Kids get in free for Halloween at Wax Museum 

click to enlarge Admission is free for kids in costume on Halloween at the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf. - DMISSION IS FREE FOR KIDS IN COSTUME ON HALLOWEEN AT THE WAX MUSEUM AT FISHERMAN’S WHARF.
  • dmission is free for kids in costume on Halloween at the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Admission is free for kids in costume on Halloween at the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Who's in town

Salomon Lerner-Febres: Ex-president of the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission and who is now directing Lima’s Center for Democracy and Human Rights, speaks at the University of San Francisco. [6 p.m., McLaren Hall, Room 250, Main Campus, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Lectures

Adam Gopnik: The New Yorker magazine writer and author of “The Table Comes First” discusses family, France, and the meaning of food. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jeff Dwyer: The author of “Ghost Hunter’s Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area” gives a Halloween talk about “haunted San Francisco.” [Noon, Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club discusses “Empire of the Summer Moon” by S.C. Gwynne. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Monique Prieto: The Los Angeles-based artist, whose paintings combine figurative abstraction and text, discusses her work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Halloween concert: The Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Wind Ensemble perform “eerie and enchanting” music. A costume contest completes the evening. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

At the public library

Chinese ancient music: Yiming Li, music professor from the Guqin Society International, discusses and performs guqin (Chinese zither) music. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

‘Halloween Family Storytime’: Program, for children of all ages, includes Halloween rhymes, songs, and books. Come in costume. [3:30 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

 

Local activities

Wax and weirdness: Admission is free for kids in costume on Halloween at the Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf. Festivities include Halloween treats and a “creepy crawly” lobby display. [10 a.m. to 9 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Doom at the dome: San Francisco City Guides presents its “Ghost Walk at City Hall.” The tour covers disinterred remains, assassinations and other lore. [6:30 p.m., S.F. City Hall, South Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place]

Halloween party: Yoshi’s hosts a Halloween party. Festivities include a costume contest and a performance by the Cheeseballs, a danceable cover band specializing in 1970s and 1980s hits. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Unusual pumpkin carving: Aquarium of the Bay hosts underwater pumpkin-carving activities. Biologists and divers create festive designs. [1 to 2:30 p.m., Beach Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Francophone films: The San Francisco Film Society’s French Cinema Now series presents Mathieu Amalric’s “The Screen Illusion” (7 p.m.) and Pierre Schoeller’s “The Minister” (9 p.m.). [SFFS/New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Dining out

Maverick Restaurant: Chef Emmanuel Eng serves creative, regional American cuisine, and the scallops are recommended today. The restaurant is also offering its annual Halloween mystery meal ($40). Guests compete to identify ingredients from three courses. [3316 17th St., S.F.; (415) 863-3061]

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