Fall Preview: October 2013 arts calendar 

click to enlarge The best-selling author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" speaks at the Jewish Community Center.
  • The best-selling author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" speaks at the Jewish Community Center.
Tue Oct. 1

Reza Aslan

The best-selling author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" speaks at the Jewish Community Center.

www.jccsf.org

Wed Oct. 2

Nicholson Baker

The novelist reads from his new book "Traveling Sprinkler" at Booksmith.

www.booksmith.com

Thu Oct. 3

Margaret Atwood

The dystopian author of "The Handmaid's Tale" speaks about her new book "MaddAddam" at the Nourse Theatre.

www.cityarts.net

Fri Oct. 4 through Oct. 12

Smuin Ballet

The 20th seaon begins with Jiri Kylian's "Return to a Strange Land" at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in The City.

www.smuinballet.org

Sat Oct. 5

Joan Rivers

The loudmouth comedian opens a two-night gig at Redwood City's Fox Theatre.

www.foxrwc.com

Sun Oct. 6

Bonnie Raitt

The classy blues-folk-rock singer performs at Saratoga Mountain Winery.

www.mountainwinery.com

Tues Oct. 8

TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss

Local luminaries get wet at the 21st annual event, a benefit for Tenderloin children and families, at the Phoenix Hotel pool.

www.tdnc.org/pooltoss

Wed Oct. 9

Thunder from Down Under

The popular male stripper show closes a two-night stand at Cobb's Comedy Club

cobbscomedyclub.com

Thu Oct. 10

Union Street Wine Walk

Wine tasting is on the bill at the fourth annual event, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets.

www.sresproductions.com

Fri Oct. 11

Litquake

America's biggest literary festival hosts a steampunk-themed party at Z Space.

www.brownpapertickets.com

Sat. Oct. 12

John Fogerty

The rocker of Creedance Clearwater Revival fame appears at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre.

www.ticketmaster.com

Sun Oct. 13

Andras Schiff

The famous Bach interpreter plays the Goldberg Variations and Beethoven at Davies Hall.

www.sfperformances.org

Mon Oct. 14

Pumpkin Weigh-Off

The 40th annual world championship event happens in Half Moon Bay, a prelude to the weekend's Art and Pumpkin Festival.

www.miramarevents.com

Thur Oct. 17

Frank Gehry

The famed architect speaks with critic Paul Goldberger at the Jewish Community Center.

www.jccsf.org

Fri Oct. 18

Paramore

The powerhouse band performs at San Jose's SAP Center with Metric and hellogoodbye.

www.ticketmaster.com

Sat Oct. 19

Litcrawl

Litquake closes with a bacchanalian literary bar crawl in the Mission district.

www.litcrawl.org

Sun Oct. 20

Fiesta on the Hill

The 25th annual Bernal Heights event takes over Cortland Avenue between Bocana Avenue and Folsom Street.

www.sresproductions.com

Tue Oct. 22 through Nov. 15

The Flying Dutchman

The San Francisco Opera opens its production of the Wagner work at the War Memorial Opera House.

www.sfopera.com

Wed Oct. 23

Nederlands Dans Theater

The edgy Dutch troupe dances to Beethoven and The Magnetic Fields in the first of two shows at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall

www.calperformances.org

Thu Oct. 23 through Oct. 27

S.F. Fall Antiques Show

Some 60 specialist vendors set up shop at the art deco-themed show at Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion.

www.sffas.org

Fri Oct. 25 through Nov. 3

Alonzo King Lines Ballet

The group's home season begins with the local premiere of "Writing Ground" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

www.linesballet.org

Sat Oct. 26 through Nov. 3

13th Floor Dance Theater

The troupe presents the world premiere of "Being Raymond Chandler" at ODC Dance Commons.

odcdance.org/buytickets.php

Sun Oct. 27

Halloween Hoopla

Family-friendly festivities, including a costume parade, start at 12:30 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Children's Garden.

www.ybgfestival.org

Mon Oct. 28

Zadie Smith

The renowned author of "White Teeth" and "NW" speaks at the Nourse Theatre.

www.cityarts.net

Wed Oct. 30

Menahem Pressler

The celebrated pianist performs Beethoven and Brahms at the Conservatory of Music concert hall.

www.sfcm.edu

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