Zoppe, an Italian circus and perfect family show, begins its annual residency in Redwood City. (Courtesy Joel Wade Photography)

Zoppe, an Italian circus and perfect family show, begins its annual residency in Redwood City. (Courtesy Joel Wade Photography)

Oct. 9-10: Zoppe Family Circus, Aquilo, JR JR, Brandon Sanderson, Thundercat

FRIDAY, OCT. 9

Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus: Back for its annual two-week Peninsula engagement, the one-ring circus starring Nino the clown boasts acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and audience participation. [4 and 7 p.m., Red Morton Park, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City]

Aquilo: Rolling Stone said of the UK duo of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher: “Pop has rarely been this emotionally unashamed since the days Spandau Ballet.” [11:20 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

JR JR: Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott, indie rockers formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, have a new surreal music video for the single “Gone.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Brandon Sanderson: The best-selling author speaks about his latest fantasy novel, ”Shadows of Self.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Thundercat: Bassist-songwriter-vocalist Stephen Bruner’s talent stems from his dad Ronald Bruner, Sr., a drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. [10 p.m., 1015 Folsom, 1015 Folsom St., S.F.]

Castro Romero Flamenco: The award-winnning brothers-and-sister troupe from Madrid returns to the Bay Area with its acclaimed show, “Esencia Flamenca,” [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

David Schein: The solo performer presents “Out Comes Butch,” his sometimes controversial comic cycle of sexual transformation, and premieres “Distraction,” in which the audience is asked to be part of the show. [8 p.m., Exit Theater, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Lungs and Limbs: The San Francisco indie pop band, which cites Phantogram, Alt J and Yeah Yeah Yeahs as influences, plays a record release show. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

SATURDAY, OCT. 10

Mars Molecule Project: Heron Arts opens its show of bronze sculptures and photography by Mario Martinez with an artist’s reception. [7 to 10 p.m., 7 Heron St., S.F.]

New Voices: The free Litquake event showcases debut novelists Val Brelinski, Michaela Carter, Isaac Constantine, Jan Ellison, Angela Pneuman, Victoria Shorr and Gwendolyn Womack. [12:45 p.m. Z Below, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Chung Yeung Festival: Lion dancers, blessings and kite flying make up the program observing the ancient Chinese “grave-sweeping” tradition conducted on the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Skylawn Memorial Park, Highway 92 and Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo]

Nail and lip makeovers: “Nail Your Beauty Look” sessions are offered by cosmetic companies at select Target stores. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Metreon, 789 Mission St., S.F.; Serra Shopping Center, 5001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Colma; Fashion Island, 2220 Bridgepointe Parkway, San Mateo]

Civil Twilight; The South African alt rock quartet’s songs have been heard in “One Tree Hill,” “Vampire Diaries” and “Underworld: Awakening.” [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Wild Child: The Austin pop rockers play to promote the album “Fools.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

YBCA 100: Artists including Sonya Renee Taylor, Will Chase, Shaun Leonardo, Danielle Strachman, Favianna Rodriguez, Anthony Myint, Robert Mailer Anderson, Erin McElroy and Kyle Abraham address the topic: “Who do we believe is making the provocations that will shape the future of American culture?” [Noon, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Autre Ne Veut: The R&B and soul experimenter (aka Arthur Ashin) headlines a show also featuring dream pop duo GEMS, playing from the debut album, “Kill the One You Love.” [9 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.

AquiloBrandon SandersonCivil TwilightJR JRLiquakeNew VoicesThundercatYBCA 100Zoppe Family Circus

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