Nov. 13-14: Musica Pacifica, Medea Benjamin, Alec Lee, Amira, Il Divo, Mary Robinette Kowal, S.F. Symphony Youth Orchestra, Rob Schneider, Ronan Tynan, S.F. Urban Film Festival


Musica Pacifica: The 26-year-old ensemble performs Italian Baroque music with countertenor Ryland Angel. [4 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Medea Benjamin: The longtime peace activist speaks about her book “Kingdom of the Unjust: The U.S.-Saudi Connection.” [1 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Forum: Educator Alec Lee, co-founder of Aim High, speaks about the program that helps set middle school students from low-income neighborhoods on the path to college and future success. [9:30 a.m., First Unitarian Universalist Society, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Amira: The vocalist, dubbed “Bosnia’s Billie Holiday” and “Queen of Sevdah” (a genre of folk music from Bosnia and Herzegovina) makes her Bay Area debut. [7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison St., Oakland]

Bombed in His Bed-The Confessions of Jewish Gangster Myer Rush: Author Bruce Rosen and his son perform a play based on his book about his uncle, “who was blown up by a suspected mafia bomb, died en route to the hospital, but miraculously survived.” [2:30 p.m., Public Library, Brad Walters’ Community Room, 125 14th St., Oakland]

Rick Wilber, Nick Mamatls: The prolific Bay Area science fiction writers read from their books and answer questions with moderator Terry Bisson; a 5:30 p.m. reception precedes the talk. [6:30 p.m., American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St., S.F.]

Mary Robinette Kowal: The three-time Hugo Award winner talks about “Ghost Talkers,” her new book about an American heiress living in London during World War 1, who is a medium for a special spiritualist force and engaged to an intelligence officer. [3 p.m., Borderlands Bookstore, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Il Divo: The world’s most popular classical crossover group’s latest recording “Amor & Pasión” debuted at No. 1 on the Latin albums chart. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Denzel Curry: The Florida-based rapper headlines the Black Metal Terrorist Tour with Boogie and Yoshi Thompkins. [8 p.m., New Parish. 1743 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

Sanchez Art Center Open Studios: Some 20 artists share their work in a free event focused o share focus on “community, creativity and positivity.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1220-B Linda Mar Blvd., Pacifica]

S.F. Symphony Youth Orchestra: The program includes SFSYO 2016 Concerto competition winner Jason Moon playing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto along with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 and Henze’s “Maenad’s Dance” from “The Bassarids”. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Karrin Allyson: The singer’s “Many a New Day.” a collection of Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes, was nominated for a Grammy for best jazz vocal album. [4:30 p.m., Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Douglas Beach House, 311 Mirada Road, Half Moon Bay]

A Literary Feast: Top-selling cookbook authors gather to greet guests, inscribe books and share favorite recipes in the first-ever mass cookbook signing event hosted by the San Francisco chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier. [3 p.m., Ferry Building, Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]

Joshua Radin: The singer-songwriter, whose songs have been on TV shows from “Scrubs” to “One Tree Hill,” has a new album, “The Fall.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Rob Schneider: The actor, writer, producer, director and famed “Saturday Night Live” alum brings his standup comic act to the South Bay. [8 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Ronan Tynan: The Irish singer, called the “burly tenor with a big, silvery voice” by Variety, appears in his cabaret act, which mixes Irish music, the great American songbook, contemporary and new original material. [3 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]


S.F. Urban Film Festival: The weeklong event opens with UC Berkeley professor Malo Hutson speaking on “Why Create Just Cities?,” Bay Area filmmakers Dimitri Moore and Keith Battle, and screenings of short videos from Bay Area Video Coalition workshop. [6 p.m., SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Constance Hale: The author speaks about “The Natives Are Restless,” which tells the largely untold story of Hawaiian hula and coincides with the recent premiere of a dance by Partrick Makuakane’s company Na Lei Hulu i ka Wekiu. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

William Fitzsimmons: The indie-folk singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for songs on “Grey’s Anatomy,” has been called “an articulate acoustic balladeer whose delicate, down-tempo tunes are full of intimate moments.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Saul Friedlander: The Irsaeli-American historian discusses his memoir and “The Holocaust and Its Importance in 2016” in conversation with Rabbi Stephen Pearce. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Sarah Cahill: The classical avant-garde pianist appears in a free concert with guests William Winant and Kate Stenberg. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Doctor Who-The Power of the Daleks: The six-part story of the classic science-fiction series has been meticulously animated; it screens with added bonus content including interviews with members of the original cast. [7 p.m., AMC Van Ness, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Shotgun Players Staged Reading series: “At Black Lake” by German playwright Dea Loher, about what happens when two couples reunite at a lake house four years after a tragic event, is performed with minimal production elements. [7 p.m., Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave., Berkeley]

Psychic Twin: Avant-pop artist Erin Fein her promoting her debut album “Strange Diary,” which one critic called “a melodic, synth-heavy package of tunes that redefines confessional music, recalling the early work of the Eurythmics.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Masha Gessen
: The Russian-American journalist speaks about her book, “Where the Jews Aren’t: The Sad and Absurd Story of Birobidzhan, Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Region,” which explores the story of Jews in 20th century Russia. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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