February 13: The Family Crest and other SF events 

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  • The Family Crest, an orchestral indie-rock band, performs a concert celebrating the release of its latest album “Beneath the Brine.”
Who’s in town

Soul singer and songwriter Bettye LaVette appears in concert. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Elder financial abuse: Neuropsychologist Jonathan Canick and attorney David Baer discuss how to protect yourself and vulnerable family members from elder financial abuse. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘My Furry Valentine’: Naturalist and zookeeper Patrick Schlemmer describes some of the more colorful mating strategies found in the animal kingdom. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Bay delta: Speakers discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, one of the largest infrastructure projects ever planned for California. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Tom Perkins: The business, capitalist and co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers gives a talk titled “The War on the 1%.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

B.J. Novak: The actor, comedian, screenwriter and director talks about “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Bich Minh Nguyen: The novelist reads from “Pioneer Girl.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Victoria Loustalot: The journalist talks about “This Is How You Say Goodbye: A Daughter’s Memoir.” [7 p.m., GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Christina Baker Kline: The novelist discusses “Orphan Train.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

Eileen Cronin: The clinical psychologist talks about “Mermaid,” a memoir. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Writers conference: The San Francisco Writers Conference begins. More than 60 sessions featuring authors, agents, editors and publishers are on the four-day slate. [InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel, 999 California St., S.F.; sfwriters.org]

At the colleges

Author reading: Brazilian author J. P. Cuenca reads from “The Only Happy Ending for a Love Story Is an Accident.” The evening includes a Q&A and dinner. [6 p.m., Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 216, Stanford University, Stanford]

Album-release party

The Family Crest, an orchestral indie-rock band, performs a concert celebrating the release of its latest album “Beneath the Brine.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance theater: Choreographer-dancer Nora Chipaumire, a former member of the dance troupe Urban Bush Women, presents a character-driven dance installation, “Miriam.” [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Make a craft: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts an “Etsy night” of craft-making. Pillow artist Rebecca Saylor, conducting a sewing workshop, is February’s featured guest. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Colibri Mexican Bistro: The house-made guacamole, served with fresh handmade corn tortillas, is recommended today. Also look for the mole poblano — a sauce made from a blend of spices, chili, nuts and chocolate served over chicken. [438 Geary Street, S.F.; (415) 440-2737]

Films

British cinema: The Mostly British Film Festival, featuring cinema from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and India, begins. Opening-night film: “Le Week-End.” [7:30 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.; www.mostlybritish.org]

Comedy

Stand-up show: Comedian Dwayne Perkins, seen on Comedy Central and “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

At the public library

Literary series: The Radar Reading series, featuring underground and emerging writers, presents a program with Dia Dear, Lucy Corin, and others. Michelle Tea hosts. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

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