Sept. 29-30: Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, Smuin Ballet, mc chris, A Tribe Called Red, Layla and Majnun

Composer-pianist Philip Glass appears in a concert of his piano etudes to begin Stanford Live’s 2016-17 season. (Courtesy photo)

Composer-pianist Philip Glass appears in a concert of his piano etudes to begin Stanford Live’s 2016-17 season. (Courtesy photo)


THURSDAY, SEPT. 29

Philip Glass: The composer opens Stanford Live’s fifth season with fellow pianists Anton Batagov, Sarah Cahill, Aaron Diehl and Jenny Lin in a program of his “Complete Piano Études.” [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St,, Stanford University]

How to Get Started and Generate Revenue: Best-selling authors Tony Wilkins, Minette Riordan and Kimi Avary share tips for launching writing careers, including how to promote a book and pros and cons to self-publishing. [3:30 p.m., Learning Studio, S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Wynton Marsalis: The trumpet great appears with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presented by Cal Performances. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Smuin Ballet: A world premiere by Garrett Ammon, the local premiere of Stanton Welch’s “Indigo” and Michael Smuin’s “Stabat Mater” are on the program, which runs through the weekend in The City. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

mc chris: The “undisputed king of nerd rap,” who has a new album inspired by Freddy Kruger, headlines a show with MC Lars. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1222 17th St., S.F.]

A Tribe Called Red: The Canadian electronic group blends instrumental hip hop, reggae and dubstep-influenced dance music with First Nations’ vocal chanting and drumming. [8 p.m,, Social Hall SF, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

Gary Clark Jr.: The Texas blues rocker, known for distorted guitar and smooth vocals, headlines a concert with fellow Texas artist Shakey Graves. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1110 California St., S.F.]

Tracy Kidder: The Pulitzer Prize-winner for nonfiction speaks about his latest book, “A Truck Full of Money,” which tells the story of maverick software pioneer and entrepreneur Paul English. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30

Layla and Majnun: The Cal Performances’ co-commission premiere — based on a story that originated in fifth-century Arabia, and became the foundation for the first opera of the Muslim world– is a collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group, the Silk Road Ensemble and Azerbaijani vocalists Alim Qasimov and Fargana Qasimova. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Auditorium, off Bancroft Way at Dana Street, UC Berkeley]

Dogcatcher: The catchy San Jose dance, alt-rock band plays to release its third, self-titled album, which was partially funded by playing acoustic gigs at The Fillmore in the poster room. [9 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F]

Chinatown Art Walk: The Chinese Culture Center hosts a free tour of public art, as part of Asia Week San Francisco Bay Area, a series of dozens of programs celebrating Asian art and culture. [10 a.m., meet at 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]

APAture 2016-Here: Kearny Street Workshop’s annual multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating emerging local Asian and Pacific Islander opens with a reception. [6 p.m., 1246 Folsom St., S.F.]

Cotopaxi Questival: Teams of two for four people fulfill various tasks — social, adventure, foodie, outdoorsy and more — to win prizes including gear and trips in the 24-hour event. [5 to 8:30 p.m. check-in, Crissy Field, 1199 E. Beach St., S.F.]

Aaron Diehl: The virtuoso and recipient of a Monterey Jazz Festival commission plays a free concert focusing on the two-handed American piano tradition, with works by Jelly Roll Morton. [7:30 p.m., Tateuchi Hall, Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View]

Todd Solondz double feature: The movie program of awkward 1990s quirk includes “Welcome to the Dollhouse” followed by “Happiness.” [7 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Art Night SF: The event features food trucks, cocktails, music and emerging and established local artists showing and selling their work.[5 to 9 p.m., UN Plaza, Market and Seventh streets, S.F.]

The Griswolds: Popscene hosts the Aussie alt-rock band with a sound Billboard called a “peppy bit of earworm” and openers, Los Angeles-based Zipper Club. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour: The lineup includes Puff Daddy with Lil Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox, and French Montana. [7 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]


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