Oct. 12-13: Oddball Comedy Fest, Eleni Kounalakis, Alice Medrich, Bob Rubin

TUESDAY, OCT. 13

Oddball Comedy Fest: Hot acts Aziz Ansari and Amy Schumer head the lineup for the show, which also features Sebastian Maniscalco, T.J. Miller, Anthony Jeselnik, Jeff Ross, John Mulaney, Bridget Everett and Rory Scove. [5 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

S.F. history talk: Mike Phipps and Don Holmgren speak on “The Unique Fillmore Street Cable Car System.” [7:30 p.m., Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Eleni Kounalakis: The former U.S. ambassador to Hungary appears in conversation with Bay Area writer Ayelet Waldman in the Litquake program “Diplomacy and Dinner Parties: The Life of An American Ambassador.” [6 p.m., Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Third Man Books Night: The publishing imprint of Jack White’s Third Man Records launches two titles at the Litquake event: “PAIN: The Board Game” by Sampson Starkweather and “Hidden Water” by Frank Stanford. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Alice Medrich: The celebrity chef, chocolatier, author and winner of the 2015 Baking Book of the Year shares her thoughts on “Delicious Desserts.” [3 to 5 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Health talk: Dr. Jennifer Griffin and nutritionist Sharon Meyer from the Institute of Health and Healing speak on “Healthy Digestion and Microbiome: How Is Your Gut Health?” [6 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Taiwan Film Days: “Flowers of Taipei: Taiwan New Cinema” kicks off the S.F. Film Society screening; it’s followed at 9 p.m. by Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Boys from Fengkuei.” [6:15 p.m., Embarcadero Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

The Chappening-Part 2: Alcoholocaust presents Miss Lightning, Friends W/O Benefits, Gimmie Kisses and Alvie & The Breakfast Pigs in concert. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14

Bob Rubin: The crazed comic, a veteran of San Francisco’s Holy City Zoo heyday in the 1980s, headlines. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Hinds: The rock band from Madrid is promoting its debut album “Leave Me Alone,” a collection of 12 lo-fi tracks inspired by American garage rockers like Mac DeMarco, Ty Segall and The Black Lips. [7 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992: Writer-actress Anna Deavere Smith answers questions following a screening of a PBS-TV film based on her original New York stage production in which she transforms herself into scores of individuals set in the aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict. [7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University]

Maris Kreizman: The author celebrates “Slaughterhouse 90210,” the book based on her blog about the intersection of pop culture and literature. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Rituals + Remembrance: The 21st annual Días de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) exhibition, which explores how Latin American, Filipino, Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, African American, and other communities view death, memory, and healing, opens. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oakland Museum, 1000 Oak St., Oakland]

Daniel Romano: The Canadian musician’s sound, which is “not quite country, Americana, folk, songwriter or pop” but pieces of each, has an expansive new album, “If I’ve Only One Time Askin’.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Ah, Wilderness!: American Conservatory Theater begins preview performances of Eugene O’Neill’s play hailed as “a valentine to hearty turn-of-the-20th-century American life.” [8 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Berkeley Symphony: The season opening program includes the West Coast premiere of “Laterna Magica” by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, soprano Simone Osborne in Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d’été” and Ravel’s ”Bolero.” [7 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley]

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