Kids get in free for Halloween at Wax Museum

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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