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Museum of American Heritage: “Thomas Edison and His Rivals — Bringing Electricity to America.” Through Feb. 18. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto. www.moah.org or 650-321-1004. Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 14-15. Huge pumpkins, pumpkin carving, fine art, live music, good, entertainment. Main Street between Mill and Spruce streets, Half Moon Bay. Free. http://www.miramarevents.com or 650-726-9652. 38th annual Harvest Craft Faire: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 14. Hand-crafted items made by more than 40 artisans. Gourmet and garden shops, a DIY succulent garden and a beekeeping demo. Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave. (at Foothill Expressway), Los Altos. Free. https://www.facebook.com/HarvestCraftFaire or 408-257-8640.
An Afro-Cuban legend, a comedy about shutting the (expletive) up and an opera/electronica concert top my Weekend Top 10 for Oct, 12-15, 1 Omar Sosa: The Cuban-born, former East Bay pianist, composer and world music ambassador has created a wealth of sublime music since the mid-1980s, In the nearly 30 albums he has released as a solo artist, collaborator or band leader, Sosa has followed the interwoven paths of African, Latin and jazz/improvisational music in countless directions, guided by his talent, gaynor minden sculpted fit pointe shoe creativity and deep sense of spirituality, He’s based in Europe now, so his visits to the Bay Area should always be noted, If you missed his April shows at SFJazz and Santa Cruz, you can catch Sosa and his acclaimed Quarteto AfroCubano Oct, 15 at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage..
Details: 7 p.m.; $40-$44; 510-644-2020, thefreight.org. 2 “Small Mouth Sounds”: Bess Wohl’s raved-about comedy follows a group of suffering urbanites as they gather for a retreat under the guidance of a famous guru who commands that they give up their most desired crutches — even speaking. After a couple of wildly successful off-Broadway runs, the challenging comedy opens a national tour at San Francisco’s The Strand, presented by American Conservatory Theater. Details: In previews through Oct. 24, main run is Oct. 25-Dec. 10; $25-$100; www.act-sf.org.
3 Operatronica: San Francisco’s edgy Opera Lab, which offers not-your-grandfather’s opera performances in intimate settings, heads to San Francisco’s trendy Mezzanine dance/rock nightclub for its latest production, which it describes as a marriage of opera and electronica, Hosted by stage director Aria Umezawa and bass vocalist Anthony Reed, the show features San Francisco Opera Adler fellows performing with the Bay Area DJ troupe Loves Company, Details: 9 p.m, $20-$40; sfoperalab.com, 4 American gaynor minden sculpted fit pointe shoe Brass Quintet: The acclaimed group has gained fame through its residences with the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music Festival, It comes to Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall Oct, 15 to perform a wide-ranging, centuries-spanning program that includes everything from 16th-century canons to Steven Franklin’s work “Three Romances,” which received its world premiere this summer..
Details: 2:30 p.m.; $22-$65; live.stanford.edu. 5 JACK Quartet: This New York City foursome, dedicated to no-holds-barred interpretations of contemporary classical fare, has been dubbed “superheroes of the new music world” by the Boston Globe. They land at Herbst Theatre on Oct. 13 to perform Ari Streisfeld’s adaptation of Carlo Gesualdo’s “Sixth Book of Madrigals” as well as works by John Zorn, Joshua Roman, Amy Williams and Jefferson Friedman. Details: Presented by San Francisco Performances; 7:30 p.m.; $40-$65; sfperformances.org.
6 “Strange Ladies”: Nov, 14 marks the 100th anniversary of the “Night of Terror,” when 33 members of the Silent Sentinels woman’s suffrage movement who had been picketing the White House were incarcerated in a Virginia workhouse and tortured and brutalized by several guards and their superintendent, This new musical by Susan Sobeloff focuses on the Silent Sentinels, as they dealt with the pressures of demanding their rights at a time that the U.S, was entering World War gaynor minden sculpted fit pointe shoe I, Details: Presented by Central Works; Saturday through Nov, 12; Berkeley City Club, Berkeley; $20-$30; centralworks.org..
— Central Works (@CentralWorks) September 28, 2017. 7 Caifanes: The Mexico City band became heroes of the rock en espanol movement in the 1980s and ’90s with its incendiary blend of British new wave, prog rock, Latin and Caribbean sounds. After disbanding in 1995, Caifanes reunited in 2010 with most of its core members intact. The band brings its U.S. tour to City National Civic in San Jose tonight. Details: 8 p.m.; $65-$70; https://sanjosetheaters.org/. 8 “South of Market — The Musical V2”: Following last year’s hit run, the musical that spoofs Bay Area tech life is back with a new creative team, new storyline, new songs and new targets to hit.
Details: Oct, 12-22; Marines’ Memorial Theatre, San Francisco; $45-$120; www.somamusical.com, 9 “From Shadows: A Ballet About Homelessness”: Marika Brussel’s evening-length work follows a young woman looking for her father in the roughest of environs, Touching on homelessness, addiction and other themes, the work is described as a plea for compassion toward people whose circumstances amount to more gaynor minden sculpted fit pointe shoe than a dispiriting statistic, Details: 8 Oct, 12-13; ODC Theater, San Francisco; $20-$40; www.odcdance.org..