Courtesy photo<p>Nightmare sounds: Legendary hard-rockers GWAR

Nov. 5: Mexican cuisine, film and GWAR!

Who's in town

Author Margarita Carrillo Arronte's new book, “Mexico: The Cookbook,” is a 700-page celebration of the rich and diverse flavors of Mexico. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Lectures

Writing a success story: Journalist Francine Brevetti shows how writing a book can give business people a boost and attract clients. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Eating better: Sustainable food-production activist Nicolette Hahn Niman discusses her new book, “Defending Beef,” which explores the nutritional benefits of sustainably farmed beef. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

'Fragrant' discussion: World-renowned perfumer Mandy Aftel discusses her craft and her latest book, “Fragrant,” with Coi chef Daniel Patterson. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

New fiction: Evette Davis reads excerpts from her new book, “Dark Horse,” which features a supernaturally gifted heroine on a mission in Eastern Europe. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the public library

Women warriors: Female veterans share their experiences at war and at home. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Amazon update: Randy Borman, chief of the Cofan tribe of Ecuador, speaks at a screening of “Water and Oil,” which highlights the importance of the Amazon rain forest. [7 p.m., Cesar Chavez Student Center, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Film in progress: A working print of Nicole Opper's documentary about Mexican runaways, “Búscame: Search for Me,” screens. [7:30 p.m., Ninth Street Independent Film Center, 145 Ninth St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Nick Youssef's debut album, “Stop Not Owning This,” debuted in the top five on iTunes' comedy charts. [8:30 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sounds of the surf: Surf-rock legend Dick Dale is headlining a bill that also includes the RevTones. [8 p.m., Uptown NightClub, 1928 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

Alt-rock show: Los Angeles-based Heaps n Heaps is in town. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Nightmare sounds: Legendary hard-rockers GWAR, who recently lost lead singer Dave Brockie, are back on the road for the “Eternal Tour” with new co-vocalists Blöthar and Vulvatron. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

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