Comedian and “Saturday Night Live” newsman Michael Che appears in San Francisco. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 23-24: Michael Che, Charlie Jane Anders, Ethan Canin, Diane Coffee, Astronauts etc., Thalea String Quartet


Michael Che: The New York-based comic and member of “Saturday Night Live’s” iconic “Weekend Update” team brings his standup act to The City. [7:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

The Choral Project: The community-based choir celebrating its 20th anniversary appears for one night with the acclaimed, U.K.-based vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers. [7:30 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, 80 S. Market St., San Jose]

Charlie Jane Anders: The Bay Area writer and editor of the science fiction website io9 talks reads from her new novel “All the Birds in the Sky.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Ethan Canin: Appearing in conversation with Po Bronson, the writer discusses his latest novel “A Doubter’s Almanac,: which explores the genius, the rivalries and ambitions of a gifted family. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Diane Coffee: Promoting the album “Everybody’s a Good Dog,” the act (a project of Shaun Fleming) headlines a Noise Pop 2016 concert, with openers Hazel English, Be Calm Honcho and Dick Stusso. [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Astronauts, etc.: The Oakland-based “supermelodic pulp” band plays a Noise Pop 2016 concert, with Hunny, Naytronix and Kid Trails. [8 p.m., Independent, 638 Divisadero 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.]


Lori Ostlund: The California Book Award-winning San Francisco writer reads from her short story collection, “The Bigness of the World” and her novel, “After the Parade,” which is set in San Francisco and Minnesota. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Kate Hudson: The Hollywood A-lister (as well as mom and businesswoman) is promoting her book “Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body.” [7 p.m., Angelico Hall, Dominican University of California. 20 Olive Ave., San Rafael]

The Evidence of Things Not Seen: The solo show of installations, photography and video by Hank Willis Thomas (which explores notions of presence and absence, sound and silence, and visibility and invisibility) opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., Kadist Art Foundation 3295 20th St., S.F.]

Augustana Choir: The Illinois group sings works ranging from traditional spirituals to chants and contemporary pieces, all serving a purpose in service of social justice. [7 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Dirty Dancing: The touring stage version of the 1987 movie classic about the adventures of Johnny and Baby in a 1960s Catskills resort opens a month-long Bay Area run. [8 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

The Silk Road Ensemble: The eclectic 15-year-old orchestra founded by cello great Yo-Yo Ma includes musicians from more than 20 countries performing on instruments ranging from world percussion to Western strings. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

La Sera: Band leader Katy Goodman said of the group’s latest album “Music For Listening to Music To”: I wanted it “to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, Fell St., S.F.]

Comedians at Law: Standup performers Matt Ritter, Liz Stone, Stefani Silverman, Tyler Hintz and Matt Storrs have in common a passion for comedy and “desperate desire not to practice law.” [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Astronauts etc.Charlie Jane AndersDiane CoffeeEthan CaninFeb. 23-24: Michael CheThalea String Quartet

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