Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner perform the first in a series of “Bridge to Beethoven” concerts presented by San Francisco Performances on Wednesday. (Courtesy Jurgen Frank)

Nov. 2-3: Robert Reich, Hal Niedzviecki, Ted Koppel, Dinosaurs of Comedy, Bridge to Beethoven, Jennifer Koh, Shai Wosner


The Importance of Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde’s classic, celebrating its 120th anniversary, is presented in a broadcast from the Vaudeville Theatre, London. [7 p.m., Century 9, 835 Market St., S.F.; and Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Robert Reich: The economy expert, former U.S. secretary of labor and prolific author discusses his new book “Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few” with New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Hal Niedzviecki: The Canadian writer and cultural critic talks about “Trees On Mars: Our Obsession with the Future,” which explores how society’s emphasis on creating and owning the “future” is unprecedented in history. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Dinosaurs of Comedy: Michael Meehan, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Johnny Steele and Steven Pearl do standup. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Ted Koppel: The Commonwealth Club presents the former ABC news “Nightline” anchor, whose new book is “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.” [7 p.m., Santa Clara Convention Center Theatre, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara]

David Spade: The sitcom star and “comic brat extraordinaire” brings his act to The City. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Smallpools: The Los Angeles-based power pop foursome is promoting its catchy debut album “Lovetap!” [7:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]


Bridge to Beethoven: In the first of four San Francisco Performances’ concerts pairing Beethoven’s 10 sonatas for violin and piano with new works, violinist Jennifer Koh and and pianist Shai Wosner play commissioned pieces by Vijay Iyer and Jorg Widmann. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

How to Get Clients and Generate Leads: The interactive session offers tips for increasing business [5:30 p.m., S.F. Main Library, Lower Level, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Criminal: Host Phoebe Judge presents five stories about people who’ve done wrong, been wronged (or gotten caught in the middle) during a live version of the hit true crime-themed podcast. [8 p.m., Lodge at The Regency, 1290 Sutter St., third floor, S.F.]

Kerry Eleveld: The former Advocate reporter discusses “Don’t Tell Me to Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

The Rocket Summer: The alt-rock solo-project of Texas-based Bryce Avary takes inspiration from Archers of Loaf, Jets To Brazil and Superchunk; Paradise Fears opens. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Ice Rink in Union Square: The seasonal attraction opens with a ceremony including comments from Assemblyman David Chiu and Snoopy from “The Peanuts Movie,” [9:30 a.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

Mary Lou Sanelli: The Seattle-based columnist and journalist shares her literary memoir, “A Woman Writing.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

K.K. Goldberg: The East Bay writer talks about “The Doctor and The Stork: A Memoir of Medical Babymaking,” her week-by-week reflection detailing the fears and joys surrounding a high-tech conception and high-risk multiple pregnancy. [7:30 p.m., Pegasus Books, 1855 Solano Ave., Berkeley]

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