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Feb. 14-15: Cole Swings Cole, Making chocolate, Joyce Carol Oates, Erykah Badu, Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, Jen Wang, David Buckingham

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Jazz guitarist and vocalist George Cole celebrates the legacy of Nat King Cole. (Courtesy Tom Wagenbrenner)


Cole Swings Cole: Jazz guitarist and crooner George Cole, appearing with his trio, salutes the sophistication and elegance of Nat King Cole with a program of love songs made popular by the 20th-century music giant. [7 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Making chocolate: Dandelion Chocolate’s Todd Mason and Greg D’Alesandre, coauthors of “Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S’more,” explore the world of making and eating chocolate. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

Joyce Carol Oates: The American writer reads from “Beautiful Days,” her new collection of short stories, which include the 2017 Pushcart Prize–winning “Undocumented Alien.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Funny girls: Jackie Kashian (“I Am Not the Hero of This Story”) headlines the Valentine’s Day edition of “Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen to Be Women),” with Natasha Muse and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan rounding out the bill. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Nicola Benedetti: The Scottish violinist, appearing with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment which specializes in period-instrument music, performs a concert of works by Beethoven. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

Erykah Badu: The Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, whose neo-soul sound contains shades of hip hop and jazz, performs a Valentine’s Day concert. [8:30 p.m., San Francisco Armory, 333 14th St., S.F.]

BATS Improv: The improvisational-theater company presents “Epic Romance,” a sweeping improvised stage show whose characters pursue love through challenges like war, chaos, winter, and wolf attacks. [8 p.m., BATS Improv, Building B, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd., S.F.]

Brazil and Mexico politics: Stanford University professor Alberto Diaz-Cayeros discusses the support that is growing in Brazil and Mexico for establishment-challenging political candidates. [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Road, Los Altos Hills]

Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics: Valentine’s Day event features a self-guided tour highlighting plants that some consider aphrodisiacs, plus docent talks on the sex life of orchids. [5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Harold and Maude: Offbeat love happens between a downbeat young man and a life-embracing 79-year-old woman in this 1971 cult-classic film directed by Hal Ashby. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]


Jen Wang: The cartoonist and writer celebrates the publication of her latest graphic novel, “The Prince and the Dressmaker,” and discusses her career in comics and animation at the opening reception for an exhibition of her work. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 781 Beach St., S.F.]

One Story, Two Operas: Opera Parallele and SFJazz present Leonard Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” and Jake Heggie’s “At the Statue of Venus,” linking the one-act operas with an overlapping story, in this evening celebrating Bernstein’s centennial. [7:30 p.m., SFJazz, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Yasha Levine: The investigative reporter discusses his new book, “Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Max Boot: The historian and author (“The Road Not Taken”) discusses his contention that the Vietnam War could have been avoided if U.S. leaders had listened to visionary CIA agent Edward Lansdale. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 110 The Embarcadero, S.F.]

David Buckingham: New works by the Los Angeles artist, who creates colorful sculptures from masses of metal he finds in the desert — tool boxes, road signs, car doors, and other items — are on view. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caldwell Snyder Gallery, 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jasmin Darznik: The author of “The Good Daughter” launches “Song of a Captive Bird,” her novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

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