Yoga with beats, led by Libby Murfey, is on the menu at City Lights Nightclub on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Yoga with beats, led by Libby Murfey, is on the menu at City Lights Nightclub on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Nov. 18-19: Kid Thing, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, James Hersey, Youth Lagoon, Hip hop yoga

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18

The Kid Thing: The satire by award-winning Chicago playwright Sarah Gubbins is about what happens when two lesbian couples who have been close friends for years get together for a dinner party, and unexpected news of an impending pregnancy rocks their relationships. [8 p.m., New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: San Francisco Opera opens its run of Sir David McVicar’s production of Wagner’s only comedy. [6 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

James Hersey: The singer, songwriter and producer, the son of an American teacher and Austrian journalist, has an easy, jazzy pop sound. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Youth Lagoon: Fronted by Idaho-based Trevor Powers, the chamber pop band’s third album “Savage Hills Ballroom” has been described as its “most formidable work yet.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Steven Hill: The veteran journalist discusses his new book “Raw Deal: How the ‘Uber Economy’ and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnust St., S.F.]

Josh Rosenthal: The owner of Tompkins Square records and author of “The Record Store of the Mind” talks about his book (part memoir, part criticism) in an event featuring a performance by guitarist Richard Osborn. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 520 Clement St., S.F.]

Chris Potter: The jazz saxophone great, who has 15 albums as a leader and performed as a sideman on more than 150 CDs, opens a two-night gig. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcardero West, Oakland]

Mole To Die For Contest: Guests may sample tasty homemade mole recipes at the 12th annual competition (admission is $7, and $5 more for food to accompany the mole); at 9 p.m., winners will be announced. [7 to 10 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, NOV. 19

Hip-hop yoga: Libby Murfey leads an “epic” session of yoga set to hip-hop beats under black light in an event hosted by MoveWith, a San Francisco-based app. [6:30 p.m., City Nights Nightclub, 715 Harrison St., S.F.]

ILM animation: Mike Jutan, an engineer for animation and creatures with Industrial Light & Magic, talks about the history of ILM in the Bay Area and his own cutting-edge work in visual effects on blockbuster films. [7 p.m., Officers Club, 50 Moraga Blvd., Presidio, S.F.]

Ainsley House holidays: “Christmas Around the World” docent tours of the decorated Tudor style house (which run through Dec. 20) begin; a holiday boutique is also onsite. [Noon to 4 p.m., 30 Grant St., Campbell]

Franc D’Ambrosio: The stage star of “Phantom of the Opera” fame brings his cabaret show “Christmas in New York” to The City for one night only. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 22 Mason St., S.F.]

Toadies: The alt-rock vets from Texas are promoting “Heretics,” a stripped down collection of reworked fan favorites and new tracks. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

The Chocolate Watchband: (((folkYEAH!))) presents the psychedelic-garage band that formed in San Jose in 1965, broke up by 1970 and reunited in 1999 in San Diego; 1960s sunshine-pop veterans Powder, and San Francisco’s Cellar Doors also are on the bill. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Movits!: The Swedish hiphop-swing band, which sings in Swedish, began to make waves in U.S. after appearing on “The Colbert Report.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.}

French Cinema Now: The S.F. Film Society series opens with “My Golden Days,” a 2015 coming-of-age drama by Arnaud Desplechin and prequel to 1996’s “My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument.” [7:30 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

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