Oct. 10-11: Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off, Life During Wartime Porchlight reading, The Selecter, Ella Morton,


Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off: Monster gourds in the neighborhood of a ton or more — vie for a world record in the 43rd annual event. [7 a.m. to 11 a.m., I.D.E.S. Grounds, 735 Main St., Half Moon Bay]

Candidate debate: Jane Kim and Scott Wiener speak on issues facing The City in their campaign to represent District 11 in the California State Senate; the event is moderated by James Taylor, politics professor and chair of the African American Studies Department at University of San Francisco. [6:30 to 8 p.m.. Presentation Theater, USF, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Life During Wartime: Porchlight and Litquake host writers Jack Boulware, Greg Milner, Laurie Notaro, Bucky Sinister, Eric Spitznagel, D. Watkins and Pamela Alma Weymouth in a storytelling event taking on issues raised in the famed Talking Heads’ tune. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Batman-Return of the Caped Crusaders: The animated film features Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar as the voices of their respective, iconic TV characters Batman, Robin, and Catwoman. [2, 7:30 and 10 p.m., Metreon, 135 Fourth St., S.F.]

Goblin Cock: The project is led by Rob Crow of Pinback who calls it “a crushingly brutal Dear John letter to society, mixing elements of sludgy stoner metal with frantic math-rock rhythms and melodic vocals.”[8 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

The Selecter: The ska revival band is playing the album “Too Much Pressure” in its entirety, headlining a bill with Sweet HayaH, a rock, soul and funk group from South Bay. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Ella Morton: The co-author of “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders,” which includes more than 100 Bay Area destinations, speaks, presented by the Litquake literary festival. [5 p.m., Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 50, S.F.]

Marianne Betterly: Left Coast Writers presents the poet, who writes about San Francisco, fairy tales, nature, love, and loss in her latest book “The Return of the Bees.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Lindsey Vonn: The Olympic alpine skier is promoting her new book “Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Mission Bookstores-United We Stand: The words-and-music Litquake celebration of the indie bookstore coalition is hosted by Denise Sullivan and Kate Rosenberger and features artists including Ian Brennan, Grammy-winning producer and author of ”How Music Dies (or Lives).” [7 p.m., Make Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Anna Rose: The bluesy-rock singer-songwriter’s new EP is “Strays in the Cut.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

The Honey Ear Trio: New York City musicians Allison Miller on drums, Jeff Lederer on saxophone and Rene Hart on bass update “the time honored acoustic instrumentation of the classic saxophone trio with a subtle use of electronics.” [8 p.m., Piedmont Piano Company, 1728 San Pablo Ave., Oakland]

Chasms: The duo — the project of Jess Labrador and Shannon Madden, who craft “percussive dirges that are at once beautiful and menacing” — plays a record release concert. [9 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Emo Nite: The show is for those who “still love all the emo jams from late ‘90s and early 2000s.” [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Tom Jones: The versatile Welsh singer, going strong since the 1960s, has been knighted, and receiving the best reviews of his long career. [8 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Danny Brown: The rapper’s album “XXX” is a “tour-de-force concept record about hedonism, growing up and Detroit.” [8 p.m., Regency, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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