San Francisco singer-songwriter Jenny Gillespie is playing her new album “Cure for Dreaming” Saturday at the Starline Social Club. (Courtesy photo)

San Francisco singer-songwriter Jenny Gillespie is playing her new album “Cure for Dreaming” Saturday at the Starline Social Club. (Courtesy photo)

Jan. 8-9: Secret of Life, SF Tape Music Festival, Baron Vaughn, Celebrating Ruth Braunstein, Jenny Gillespie


The Secret of Life: Indra’s Net Theater Company presents Bruce Coughran’s world premiere about scientists James Watson, Francis Crick and Rosalind Franklin in a quest to understand DNA, and a race for the Nobel Price [8 p.m., Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley]

San Francisco Tape Music Festival: The first of three evenings of the only U.S. festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space includes compositions by John Chowning, Joseph Anderson, Maggi Payne, Matt Ingalls, Adam Hirsch, Sam Salem, Timothy Cooper and others [8 p.m., Gray Area Art & Technology Theater, 2665 Mission St., S.F.]

Friday Nights @ OMCA: The Oakland Museum of California launches its fourth season of evening programming, including Off the Grid gourmet food trucks, cash bar, live music, dancing, free drop-in family activities, extended museum hours and half-price admission for adults. [5 to 9 p.m., 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

Celebrating Ruth: The tribute exhibition for Ruth Braunstein of works by Tom Bolles, Robert Brady, Bean Finneran, Gyongy Laky, Cork Marcheschi, Grace Munakata, Craig Nagasawa and Richard Shaw (who exhibited at Braunstein/Quay, a gallery in The City run by Braunstein for some 50 years), opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Fouladi Project, 1803 Market St., S.F>]

Baron Vaughn: The standup comic headlines his “Saturdaze Tour” on a SF Sketchfest bill along with Seattle-based comedian Emmett Montgomery and host Faith Choyce. [7:30 and 10 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Roderick on the Line: The SF Sketchfest show is a live re-creation of the frank and candid phone exchanges between John Roderick and Merlin Mann on their podcast. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Night of Too Many Musical Comedians: Crossover artists Eli Braden, Drennon Davis, Dragon Boy Suede and Eliot Glazer appear in the SF Sketchfest presentation. [10 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Fresh Festival: Hana Lee Erdman, Mica Sigourney and NAKA Dance Theater (José Navarrete and Debby Kajiyama) appear in the first weekend of programming of the seventh annual festival of experimental dance and performance. [8 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.


Jenny Gillespie: The San Francisco via Chicago singer-songwriter — whose style blends folk, electronica, jazz and pop — plays a release show for her new recording “Cure for Dreaming” on bill with Angela James. [7:30 p.m., Starline Social Club, 645 West Grand Ave., Oakland]

Movement Arts Walkabout: Patrons are invited to stroll at the fourth annual event, which includes simultaneous multiple dance, theater and music performances (at various stations) conducted by dozesn of artists celebrating the history of their respective forms. [7 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.]

Declarations for the New Year: The free exhibit showcases the responses from 40 artists, writers, cultural producers and civic-minded instigators who were invited to make short declarations or calls to action for 2016. [Noon to 6 p.m, Southern Exposure, 3030 20th St., S.F.]

Funky Soulful Dance Party: Two of San Francisco’s funkiest groove-based ensembles, The Humidors and Midtown Social, appear in concert. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia st., S.F.]

Romane Event Comedy Show: The underground comedy event returns for one night at SF Sketchfest, with performances by Scott Simpson, Tom Devenport, Drew Platt, Lauren O’Brien, Jane Harrison and host Paco Romane. [10 p.m., Brava Theater, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Shemekia Copeland: The blues singer recently received her third Grammy nomination for her 2015 recording “Outskirts of Love.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

BoomBox: Producers, DJs, songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Russ Randolph and Zion Rock Godchaux appear on their Bits & Pieces Tour, with Ryan Bauer. [9 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Battle of the Dad Bands: Round four of the competition features One Night Band, Big Twang Theory, Funrazers, The Love Handles, Recliner, Foxy Cleopatra and the Chris Donohoe Collective. [7 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

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