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

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.]
BlastedCalendarErin Van RheenenPoetry & Jazz. Silicon Valley Arts ShowcasePsychic TVRedwood City OktoberfestRoland PetersenStookey’s Club Moderne

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