmer performing Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and selections from “Carmen” and “The Barber of Seville.” [7 p.m., Lincoln Glen Church, 2700 Booksin Ave., San Jose]

Dave Eggers: The Pultizer Prize-winning writer launches his second children’s book,”Her Right Foot,” which is about the Statue of Liberty, and what the iconic lady stands for. [2 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

The Korean Peninsula-What are the Options?: Eric See, activist from the national office of Peace Action, speaks about angles facing the U.S. and the world concerning the region’s political crisis. [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists, 300 E. Santa Inez Ave., San Mateo]

Soulfly: Max Cavalera’s current band is playing “Point Blank” — his former thrash metal group’s Nailbomb’s only album — live in its entirety. [8 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]


Left Coast Chamber Ensemble
: The group honors “neglected” Polish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg with a performance of his Clarinet Sonata and new works written in tribute to him. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off: Monster gourds in the neighborhood of a ton or more — vie for a world record in the 44th annual event. [7 a.m. to 11 a.m., I.D.E.S. Grounds, 735 Main St., Half Moon Bay]

Heroes: Porchlight hosts Owen Egerton, Laleh Khadivi, Cleve Jones, Amber Tamblyn, Carvell Wallace and Norman Zelaya telling stories about heroes in a Litquake event preceded at 7 p.m. by Typewriter Rodeo, in which poets write on the spot on any suggested topic. [8 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Low Roar: The electronic-indie band is the vision of Bay Area-born Ryan Karazija, whose music was discovered by Japanese video game creator Kojima. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Psychedelics and the Pursuit of Happiness: Don Lattin and Ayelet Waldman, authors who have tried treatments involving psychedelic substances, discuss their respective books on the subject in the free Litquake session. [6 p.m., Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 500, S.F.]

Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony
: Alcatraz Cruises and the National Park Service host the event to commemorate the 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz Island by “Indians of all tribes.” [Rides to Alcatraz leave at 5, 5:15 and 5:30 a.m., Pier 33, Embarcadero, S.F.; ticket booth opens at 4:15 a.m.]

Writing the World-From Struggle to Joy: Visiting Irish writers Kathy D’Arcy, Stephen Connolly and Stephen Sexton appear in an informal seminar panel with Afro-Latinx writer Raina León and moderator Rosemary Graham about the “rebellious” act of telling their own stories. [7:30 p.m., Hagerty Lounge, De La Salle Hall, St. Mary’s College, 1928 St. Mary’s Road, Moraga]

Muhammad Yunus: The Bangladeshi Nobel Prize winner honored for his work on alleviating poverty speaks on “Doing Good in an Uncertain World” in a sold-out talk presented by the Commonwealth Club. [6:30 p.m., Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.]

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