Oct. 27: Women in tech, blood donations and more

Courtesy photo<p>Folk music: Folksy Alaskan singer Emma Hill is playing music from her upcoming Americana-flavored album

Who's in town

New Republic editor Franklin Foer discusses pivotal issues facing the United States today. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

End-of-life care: Journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel speak about how people facing death can live fully in the time they have left and the benefits of hospice care in their new book, “Changing the Way We Die.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global women in tech: Female executives from technology companies in Africa and the Middle East share their experiences and hopes for women and girls in their home countries. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tech and architecture: Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Vanity Fair writer Paul Goldberger talk about technology's impact on architecture and how to best preserve historical structures. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Cooking with confidence: Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell discusses his new book, “Twelve Recipes,” which includes techniques to help any home cook gain confidence. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Author conversation: Local authors Christine Z. Mason and G. Elizabeth Kretchmer speak about their latest books: “Boundaries: A Love Story” and “The Damnable Legacy of a Minister's Wife,” respectively. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Audio-described films: Disney's “Saving Mr. Banks” screens in an audio-described presentation in which sets, costumes and visual cues are described for the benefit of blind and vision-impaired viewers. [2 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Poetry reading: Maxine Chernoff reads from her new poetry collection, “Here,” as part of the “Writers on Writing” series. [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, San Francisco State, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Discussing Michael Brown: A panel comprising scholars, artists and activists discusses the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and its aftermath. [7 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Stanford University, 641 Knight Way, Stanford]

Local activities

There will be blood: Give some blood and get some blood at the Roxie Theater. The Roxie Theater is giving blood donors free tickets to its Friday presentation of 1963 gorefest “Blood Feast” or any other screening. A Bloodmobile will be parked in front of the historic theater tonight. [2-7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Middle Eastern theater: Golden Thread Productions presents a free staged reading of the play “Baghdad Wedding” by Hassan Abdulrazzak. [7 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

Supergroup: Puss N Boots, a supergroup featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper, is playing music from its debut album, “No Fools, No Fun.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Folk music: Folksy Alaskan singer Emma Hill is playing music from her upcoming Americana-flavored album, “Denali.” [8 p.m., Osteria, 3277 Sacramento St., S.F.]

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