November 19: 'Be Bop Baby' and other SF events

Courtesy photoAcclaimed Bay Area actress Margo Hall paid tribute to her stepfather

Courtesy photoAcclaimed Bay Area actress Margo Hall paid tribute to her stepfather

Who’s in town

Novelist Ann Patchett presents “This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage,” her new memoir. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Jon Bonne: The wine journalist shares stories and techniques of producers who are rewriting the rules of winemaking. The evening includes wine tasting. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Marine science: Conservationists Margaret Spring and Lisa Wooninck discuss the future of our oceans at today’s edition of “Brews and Views.” [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Literary events

Mary Roach: The humorous science writer, whose books include “Packing for Mars” and “Gulp,” appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Female Beats: Evening, hosted by author Brenda Knight (“Women of the Beat Generation”) and featuring poets Ruth Weiss and Joanna McClure, celebrates these iconoclasts. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rebecca Walker: The author and editor reads from her debut novel, “Ade: A Love Story.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Mark Shaw: The legal analyst discusses “The Poison Patriarch: How the Betrayals of Joseph P. Kennedy Caused the Assassination of JFK.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Lynn Oakley: The writer of historical nonfiction and fiction talks about “San Francisco’s Twin Peaks.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Master class: Violinist Geoff Nuttall conducts a master class examining chamber works. [7:30 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

ITVS Community Cinema: Program features a screening of the documentary “The State of Arizona.” A discussion follows. [5:45 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Discussing dementia: Geriatric consultant and dementia specialist Mary Hulme discusses some of the common signs of dementia and who is at risk. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 90 Lenox Way, S.F.]

New musical

“Be Bop Baby,” a world premiere musical memoir written by Margo Hall, with a score by Marcus Shelby, opens at Z Space. The story involves Hall’s childhood in a musical home. [7 p.m., 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Local activities

Midday music: Vera and Patricia Purcell, a piano-four-hands duo, perform works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Gershwin and Lecuona. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Indie folk: Over the Rhine, an indie-folk and Americana act, performs a concert in support of its new album, “Meet Me at the Edge of the World.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian and actor Nick Kroll performs a stand-up show. His TV credits include “The League,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Kroll Show.” [7 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Zuppa: The eatery serves Italian food, including antipasti, affettati, pizzas, pastas and meat dishes. The roasted whole Rocky Jr. chicken, with croutons, charred onions and assorted vegetables, is recommended today. The dish serves two. [564 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 777-5900]artsBe Bop Baby

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