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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