Lauren Spencer and Damien Seperi appear in Crowded Fire Theaters’ world-premiere comedy “Mechanics of Love.” (Courtesy Pak Han)

Lauren Spencer and Damien Seperi appear in Crowded Fire Theaters’ world-premiere comedy “Mechanics of Love.” (Courtesy Pak Han)

Feb. 22-23: Mechanics of Love, Hanya Yanagihara, Terry Shames, Susan Shea, Patricia Park, Sam Outlaw


Mechanics of Love: Crowded Fire Theater opens its run of Dipika Guha’s world-premiere comedy, billed as “a wild romp about how we love, who we choose, and the cost of making sense of it all.” [8 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Hanya Yanagihara: The writer talks about her second novel, 2015’s “A Little Life,” a surprise best-seller and “traumtic tale of male friendship” nominated for the Booker Prize and National Book Award. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Terry Shames, Susan Shea: The local authors celebrate new books; Shames’ “The Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake” from her Samuel Craddock Mystery series, and Shea’s “Mixed Up with Murder,” in the Dani O’Rourke series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Central SF Classic Lit Book Club: The group discusses parts V through IX of Wallace Stegner’s great “Angle of Repose.” [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

David Bowie Tribute Party: The film “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” screens, along with a performance by Everyone Is Bowie and visuals by White Light Prism. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Sam Outlaw: The Southern Californian singer-songwriter’s sound melds everything from 1960s Bakersfield honky-tonk to ‘70s Laurel Canyon troubadour pop. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Patricia Park: Litquake and Green Apple Books present the author of “RE JANE,” a contemporary retelling of Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” in conversation with Vanessa Hua. [7 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]

The Song Remains the Same: Noise Pop and the Music Monday series screen the classic 1976 Led Zeppelin concert film. [10 p.m., Alamo Drafthouse, 2550 Mission St., S.F.]


Wendell Berry: The novelist, poet and environmental activist speaks on “An Ethical Philosophy of Land Use: How to Care for Our Only World,” presented by Peninsula Open Space Trust’s Wallace Stegner Lecture Series. [8 p.m., Center for Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Metric: Rolling Stone said of the Canadian band’s new album “Pagans in Vegas”: It “completes Metric’s decade-long move from taut, testy indie rock toward a synthier, dreamier sound”; Joywave opens. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Sally Osber: The Skoll Foundation leader speaks on social entrepreneurship in the talk “Bold Ideas to Make the World a Fairer, Better Place.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Low Life in High Heels: Rick Shelton (aka Countess Lola Montez) speaks in the S,F. History Association talk about the history of drag in The City, including spots such as the Black Cat Café and Finocchio’s. [7:30 p.m., Philip’s Catholic Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Thalea String Quartet: The San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s graduate quartet-in-residence plays a varied program of works by Schnittke, Stravinsky and Shostakovich. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Homero Aridjis: The Mexican writer, environmental activist and diplomat appears with his translator (and daughter) Chloe Aridjis in conversation about his new memoir, “The Child Poet.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The O’s: Opening for Dirty River Boys, the Dallas duo of touring veterans John Pedigo and Taylor Young blends country, folk, Americana and pop with catchy melodies and a sly sense of humor. [8:30 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

2Fik: The Moroccan-Canadian-French artist, who appears in his own photographs as multiple people, speaks as part of the S.F. Art Institute’s “Gender in Translation” program and visiting artists lecture series. [7 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

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