The life and music of Pablo Menéndez is celebrated in “Direct from Cuba” at Brava on Oct. 14. (Courtesy photo)

The life and music of Pablo Menéndez is celebrated in “Direct from Cuba” at Brava on Oct. 14. (Courtesy photo)

Oct. 13-14: JACK Quartet, Grand National, Litquake at Grace Cathedral, 2 Blocks of Art, South of Market: The Musical, SF Dungeon, Coucheron, The Script, Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla

FRIDAY, OCT. 13

JACK Quartet: San Francisco Performances presents the contemporary classical ensemble — violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Jay Campbell — and guest cellist-composer Joshua Roman in a concert followed by a Q&A. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Grand National: The 71st annual Livestock Exposition, Horse Show and Rodeo kicks off two weekends of Western activities, as well as barbecue, shopping, autos, autographs, mechanical bull riding, music and dancing. [7 to 10 p.m. Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave., Daly City]

Litquake at Grace Cathedral: “Exalted Verse” features Jason Bayani, William Brewer, Victor Hernández Cruz, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Grace Cathedral artist-in-residence Sarah Kay, San Francisco Poet Laureate Kim Shuck and Jen Siraganian. [7:30 p.m., 1100 California St., S.F.]

2 Blocks of Art: The seventh annual free art walk and block party offers work by dozens of artists in exhibits and live performances in galleries, bars, restaurants, a laundromat, coffee shops and other various storefronts. [5 to 9 p.m., Sixth Street, between Market and Howard streets, S.F.]

South of Market-The Musical V2: The musical revue that pokes fun at trends, issues and absurdities in the Bay Area’s tech culture is created and produced by Pat Blute and Sam O’Keefe. [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

San Francisco Dungeon: The Fisherman’s Wharf attraction bringing to life stories of the Barbary Coast era offers Friday the 13th extras and surprises. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 145 Jefferson St., S.F.]

Coucheron: The Grammy nominated Norwegian artist for fans of Flume, Jerry Folk, Giraffage and Petit Biscuit makes his San Francisco debut at Popscene. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

The Script: The hit-making Irish pop rock trio, with the new album “Freedom Child,” headlines show with soulful British singer-songwriter Tom Walker opening. [8 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

SATURDAY, OCT. 14

Pablo Menéndez & Mezcla: The fusion band leader appears in concert — with Barbara Dane, John Santos, John Calloway and others — preceded by David Sandoval’s documentary about Menéndez’s journey from Oakland to Cuba and how his music has built a bridge of friendship between the Bay Area and the island nation. [6:30 p.m., Brava, 2781 24th St., S.F.]

Sir Richard Branson: The founder and chairman of the Virgin Group speaks about his new autobiography “Finding My Virginity” in conversation with Stacy Brown-Philpot, CEO of TaskRabbit, presented by the Commonwealth Club, [6 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lit Crawl: Litquake’s notorious closing event offers dozens of free readings and sessions including poetry, fiction, nonfiction and comedy in bookstores, bars, galleries, restaurants, stores, cafés and community spaces. [5 to 9 p.m., The Mission, S.F.; www.litquake.com]

Ain’t Misbehavin’
: 42nd Street Moon opens its season with a show about the great Fats Waller, the pianist, singer, songwriter and comedian known for Tin Pan Alley hits such as “Honeysuckle Rose.” [6 p.m., Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Yerba Buena Night: The seventh annual free outdoor showcase features eclectic artists, including performers from LINES Dance Center, Lady Chi, Visuals by Three, Grupo Samba Rio, Syn Circus, Midtown Social and more. [6 to 10 p.m., Jessie Square, 760 Mission St., S.F.]

Punk in Drublic Craft Beer + Music Festival: The lineup includes NOFX, Flogging Molly, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, Bad Cop/Bad Cop and Get Dead. [1 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

The Continuing Voyage Convention: “Star Trek” lovers may meet Karl Urban, Nichelle Nichols and many other actors from the classic show at the fan event. [8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hyatt Regency SFO, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame]

Fantastic Negrito: The Oakland-based artist plays “black roots music for everyone” and “blues with a punk attitude.” [8 p.m., UC Theatre, 2036 University Ave., Berkeley]

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