Redwood City begins its annual fall Oktoberfest with an evening “happy hour” session. (Courtesy Joel Wade Photography)

Sept. 21-22: Redwood City Oktoberfest, Poetry & Jazz. Silicon Valley Arts Showcase, Psychic TV, Blasted, Erin Van Rheenen, Stookey’s Club Moderne, Roland Petersen

THURSDAY, SEPT. 21

Bier! Brezeln! Bratwurst!: The fourth annual event, a four-day affair with a traditional German Oktoberfest setting (bench seating, music, dancing, contests, cold beer and food) kicks off with a “happy hour” seating. [5 to 9 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Poetry & Jazz: AlteredBarbie invites guests to “revel in San Francisco art” through spoken word, jazz (by Jerry Woo & the Unknown Giants), humor, cheese and Champagne. [7:30 p.m., Back to the Picture, 934 Valencia St., S.F.]

Silicon Valley Arts Showcase: San José Museum of Art’s Third Thursday program includes presentations and performances from City Lights Theater, Montalvo Arts Center, Teatro Visión, The New Ballet, San Jose Chamber Orchestra and more. [6 p.m., 100 S. Market St., San Jose]

Psychic TV: The experimental art and music group was born in 1981 from industrial music’s Throbbing Gristle, founded by anti-hero and performance artist Genesis P-Orridge. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Blasted: Shotgun Players begin preview performances of the provocative, violent 1995 drama (for mature audiences) late English playwright Sarah Kane about a horrifying meeting between a middle-aged man and younger woman in a hotel room. [8 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

Erin Van Rheenen: The author of “Living Abroad in Costa Rica” introduces what she calls “the Switzerland of Central America,” showing slides and speaking on ex-pat topics such as immigration, buying property and medical care. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Stookey’s Club Moderne: The Art Deco club unveils its new neon sign at a party with music by Sara & Swingtime. [7:30 p.m., 895 Bush St., S.F.]

Tashlique SF Ocean Beach: The Rosh Hashanah ritual — in which participants get a fresh start for the Jewish new year by tossing (stale) bread into the ocean — includes music by the Jazz Mafia, Irish Piper’s Band and the Ministers of Sound of the Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church. [5 to 7 p.m., Ocean Beach near Fulton street, S.F.]

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

Roland Petersen-Six Decades of Painting: The show of work by the artist, a principal in the California and Davis school art movement and still working at 91, opens with a reception. [6 p.m., Studio Shop Gallery, 244 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

Dance Theatre of San Francisco: The contemporary troupe’s fifth season program includes premieres by Dexandro “D” Montalvo, Sandrine Cassini and Angela Dice Nguyen. [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

PUSHfest: The mixed-genre festival (with two programs) showcases dances by mid-career and emerging choreographers and includes the premiere of “Mothership (Part II)” by the PUSH Company. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Glass Animals: The English indie quartet from Oxford, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Mercury Prize, is on its third North American headlining tour. [7 p.m., Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Road, Berkeley]

Citation: Ticket holders may come and go as they please during the “37-hour durational performance” by Raegan Truax, an “exhaustive work that traces queer and feminist performance lineages.” [9 a.m. Friday to 10 p.m. Saturday, CounterPulse, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Big Book Sale 2017: The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s 53rd annual sale offers more than 500,000 books and media (CDs, records, DVDs and audio books) for $3 or less. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Cruise for a Cause: The $125 per-ticket evening of blues on the bay on the San Francisco Belle (a former Louisiana river boat) is a benefit for San Francisco Housing Development Corporation featuring performances by Kenny Neal, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers and Tia Carroll. [7 p.m., Pier 3, The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Footloose presents YES to Everything: The three-weekend performance art series kicks off with Nikolas Strubbe’s “The Incredible Feelzo: Man of Moderate Talent” and dancer Dalton Alexander’s “#whitenoise-A Neologism.” [8 p.m., SAFEhouse Arts, 1 Grove St., S.F.]

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