Feb. 23: Noise Pop, Patti LuPone and more

Who’s in town

Tony- and Grammy-winning performer Patti LuPone sings music by Stephen Sondheim, Willie Nelson, Edith Piaf and more in her “Far Away Places” concert. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Tech in China: Alibaba Vice President Brian Wong, a native of Palo Alto, speaks about the company’s record-breaking $25 million initial public offering and the workings of one of the world’s largest e-commerce sites. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Food connections: Dr. Gary Wenk discusses the effects specific foods have on our brains and bodies. [7 p.m., Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; sold out, some tickets available at door]

Literary events

Debut novel: Golden Pen Grand Prize winner Randy Henderson’s debut fantasy novel, “Finn Fancy Necromancy,” follows a teenager’s attempt to clear his name amid false allegations. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry night: Franklin Zawacki, winner of the 2014 Robert Frost Award, is headlining a night of poetry. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Murder mystery: Sara Blaedel goes back to her native Denmark in her latest book, “The Forgotten Girls,” in which a detective must solve a mysterious series of murders in the woods. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Road, Corte Madera]

At the public library

Teen film: Chris Rock looks at the importance of hair and hair salons in the black community in the 2009 documentary “Good Hair.” [4 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Talking about writing: Graywolf Press editor Ethan Nosowsky presents Jeffery Renard Allen’s short-story collection “Holding Pattern.” [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Makeup soiree: Make Up Show L.A. has drawn many beauty professionals to Los Angeles, but local cosmetics artists are also getting together to have a drink, talk makeup and mingle. [7 p.m., San Francisco Institute of Esthetics & Cosmetology, 1067 Folsom St., S.F.]

Local activities

Mickey short: The Walt Disney Family Museum is screening the short “Mickey’s Gala Premiere” as well as “True-Life Adventures: The Vanishing Prairie.” [1:30 and 4 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

Singalong ‘Mermaid’: Belt out “Under the Sea” or “Part of Your World” in a singalong version of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Los Angeles comedian Dave Ross has appeared on “Tosh.O” and “Drunk History” on Comedy Central. [8:30 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Noise Pop: Ben Gibbard, lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie, is playing songs from his first solo album, “Former Lives,” as part of the Noise Pop Festival. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

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