The hit musical “Once” is onstage at the Orpheum in a limited engagement. (Courtesy Joan Marcus)

Oct. 29-30: Once, Circa, John Grant, Gaytheist, Shakey Graves, Wendell Pierce

THURSDAY, OCT. 29

Once: The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the hit film about young people making music in Dublin. [8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Circa: The Australian performance troupe blurs the lines between movement, dance, theater and circus to create a unique, singular experience. [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, near Bancroft Way and Dana Street, UC Berkeley campus]

John Grant: The moody folk, alt-rock musician is promoting his third solo studio album “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Gaytheist: The post-hardcore noise rock band from Portland headlines a show also featuring Bay Area rock acts The Cutthroats, Love Moon and Pale Ape. [9:30 p.m., S.F. Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.]

Shakey Graves: The Americana artist from Austin, Texas, mixes rock, country and blues. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Women with Power and Purpose panel: Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli of Seneca Point Global, a group fostering women’s economic empowerment and legal participation, launch their book “Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

The Bell Tolls for No One: Editor David Stephen Calonne talks about the new collection of pulp stories by 20th-century American master Charles Bukowski. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Paul Reiser: The actor, writer, producer and co-creator and star of TV’s acclaimed “Mad About You” brings his comedy to the Bay Area. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]


FRIDAY, OCT. 30

Wendell Pierce: The award-winning actor and producer, who has been helping rebuild his native New Orleans, is promoting his new memoir “The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Halloween Extravaganza: The “3rd on Third” free Bayview bash includes live music, a haunted house, pumpkin carving, costume contests, mask making and prizes. [5 to 8 p.m., Mendell Plaza, Third Street and Oaklale Avenue, S.F.]

Jalaja Bonheim: The author of “The Sacred Ego: Making Peace with Ourselves and Our World” tells extraordinary stories about the transformative power of what she calls “heart-thinking.” [7:30 p.m., free, but call (650) 988-9800 to reserve; East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View]

Chocolate Puma: The DJ duo from Holland, aka “The Good Men” and “Zki and Dobre,” has reached the top of the US dance chart with the hit single, “Give it Up.” [10 p.m., Temple, 540 Howard St., S.F.]

KORN: The Grammy Award-winning hard rock innovators are topping off 20th anniversary celebrations by performing their debut album “KORN” in its entirety; Suicide Silence and Islander open the show. [7:30 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Jewish Noir: Contributors appear to launch the book, a collection of contemporary tales of crime and dark deeds by Jewish and non-Jewish literary and genre writers. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Seasonal CinemaLit: For Halloween, the series screens the 1968 film “Spirits of the Dead” in which directors Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim adapt three Edgar Allan Poe tales with perversity and style. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, fourth floor, 57 Post St., S.F.]

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