“Dear Armen,” an interactive multi-media theater piece inspired by an Armenian poet, is onstage at NOHSpace in The City. (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 5-6: Dear Armen, 50/50 Poetry Nights, Nick Diamonds, Ruth Reichl, Kevin Jennings

TUESDAY, OCT. 6

Dear Armen: The audience-interactive theater experience, inspired by Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and poet, integrates Armenian dance, erotic performance and spoken word. [7:30 p.m., NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

50/50 Poetry Nights: Intersection for the Arts hosts the first in a series of poetry sessions; this Small Press Traffic reading features Cheena Marie Lo, Justin Waltin and legacy poet Juliana Spahr. [7:30 p.m. Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.]

Nick Diamonds: The Canadian alt rocker, composer of the soundtrack for the podcast “Serial” and frontman of The Unicorns, plays a solo gig; folk-dream-pop act Lyla Foy opens. [8 p.m.,. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Seattle rockers: Telekinesis (aka Michael Benjamin Lerner), playing shoegaze/power pop, headlines a bill also with Say Hi (Eric Elbogen), described as “king of bedroom pop.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Fabio Frizzi: The musician and composer, famous for his work with director Lucio Fulci (“Zombie Flesh Eaters,” “Four of the Apocalypse”) performs an intimate concert paying tribute to the horror filmmaker. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Kevin Jennings: The founder of the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network lectures on “One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better … and What Hasn’t.” [6 p.m., Gay & Lesbian Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Ruth Reichl: The acclaimed food writer appears at Bar Agricole to promote her new book “My Kitchen Year” in a $75-per-person book-and-tasting event. [6 and 8 p.m., 355 11th St., S.F.]


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7

Ruth Reichl: The acclaimed food writer and former editor of Gourmet magazine speaks about her new book “My Kitchen Year.” [Noon, Oshman Family JCC, Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

The Glory of Spring: Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and guest artists Nicholas Phan and Diana Moore appear in a historically-informed performance of the lavish, complex piece by Italy’s premier 18th century opera composer Alessandro Scarlatti. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University]

David Talbot, Tony Robles: The San Francisco writers and activists discuss “The Preservation of Culture, Literature and Art in San Francisco.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Niall Ferguson: The author of “Kissinger: Volume I: The Idealist, 1923–1968,” speaks on the powerful presidential advisor’s formative years, political philosophy and the Cold War era. {7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.}

Anne Marie Slaughter: The president and CEO of New America, Princeton professor and former advisor to Hillary Clinton appears in an INFORUM presentation.
[6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss: The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation presents its 23rd annual wet and wild fundraiser, in which local luminaries take a plunge to benefit low income children and families; comedian and performer Brian Copeland hosts. [6 p.m., Phoenix Hotel poolside, 601 Eddy St., S.F.]

50th Anniversary Archive Show: Intersection for the Arts’ retrospective exhibition, which includes artifacts culled from more than 200 boxes and presents a portrait of the organization and its impact on local cultural life, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., 925 Mission St., S.F.]

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