The wild and interactive Edwardian Ball gets under way today at the Regency Center. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 22-23: Edwardian Ball, StarTalk Live w/Bill Nye and Eugene Mirman, Bill Fox, Alex Edelman, S.F. Arts Commission Gallery opening, Martin Lawrence

FRIDAY, JAN. 22

Edwardian Ball: The two-day, 16th annual cosplay festival, called “the No. 1 steampunk event,” opens with an evening titled “World’s Faire.” [8 p.m., Regency Center, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

StarTalk Live: Bill Nye the Science Guy and Eugene Mirman of “Bob’s Burgers” fame explore current events from the frontiers of science in the SF Sketchfest presentation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Bill Fox: The former San Francisco cop and photographer for the 49ers drew from his experiences to write his new novel, “Lands End.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Presidential Debate-The Write-in Candidates: Tom Shillue, host of Fox News’ “Red Eye,” moderates the SF Sketchfest debate between character improvisers James Adomian, Matt Besser, Paul Gilmartin, Mary Houlihan, Brian Huskey and Dan Van Kirk. [10:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Alex Edelman-Millennial: The New York-based, Boston-raised comedian appears in his Edinburgh Fringe Festival-winning show, presented by SF Sketchfest on a bill with Portland comic Sean Jordan. [10 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Abigails: The Los Angeles band’s debut album “Songs of Love & Despair” is described as “satanic Lee Hazlewood-ish country jams.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

S.F Arts Commission Galleries opening: A new and expanded 4,400-square-foot exhibition space is celebrated with a reception for three exhibits featuring 13 regional artists. [6 p.m., Veterans Building, Suite 125, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Martin Lawrence: The comedian (and Hollywood actor of “Bad Boys” fame) concludes a two-night Bay Area engagement of his tour “Doin’ Time Live!” [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]


SATURDAY, JAN. 23

D.I.R.T. Festival 2016: Dance Brigade’s “Dance In Revolt(ing) Times” series opens with works by Rainy Demerson, Portsha Jefferson, Latanya Tigner and Delina Patricia Brooks, who address the question “What happens when artists revolt?” [8 p.m., Dance Mission Theater, 3316 24th St., S.F.]

Quiet Company: The Austin band’s sound has been called a “a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer”; alt rockers Kickback, known for quirky confessionals, 1960s bubblegum sensibility and a broad array of influences, opens. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

The Odyssey–from Vietnam to America: The piece by Emmy Award-winning composer Vân-Ánh Võ marries traditional sounds of Vietnamese instruments with Western instruments and electronic music, symbolizing personal and spiritual journeys of people escaping the war. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Alexander Jean: The soulful rock-hybrid duo features Emmy-nominated performer Mark Ballas and singer-songwriter BC Jean. [7 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Parenthetical Constructs: The show of paintings by J. Kung Dreyfus — who studied the effects of technology on the individual and on society — opens with a reception. [5:30 p.m., a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama St., S.F.]

Beauty and the Beast: Subtitled “Wildflowers and Climate Change,” the 17-year documentary photography project by Rob Badger and Nita Winter (who were inspired by the 1997-98 El Niño rains) opens with a meet-the-artists reception. [2 p.m., Main Library, Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The Bright Light Social Hour: The Austin, Texas band draws inspirations from its traditional Southern roots, blending culture, blues, rock and jazz with synths and electronic influences. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Nick Bruel: The author of the best-selling “Bad Kitty” book series appears at the Bay Area Children’s Theatre’s opening performances of “Bad Kitty On Stage!” [11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Chrome Sparks: Brooklyn-based DJ producer Jeremy Malvin is inspired by classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers. [10 p.m., Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.]

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