Courtesy photo<p>Contemporary compositions: Nils Frahm of Berlin plays songs from his latest album

Nov. 12: Shakespeare, map art and Nils Frahm

Who's in town

Civil-rights activist Sylvia Mendez, who played a key role in the 1946 Mendez v. Westminster case that helped end school segregation in California, speaks about her life. [5:30, UC San Francisco, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Senior housing: Architect and author Charles Durrett discusses the future of senior housing and American communities. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Champagne and more: Wine educator and writer Pamela Busch shares advice on selecting and enjoying sparkling wines. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

D.C. of yesteryear: College professor Gregg Herken describes Washington, D.C., in the years after World War II in his new book, “The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington.” [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

New science fiction: Financial executive Jamie Metzl's new book, “Genesis Code,” is a tale of political corruption and genetic experimentation. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Rice signing: Best-selling author Anne Rice is signing copies of her new book, “Price Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

STEM Night: Youths ages 8 and up are encouraged to explore science, technology, engineering and math with fun, interactive activities. [5 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Bernal Heights Jazz Quartet: Listen to jazz standards and new tunes from the neighborhood jazz band. [6:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Shakespeare for all ages: Nick Weber discusses his latest book, “Shakespeare with Hearing Aids, Some Old-Timers Revisit the Bard,” which explores how older readers can connect with Shakespeare's work. [3 p.m., San Francisco State University downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

Map art: “Placemakers,” which explores 3-D mapping software through the work of three artists, is in its final week. [9 a.m.-5 p.m., Swissnex, 730 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Race discussion: Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist Party sponsor a discussion on issues of race from a feminist, anti-capitalist viewpoint. [5 p.m., Peet's Coffee, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Remembering Grenada: Former Grenada native Akinyele Sadiq speaks at a screening of “FORWARD EVER: The Killing of a Revolution,” which documents Grenada's attempts to declare independence before being thwarted by the Reagan administration. [6:30 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Contemporary compositions: Nils Frahm of Berlin plays songs from his latest album, “Spaces” and improvises piano melodies. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

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