San Francisco Opera opens its 10-performance run of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver)

San Francisco Opera opens its 10-performance run of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” (Courtesy Cory Weaver)

Oct. 20-21: Magic Flute, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Wayne Hoffman, Ayse Birsel, Leanne Brown

TUESDAY, OCT. 20

The Magic Flute; San Francisco Opera opens its run of the revival of Jun Kaneko’s colorful multimedia production of the popular Mozart work. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lawrence Ferlinghetti: The local poetry great appears with editors Giada Diano and Matt Gleeson to celebrate the release of the new book, “Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2010.: [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Michael Doucet, Tom Rigney: Louisiana Cajun fiddle king Doucet and local champ Rigney appear in a dance concert of fab fiddle duets backed by Rigney’s band Flambeau. [8 p.m., Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley]

Dan Bagshaw: The artist opens his new show, which displays found paper, objects and assemblage from his extensive collection, with a reception. [7 p.m., Gallery-Ex-Libris, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Ayse Birsel: The award-winning artist and industrial designer talks about “Design the Life You Love,” a workbook-style publication based on her seminars. [Noon, Bludot, 560 Valencia St., S.F.]

Liberation of the Philippines 1945: The Friends of the Philippines Council hosts a $60-per-plate gala luncheon to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Philippines by American forces and their Filipino allies. [11:30 a.m., Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Wayne Hoffman: The executive editor of Tablet Magazine and winner of the Stonewall Book Award discusses “An Older Man,” the sequel to “Hard: A Novel,” in which protagonist Moe Pearlman has aged 20 years. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Jane Smiley: The Pulitzer Prize winner shares her latest novel, “The Golden Age,” the final installment of her “Last Hundred Years” trilogy. [7 p.m., Books Inc. 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21

Leanne Brown: The author speaks about her New York Times bestselling cookbook “Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day,” which began as a thesis exploring whether it is possible to eat well on a food stamps budget. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Arne Duncan: The U.S. Secretary of Education leads an in-depth discussion about key issues in education. [11:30 a.m., Commmonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Paul Clarke: The executive editor of Imbibe magazine and author of “The Cocktail Chronicles” appears for conversation, cocktails and book signing. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885a Caesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Alison Bechdel: The cartoonist whose graphic novel is the basis for the Tony Award-winning musical “Fun Home” appears in conversation. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

The Great San Francisco Sock Hop: The happy-hour event collects socks for Glide and raises awareness about the organization’s amazing charitable services; bring a pack of socks or a $5 donation. [5:30 p.m., Monarch, 1010 Sixth St., S.F.]

Rubblebucket: The Brooklyn-based indie dance band headlines a show also featuring Babes, a Los Angeles-based bedroom-rock five-piece. {9 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Fleur De Force: The British YouTube fashion and beauty sensation talks about her new book “The Glam Guide.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

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