The Sam Chase plays a benefit for The Riptide. (Courtesy photo)

Nov. 23-24: Sam Chase, Philip Tetlock, Andrea Ponsi, David Eagleman, James Miller, Steven Saylor


MONDAY, NOV. 23

The Sam Chase: The San Francisco folk rock band that got its start at The Riptide (the Outer Sunset bar damaged in a recent fire) headlines a benefit show (and S.F. Food Bank Drive); Tom and Richard Frost (of Powder) and Whograss also play. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Philip Tetlock: The professor of management and psychology at Univesity of Pennsylvania talks about the methodology used in his new book “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction.” [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Andrea Ponsi: The renowned architect, artist and designer, author of “San Francisco: A Map of Perceptions,” speaks on “San Francisco Through the Eyes of An Italian Architect.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Ann Wilson Thing: The vocalist from Heart is on tour “excited to play unusual songs in small places.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

David Eagleman: The neuroscientist and best-selling author, whose new book is “The Brain: The Story of You,” appears in conversaton with Jacob Ward. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Steven Saylor: The author of historical novels talks about his most recent release “Wrath of the Furies: A Novel of the Ancient World,” which is set in 88 B.C. Alexandria. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

James Miller: The San Francisco poet reads from “Poetry James Miller,” a collection of 50 years of poems from his archives that had been scribbled on scraps of paper and stashed in files labeled “to be finished.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Market Street snowflake lighting: Music accompanies the ceremonial countdown to (and lighting of) 270 LED illuminated snowflakes on poles on The City’s major thoroughfare. [6:30 p.m., cable car turnaround, Powell and Market streets, S.F.]

TUESDAY, NOV. 24

Copeland: Pianist-guitarist-vocalist Aaron Marsh leads the Florida-based indie band, playing from its long-awaited sixth album “Ixora”; Eisley and We Are The City open. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Sean Keane: The comic, a former resident of The City and SF Sketchfest veteran, does standup; Natasha Muse opens. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Bay City Blues: Guitarist John Garcia appears at the weekly showcase, with special guest harmonica player Gary Smith. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, Mason St., S.F.]

Monika Trobits: The tour leader, historian and author of “Antebellum and Civil War San Francisco” presents an illustrated talk about the lingering presence of the antebellum and Civil War eras in The City. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Catholic Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Darwin Deez: The indie pop rocker recorded, mixed and mastered his third album “Double Down” by himself in his sixth-floor Brooklyn walk-up. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Magic Lantern 3-D: The flashy Dia de los Muertos projection created by acclaimed artist Bart Kresa lights up for the final time. [8 p.m., San Mateo County History Museum 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Riverdance: The international Irish dance phenomenon is back by popular demand on its 20th anniversary tour. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 255 S. Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Bright Half Life: Magic Theatre stages the West Coast premiere of Tanya Barfield’s fast-paced love story that follows Erica and Vicky through big, and small, moments of their relationship. [7 p.m., Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

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