Blues rockers Rival Songs headline the Regency Ballroom. (Courtesy photo)

Feb. 8-9: Rival Sons, Lianne La Havas, Conleth Hill, Frances McDormand, Worlds in the Making, Michelle Adelman


Rival Sons: A day before they open for Black Sabbath in San Jose, the no-nonsense Long Beach-based blues rockers. who have been compared to Led Zeppelin, headline in The City. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lianne La Havas: The British folk and soul singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s 2012 debut album “Is Your Love Big Enough?” was nominated for the U.K.’s big-deal Mercury Prize. [8:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Conleth Hill, Frances McDormand: The actors playing the notorious couple in Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of “Macbeth” appear in conversation with artistic director Tony Taccone, presented by the Commonwealth Club. [6:30 p.m, Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Worlds in the Making: The exhibit of site-specific, interactive works by Half Moon Bay artist and researcher Christina Conklin invites visitors to take stock of their personal and collective roles in climate change. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thacher Gallery, Kalmanovitz Hall Rooftop Sculpture Terrace, third floor, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Belif: The Korean skincare brand is offering free samples of its “moisture bomb” and “aqua bomb” moisturizers. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sephora Stonestown, 3251 20th Ave., Space No. 262, S.F.]

Michelle Adelman: The Bay Area writer discusses “Piece of Mind,” her new novel about a brain-damaged woman, which one critic called a “candid exploration of self-doubt, the bonds of family, and the fear of the unknown.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Meno Park]

Morality of Warfare: Peter Dale Scott, author of “The American Deep State,” and George Hammond, author of “Rational Idealism,” appear on a panel addressing how 21st century technology has affected warfare, and whether its effects can be moderated. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Hoodie Allen: The New York hip-hop artist (aka Steven Markowitz from Long Island, N.Y.) is promoting his fourth album “Happy Camper”; SuperDuperKyle and Blackbear open. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Adam Johnson: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Orphan Master’s Son” reads from and answers questions about his new book of short stories, “Fortune Smiles.” [6 p.m,, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

When We Fight We Win!: Co-author Greg Jobin-Leeds and contributing artists discuss the book of stories, philosophies and tactics connected to contemporary social change movements. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Scott Allan Morrison: The writer is promoting “Terms of Use,” his thriller which exposes the dark side of social media, where Internet companies use data to manipulate people’s thoughts and actions. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Meno Park]

The Knocks: The electronic duo headlines a sold-out show; dance pop duo Cardiknox and Sofi Tukker open. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Frank Lima tribute: Garrett Caples and Julien Poirier, editors of “Incidents of Travel in Poetry,” appear to celebrate the book collecting work by the streetwise Puerto Rican-Mexican writer and protege of Frank O’Hara and Allen Ginsberg. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Actors from the Fox TV comedy appear in person at a special screening of new episodes of the show. [7 p.m., Landmark Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Magic Lantern 3-D Show: The Redwood City Improvement Association premieres a new “3D Mapping Project” designed by Bart Kresa that transforms the San Mateo County History Museum into a colorful visual attraction. [7 and 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Selkie: Sarah Shaefer’s world-premiere play, which centers on the adventures of a creature that’s a seal in the sea and human on land, opens a two-week engagement. [7 p.m., Z Space, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

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