Musician Mahesh Kale presents “Melange ... by the Bay,” a program that combines art, history, storytelling and emotive Indian classical music on Saturday at Fort Mason's Cowell Theater. (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 2-3: Tango Lovers, Tricycle Music Festival, Melange By the Bay, Solange Ritchie

FRIDAY, OCT. 2

Tango Lovers: The show offers a unique perspective and glamorous balance of classical tango and more modern versions of the form, from the golden ages to contemporary times. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Aaron Nigel Smith: The performer kicks off the seventh annual Tricycle Music Fest with songs from his album “1 World Chorus: Celebrating Bob Marley,” which reimagines reggae beats for children of all ages. [3 p.m., S.F. Library, Portola Branch. 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Jim Breuer: The standup comic, from the movie “Half Baked” and “Saturday Night Live!” in the 1990s, headlines a show with Rich Aronovitch and Drew Platt. [8 and 10:15 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Hardly Stricly Bluegrass After Party: Americana music presenter Shelby Ash serves up a show with Sweetwater String Band and The Mountain Men. [9:30 p.m., Plough & Stars, 116 Clemennt St., S.F.]

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: The composer and arranger leads his 18-piece ensemble in the concert premiere of “Real Enemies,” a work that musically explores the subject of conspiracy theories and the public’s attraction to them. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

The Nance: New Conservatory Theatre Company begins preview performances of its regional premiere of Douglas Carter Bean’s play set in burlesque’s heyday and telling the backstage story of a headliner who plays “the nance,” a flamboyantly effeminate stock character. [8 p.m., 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Arts of Asia Lecture: Melissa McCormick, a professor of Japanese art and culture at Harvard University, speaks on narrative usage in Japanese medieval painting in a ticketed event presented by the Society For Asian Art. [10:30 a.m., Samsung Hall, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, OCT. 3

Melange … by the Bay: Mahesh Kale presents the diverse classical Indian music concert featuring Salar Nader on tabla, Vivek Datar on harmonium and guests Alam Khan (sarod), George Brooks (saxophone), Selvaganesh (percussion) and Radhika Iyer (violin), as well as emcee (and Bollywood actress) Ashvini Bhave. [3 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Medea: The Breadbox opens its final show of 2015, a production of the Greek masterpiece translated by Ian Johnstone and directed by Oren Stevens. [8 p.m., EXIT Stage Left, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Joe Montana: The football great appears in person, promoting Hugo Boss fragrances. [3 p.m., Nordstrom Valley Fair, 2400 Forest Ave., San Jose]

World Vegetarian Festival: Demonstrations, exhibitors, entertainment and talks, including a 5 p.m. appearance by Jin Rou, an American Buddhist nun and author of “Wok Wisely: Chinese Vegetarian Cooking,” are among the activities at the 16th annual, two-day event. [10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., County Fair Building, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Mikky Ekko: The American pop artist, who cowrote and appeared on Rihanna’s hit “Stay,” headlines. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Solange Ritchie: The attorney by day and author by night (based in Orange County but well-known in The City’s legal circles) speaks about her new mystery/thriller, “The Burning Man,” [2 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

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