“The Object Lesson,” Geoff Sobelle’s performance art piece with boxes, opens a six-day engagement at the Curran. (Courtesy Max Gordon)

Oct. 14-15: Object Lesson, Districts, Submarine Show, Tremonti & Trivium

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14

The Object Lesson: In his environmental piece, performance artist and Stanford graduate Geoff Sobelle stacks boxes and transforms the theater into a storage facility of gargantuan proportion. [8 p.m., Curran Under Construction, 445 Geary St., S.F.]

The Districts: The young band from Pennsylvania plays country-tinged rock on its debut album “A Flourish and A Spoil.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Tremonti and Trivium: The rock and metal bands from Orlando, Fla., co-headline the “HardDrive Live Tour.” [7:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Submarine Show: Bay Area-based performance artists Slater Penney and Jaron Hollander are doing a special engagement of their hit hour-long pantomime physical theater piece. [8 p.m., Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley]

Soraya Shalforoosh: The East Coast-based Iranian-American poet talks about her charming collection “This Version of Earth. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

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. ]

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.]

THURSDAY, OCT. 15

Susanna Mälkki: The Finnish conductor begins two weeks of performances leading the San Francisco Symphony with a program of Russian music featuring Christian Tetzlaff in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 and and Mussorgsky’s “Dawn on the Moscow River” arranged by Shostakovich. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to be Women}: The standup show features Jessica Sele, Lydia Popovich, Clara Bijl, Carla Clayy, Ester Steinberg and others. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Third Thursday Goes to the Dogs: The San Jose Museum of Art and Humane Society of Silicon Valley host an adopt-a-pet event in connection with current exhibition “Artists Including Me: William Wegman,” which features the artist’s signature photographs of Weimaraners. [5 to 8 p.m., 110 South Market St., San Jose]

Paul Theroux: The best-selling travel writer appears in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, presented by City Arts and Lectures. {7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Maria Popova: The writer and critic talks about her popular blog “Brain Pickings” in conversation with Alexis Madrigal. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Litquake panel: Critics, artists, scientists and historians including Kenneth Baker, Megan Prelinger, Tina Seelig, Adrien Segal, Ransom Stephens and Robert Van Buskirk discuss “The Art of Science and the Science of Art.” [6:30 p.m., Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

United Nations Association Film Festival: The 18th annual, 11-day event begins with an evening of short films, followed by an 8:20 p.m. screening of the feature-length documentary “Driving with Selvi,” about South India’s first female taxi driver. [6:30 p.m., Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto]

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