Charged Particles (keyboardist Murray Low, bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Jon Krosnick, pictured) and sax man Tod Dickow play a tribute concert to Michael Brecker at Red Poppy Art House on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Charged Particles (keyboardist Murray Low, bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Jon Krosnick, pictured) and sax man Tod Dickow play a tribute concert to Michael Brecker at Red Poppy Art House on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 3-4: Lucia Berlin celebration, SF Symphony Concert of Champions, Alvon Johnson, Bullet for My Valentine, Footloose Bitch & Tell Variety Show, Tribute to Michael Brecker


Footloose Presents Bitch & Tell: The show of stand up, physical comedy, clown, juggling and improvisation featuring Windy Wynazz, Paco Romane, Pearl Marill, Bri Crabtree, Allison Mick and Mary Hicks has a Super Bowl theme. [8 p.m., SAFEhouse Arts, 1 Grove St., S.F.]

Lucia Berlin celebration: Poet August Kleinzahler and editor Stephen Emerson read from Berlin’s “A Manual for Cleaning Women,” a compilation of the best work of the late legendary short-story writer. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Comedy Allstars: Joe Klocek, Carla Clayy and Toby Muresianu open a four-night standup engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Matt Nathanson: The fun San Francisco acoustic pop folk rocker headlines a free concert at Super Bowl City. [6 p.m., City Stage, Sue Bierman Park, Washington and Drumm streets, S.F.]

Alvon Johnson: The veteran blues singer and guitarist is a former member of the Coasters. [7:30 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony: Partnering with NFL Films, the orchestra celebrates Super Bowl 50 with a movie and music “A Concert of Champions” with conductor Joshua Gersen and host Marcus Allen, NFL Hall of Fame running back. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bullet for My Valentine: The Welsh heavy metal band’s “British Invasion Tour” also features English metalcore outfits Asking Alexandria and While She Sleeps. [7:30 p.m., Warfield Theatre, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Dan Jurafsky: The Stanford professor speaks about his book “The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu.” [Noon, Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]


Tod Dickow and Charged Particles: Saxophonist Dickow and the trio — keyboardist Murray Low, bassist Aaron Germain and drummer Jon Krosnick– perform a tribute to jazz great Michael Brecker. [7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

Exploratorium’s After Dark: The science center’s evening series for adults focuses on sex and chocolate and features guests from the Paleogenomics Lab at UC Santa Cruz, the Stanford MRI lab and author-activist Carol Queen from Good Vibrations. [6 to 10 p.m., Embarcadero at Green Street, S.F.]

Jesse Cook: The Juno Award-winning Canadian guitarist, producer and nuevo flamenco star plays virtuosic rumba, jazz and other forms of world music. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Mozart’s Piano: KDFC and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra present keyboard master Kristian Bezuidenhout playing Mozart selections from Concerto for Fortepiano No. 23 in A major on a replica of the composer’s instrument. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

New Century Chamber Orchestra: In the first of a local concert series, the ensemble presents British violinist Daniel Hope, as guest concertmaster and soloist in an eclectic program dedicated to his mentor Yehudi Menuhin. [8 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley]

Cigars with The Stars Ditka & Jaws: The party features coach Mike Ditka, Ron “Jaws” Jaworski and NFL Legends in an evening of cigars, camaraderie and Super Bowl anticipation. [7 p.m., Jones, 620 Jones St., S.F.]

Barbara Keck: The journalist and wine expert talks about her book “Wineries of the Sierra Foothills: Risk-Takers & Rule-Breakers” in the Literary Events at Mechanics’ Institute program. [6 p.m., 57 Post St., fourth floor, S.F.]

Lost Frequencies: The Belgian producer (aka Felix De Laet) of “Reality” fame hits The City. [10 p.m., Audio, 316 11th St., S.F.]

Josh Groban: The singer appears onscreen in a Fathom Events “Stages Live Concert.” [7:30 p.m., Century San Francisco Centre 9, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Ron Nordland: The former New York Times Kabul bureau chief speaks about his book “The Lovers: Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet, the True Story of How They Defied Their Families and Escaped an Honor Killing. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Nufonia Must Fall Live: The multi-disciplinary adaptation of Kid Koala’s graphic novel is a film animated live onstage, with the soundtrack played live by the Afiara String Quartet directed by K. K. Barrett. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

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