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.

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