October 17: 'The LuLu Sessions' and other S.F. events

Who’s in town

Best-selling author Elizabeth George presents “Just One Evil Act,” the latest novel in her Inspector Lynley mystery series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Lectures

Reproductive rights: Speakers discuss the legal status of a woman’s right to choose an abortion, 40 years after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Caroline Cocciardi: The director of the documentary “Mona Lisa Revealed” talks about mysterious embroidery she discovered in Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Alexis Ohanian: The Internet entrepreneur, activist and investor, who is the co-founder of Reddit, Breadpig and Hipmunk, appears in an “Ask Me Anything Live” session. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Brian Komei Dempster: The poet and author reads from “Topaz.” Former internment camp inmates and second-generation Nisei writers also take part in the evening. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Two authors: Litquake festival presents novelists Andrew Sean Greer (“The Confessions of Max Tivoli”) and Helene Wecker (“The Golem and the Jinni”). [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Anne Firth Murray: The author, teacher and women’s-rights advocate discusses “From Outrage to Courage.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book party: Local indie publisher Red Bridge Press celebrates the release of “Writing That Risks,” an international anthology with a left-coast sensibility. Contributors read from their work. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Filmmaker class: Writer and independent filmmaker George Csicsery conducts a class titled “Unlikely Films: Documentaries.” [5:10 p.m., Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Breast cancer awareness

The award-winning documentary “The LuLu Sessions” — about a scientist who finds out she has the very illness she researches — makes its Bay Area premiere, followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker S. Casper Wong. [6:30 p.m., Dolby Laboratories Screening Room, 100 Potrero Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Block party: Burlingame hosts a community block party celebrating the completion of the first block of its Burlingame Avenue Streetscape Project. [5 to 8 p.m., 1200 block of Burlingame Avenue, Burlingame]

Thrash metal: The legendary Bay Area band Death Angel plays to promote its upcoming release, “The Dream Calls for Blood.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Harps and drums: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents an “SFCMP Players Show” featuring harp and percussion. The bill includes Lou Harrison’s “Music for Harp.” [7:30 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

Baker & Banker: The cauliflower soup — with potato, apple, vadouvan-pecan crumble and serrano chilis — is recommended today. Also try the Liberty Farms duck breast served with crispy duck confit and Bloomsdale spinach subric. [1701 Octavia St., S.F.; (415) 351-2500]

Party

Isle high: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Treasure Island NightLife.” Reef dives, gemstones and folk rockers Thao & the Get Down Stay Down are on the treasure- and isle-themed bill. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

Singer-songwriter: Folk and rock singer-songwriter Sharon Robinson appears at Café Du Nord. Her credits include writing collaborations with Leonard Cohen and the LP “Everybody Knows.” [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Rock: The Swedish-based trio Junip, whose music appeared in the “Breaking Bad” finale trailer, plays a concert. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Film

United Nations Association Film Festival: The 11-day festival containing 70 human-rights and social-justice documentaries from across the globe kicks off. Screenings continue through Oct. 27 in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and San Francisco as well as Stanford University. [6:45 p.m., Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto]arts

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