Courtesy photo<p>SF Aerial Dance Festival: The show features performances by Flyaway Productions and BANDALOOP

Oct. 9: Aerial dancing, Sharktoberfest and more

Who's in town

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about her humorous view of the human condition and her new memoir, “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

View of Ukraine: Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former president of Latvia, speaks about recent developments in Ukraine and other Eastern European nations. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Honoring conservation: Ali Shaibu Shekue, an elder in Kenya's fishing community who helped establish a marine-protected area and curb poaching, will receive a $10,000 prize from Berkeley-based Seacology. [6 p.m., David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Robot challenge: Patent attorney and former electrical engineer Kevin Roe speaks about meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and why robots can't repair the reactors. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

'Delish' recipes: Food blogger Jessica Merchant shares recipes from her latest book, “Seriously Delish.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Prize-winning poetry: Joanne Diaz presents her new book of poetry, “My Favorite Tyrants,” winner of the 2014 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Marley connection: Marlon James' latest book, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” is a fictionalized account of a 1976 assassination attempt on reggae singer Bob Marley. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Lights out at Stick exhibit: “Lights Out at the Stick,” an exhibit looking back at four decades of baseball and football at Candlestick Park, ends its run. [9 a.m.-8 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Film fest: “Queer Shorts at SF State” commemorates the 25th annual National Coming Out Day with LGBT-related shorts from SFSU faculty and alumni. [5 p.m., Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

S.F. fashion: Union Square SF is presenting its second Fall Fashion Fest, with special shows, pop-ups, discounts and more benefiting Glide Memorial. [5-10 p.m., Union Square, S.F.]

Rap showcase: “Hip-Hop Queens: From Oaxaca to the Bay” showcases feminist rappers and poets. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.] Chinatown on film: “Chan is Missing,” a 1982 film by “Joy Luck Club” director Wayne Wang, follows two cabbies on a shadowy mission in San Francisco's Chinatown. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Throwback Thursday: Soulful singer Lauren Bjelde fronts San Francisco-based Royal Jelly, which plays an old-school mix of gypsy soul and horn-blowing swing. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

SF Aerial Dance Festival: The show features performances by Flyaway Productions and BANDALOOP, and a new work by emerging choreographer Chelsea O Riley. [8 p.m., Zaccho Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave., #330, S.F.]

NightLife at the Academy: “Sharktoberfest” is the theme of this week's NightLife, featuring a pop-up beer garden, shark exhibits and a Q&A with a survivor of a real shark attack. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F.]

Language documentary: Bay Area filmmaker Anita Chang appears at a screening of her documentary, “Tongues of Heaven,” which deals with efforts to save endangered languages around the world. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Headliner Willie Barcena has performed on “The Tonight Show” several times and performed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. [8 p.m., 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Stand-up comedy: Mitch Fatel, who has appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” and his own Comedy Central special, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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