Courtesy photoMacy Gray.

October 24: Macy Gray playing debut album

FRIDAY

On the town

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd gives a sold-out talk at the Jewish Community Center. The event will be streamed at www.jccsf.org/live. [7 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Linda Robinson: The RAND Corporation international-policy analyst shares her on-the-ground experiences with the U.S. military’s special-operations forces, [6:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; www.worldaffairs.org]

Muni on 19th Avenue: Speakers discuss plans that are in the works to make Muni service on San Francisco’s 19th Avenue faster and safer. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Will Viharo: The pulp-fiction author and B-movie impresario reads from “Love Stories Are Too Violent for Me.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Veronica Roth: The author of young-adult fiction presents “Allegiant,” the final book in her “Divergent” trilogy. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Nick Taylor: The author of historical fiction talks about “Father Junipero’s Confessor.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Monique Brinson Demery: The Chicago-based scholar discusses “Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Vietnam’s Madame Nhu.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

At the colleges

Michael Moore: The filmmaker, author, social critic and political activist speaks. Reservations are required. [7:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.; RSVP details: www.cca.edu]

At the public library

Digital privacy: Del Harvey, from Twitter, gives an overview of what privacy rights are, and aren’t, in the digital world. [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Reading tutor: A volunteer helps children in the K-3 grades who want to improve their reading. [4 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.] Style and soul

Singer Macy Gray, on the 14th anniversary of her Grammy Award-winning debut,“On How Life Is,” performs the album in its entirety in the first of two Bay Area engagements. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities

With these hands: Garrett + Moulton Productions presents “A Show of Hands,” a site-specific multimedia performance exploring the powers and possibilities of the human hand. [1 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Horror flick: “The Beast in Heat,” directed by local filmmaker Anthony A. Russell, is a San Francisco-set drama with a recent fashion school graduate, a night-stalking werewolf, pent-up sexual rage, gruesome fetishes and more. [8 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Jazz trio: The ACS Trio — jazz artists Geri Allen (piano), Esperanza Spalding (bass) and Terri Lyne Carrington (drums) — performs at the SFJAZZ Center. [7 and 9:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Dining

Betelnut: The hamachi sashimi — with avocado mousse, picked Thai bird chilies, lychee and fermented black-garlic oil — is recommended. Also try the XO eggplant and a fall salad with roasted baby beets and spicy coriander crumble. [2030 Union St., S.F.; (415) 929-8855]

Art party

Art auction: Root Division hosts its 2013 art auction, benefiting emerging local artists and free youth art classes. The event includes silent and live auctions, cocktails and a DJ. [6:30 p.m., 3175 17th St., S.F.; (415) 863-7668]

Music

Alt rock: Rusted Root, which blends acoustic, rock, world and other styles, performs at the Independent. “The Movement” is the group’s latest album. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Theater

New play: Cutting Ball Theater presents “Sidewinders,” Basil Kreimendahl’s absurdist play about two lost souls whose journey prompts questions about anatomy, transgenderism and who we truly are. [7:30 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]

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