The 20th anniversary tour of “Riverdance” comes to San Francisco in an eight-performance run. (Courtesy Rob McDogall)

Nov. 4-5: Riverdance, Safeway Holiday Ice Rink, New Thread Series, SF Olympians Festival

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4

Riverdance: Now on its 20th anniversary tour, the blockbuster show blending dance, music and song from Irish traditions opens a brief San Francisco engagement. [7:30 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

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

Golden Thread’s New Thread Series: The play reading program launches with Palestinian writer Amir Nazir Zuabi’s “Oh My Sweet Land,” which is based on interviews with Syrian refugees in Jordan. [8 p.m., Brava Theater Center Studio, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Autumn Palette: Artists in Tangerine Arts open their exhibition of diverse, eclectic works, each exploring the seasonal transformation “when life withdraws towards the dark of winter.” [Noon to 4 p.m,, Twin Pines Manor, 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont]

The SF Olympians Festival VI: The annual two-and-a-half week showcase of 30 new plays by 31 local writers (this year exploring an aquatic legend or god from Greek mythology) opens with “Triton, or Thinner Than” by John Lennon Harrison, [8 p.m., EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Richard Diebenkorn art lecture: In connection with Cantor Arts Center’s exhibit “Richard Diebenkorn: The Sketchbooks Revealed,” the artist’s daugther Gretchen Diebenkorn Grant shares her insights and thoughts on her father’s life and art. [5:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University]

Karaoke with KJ Paul: The Chapel’s Vestry restaurant kicks off its free Karaoke Night series, featuring KJ Paul, formerly at El Rio. [9:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Sonja Thomsen: The Milwaukee-based artist (and San Francisco Art Institute graduate) opens “You’ll Find It Where It Is,” a photo exhibition and installation, with a reception. [6 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, NOV. 5

Patty Griffin: The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s new album “Servant of Love” takes on big ideas in the vernacular of folk tales, blues cants and jazz gestures; indie-folk band Darlingside opens. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

All Stars Project benefit: The San Francisco Bay Area chapter honors women leaders in technology who have made it their priority to connect young people from poor communities to the Bay Area’s innovation economy at a fundraiser luncheon. [Noon, Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund: The dog (and award-winning blogger) appears at a “pawtographing meet-and-greet” to promote his photo book, subtitled “Adventures of the Wiener Dog Extraordinaire.” [7 p.m, Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.].

Concerts at the Presidio: “Bright Lights + Broadway by the Bay” includes tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the Gershwins. [7:30 p.m., Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio of S.F.]

Wheel of Time Companion launch: Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan’s widow and editor, and Jason Denzel, founder of the leading “Wheel of Time” fansite, talk about the book, which sheds new light on Jordan’s iconic fantasy world. [6 p.m., Borderlands Bookstore, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Rajeev Taranath: The virtuoso on sarod, a four-stringed lute, plays a rare local performance of classical Northern Indian music. [7 p.m., Sacred Stream Center, 2149 Byron St., Berkeley]

Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega: The 1980s-90s hitmaking folk rockers celebrate their favorite metropolis in “Songs From New York City: From Bleecker Street To Broadway.” [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Doc Stories: The San Francisco Film Society’s inaugural four-day festival showcasing documentaries opens with dicussion and screenings of New York Times Op-Docs. [6:15 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

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