THEATER: Catch the first preview night of the world premiere of The First Day of School, which opens SF Playhouse's seventh season. The play, which was written by Billy Aronson, creator of the original concept for the musical RENT and a writer for MTV’s Beavis and Butthead, is about a group of parents who decide to make their children’s first day of school a “first” of their own. The show's official opening night is September 26, and it runs through November 7.

8 p.m. // SF Playhouse (533 Sutter St) // $30

ART: The newly renovated Adobe Books Backroom Gallery presents Bookish, featuring a range of artistic practices that share the book as an object of inquiry through media including sculpture, painting, photography, and social practice. The exhibit runs through October 25.

7 to 9 p.m. // Adobe Books Backroom Gallery (3166 16th St) // free

LIT: Author Mike Madrid will read from his new book, The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of the Comic Book Heroines, which explores "what it means for the culture when superheroines do everything the superhero does, but in thongs and high heels."

7:30 p.m. // Books Inc, Castro (2275 Market St) // free