October 3: Jazz guitar and other SF events 

click to enlarge Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh performs a concert to promote his new CD, “HandPicked.”
  • Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh performs a concert to promote his new CD, “HandPicked.”
Who’s in town

Margaret Atwood, whose latest novel is “MaddAddam,” appears in an onstage conversation. The evening benefits the 826 Valencia scholarship program. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Women in national security: Anja Manuel, a former State Department senior official, and Lauren Webster of the Chertoff Group talk about women in the seat of power. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Grazing, Grass and Gas’: Two conservationists and a researcher discuss how climate disruption is affecting land conservation in the United States and other parts of the world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lawrence Freedman: The London-based war-studies professor and former adviser to Tony Blair discusses how strategy has come to pervade every aspect of our lives. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Evan Thomas: The journalist and author discusses “Ike’s Bluff.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Katy Butler: The journalist talks about “Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Bob Shacochis: The fiction writer and journalist talks about “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” his second novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Children’s books: Bookstore owner Sonia Lewis and children’s-book buyer Anna Bullard present an evening highlighting new and recommended books for children. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Solo theater: Elliniko Theatro presents “Socrates Now,” a solo stage show based on Plato’s “Apology of Socrates” and starring Yannis Simonides. [3 p.m., USF, Education Building 117, Presentation Theatre, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

School enrollment: The Parents for Public Schools hosts a workshop designed to help parents navigate the San Francisco Unified School District’s elementary school enrollment process. [6:30 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

‘Viva Chocolate’: DIY Spot, a pop-up craft space, hosts a chocolate-themed program. Teens and tweens can learn about the history of chocolate. [3:30 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Jazz guitarist

Grammy-winning guitar virtuoso Earl Klugh performs a concert to promote his new CD, “HandPicked.” [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opera stars: Mezzo-sopranos Frederica von Stade and Laurie Rubin appear in an evening of arias and duets. [7:30 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Fashion night: Union Square’s “F3: Fall Fashion Fest” features fashion, food and music. More than 20 shops offer special events. [6 to 8 p.m., Post and Powell streets and thereabouts, S.F.; RSVP: www.fallfashionfestsf.eventbrite.com]

Film fest: The 36th annual Mill Valley Film Festival opens with “Nebraska,” a road trip movie starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. [6:45 and 7 p.m., Sequoia Cinemark 1 and 2, 25 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley]v Kasa Indian Eatery: Recommended main dishes include chicken tikka masala (char-grilled, marinated chicken in spicy, creamy tomato sauce) and saag paneer (spinach with Indian cheese). [4001 18th St., S.F., (415) 621-6940; 1356 Polk St., S.F., (415) 931-3991]

Foreign drama: “Nostalghia,” a 1983 Soviet-Italian movie directed by Andrei Tarkovsky about a misanthropic poet who travels to Italy to research the life of an exiled Russian composer, screens. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Multi-media show: “That Shining Sound” is a night of live cinema performances, including an appearance by Suki O’Kane, who researches how to play the bass drum using extreme strategies. [8 p.m., Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Shark place: “NightLife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Sharktoberfest NightLife,” a shark- and beer-themed night. Events include science talks, sharks on film, and German table tennis. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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