The best-selling author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" speaks at the Jewish Community Center.
Wed Oct. 2
The novelist reads from his new book "Traveling Sprinkler" at Booksmith.
Thu Oct. 3
The dystopian author of "The Handmaid's Tale" speaks about her new book "MaddAddam" at the Nourse Theatre.
Fri Oct. 4 through Oct. 12
The 20th seaon begins with Jiri Kylian's "Return to a Strange Land" at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in The City.
Sat Oct. 5
The loudmouth comedian opens a two-night gig at Redwood City's Fox Theatre.
Sun Oct. 6
The classy blues-folk-rock singer performs at Saratoga Mountain Winery.
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.
Wed Oct. 9
Thunder from Down Under
The popular male stripper show closes a two-night stand at Cobb's Comedy Club
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.
Fri Oct. 11
America's biggest literary festival hosts a steampunk-themed party at Z Space.
Sat. Oct. 12
The rocker of Creedance Clearwater Revival fame appears at UC Berkeley's Greek Theatre.
Sun Oct. 13
The famous Bach interpreter plays the Goldberg Variations and Beethoven at Davies Hall.
Mon Oct. 14
The 40th annual world championship event happens in Half Moon Bay, a prelude to the weekend's Art and Pumpkin Festival.
Thur Oct. 17
The famed architect speaks with critic Paul Goldberger at the Jewish Community Center.
Fri Oct. 18
The powerhouse band performs at San Jose's SAP Center with Metric and hellogoodbye.
Sat Oct. 19
Litquake closes with a bacchanalian literary bar crawl in the Mission district.
Sun Oct. 20
Fiesta on the Hill
The 25th annual Bernal Heights event takes over Cortland Avenue between Bocana Avenue and Folsom Street.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sat Oct. 26 through Nov. 3
13th Floor Dance Theater
The troupe presents the world premiere of "Being Raymond Chandler" at ODC Dance Commons.
Sun Oct. 27
Family-friendly festivities, including a costume parade, start at 12:30 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Children's Garden.
Mon Oct. 28
The renowned author of "White Teeth" and "NW" speaks at the Nourse Theatre.
Wed Oct. 30
The celebrated pianist performs Beethoven and Brahms at the Conservatory of Music concert hall.