Courtesy photoMuhammad Ali’s fight to overturn a prison sentence for refusing to perform military service in Vietnam is detailed in the documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.”

October 28: ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ at Opera Plaza Cinema

Who's in town

British author Zadie Smith appears in an onstage conversation discussing her latest book, “NW.” City Arts and Lectures presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Olli Rehn: The European commissioner for economic and monetary affairs and the euro discusses the difficulties the European Union has faced and how it can make a strong recovery. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Gurcharan Das: The Indian journalist discusses how India has historically had a weak state and a strong society, and how this could affect the country's recent economic growth. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Simon Winchester : The journalist looks at some of the explorers and thinkers whose achievements helped unify the American states and created one cohesive nation. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Urban innovation: Entrepreneurs discuss how startup businesses, due to an agility unique to their size, are able to quickly tackle urban challenges. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

John Freeman: The literary critic discusses “How to Read a Novelist.” [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Santiago Roncagliolo: The Peruvian writer discusses “Hi, This Is Conchita.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ingrid Carlberg: The Swedish author discusses “There Is a Room Waiting for You Here,” a biography of Raoul Wallenberg. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 292-1233]

Mark Helprin: The best-selling author discusses “In Sunlight and in Shadow,” a novel. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Igor Siddiqui: The principal of ISSSStudio, an interior-design practice based in Brooklyn, discusses his evolving body of work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Hitchcock film: Program features a screening of “Rebecca” (1940), Alfred Hitchcock's atmospheric drama based on Daphne Du Maurier's novel. [6:15 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Jayne Anne Phillips: The novelist talks about “Quiet Dell.” [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Local activities

Tough fight: Muhammad Ali's fight to overturn a prison sentence for refusing to perform military service in Vietnam is detailed in the documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali.” [Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 771-0183]

Benefit reception: The International Rescue Committee's GenR group hosts its 2013 benefit reception, “Food Stories: From Burma to the Bay.” Local chefs, working with refugee farmers, take part. [5:30 p.m., Roe, 651 Howard St., S.F.]

Dance makers: West Wave Dance Festival presents “Make.Believe,” a night of contemporary ballet curated by Amy Seiwert and contributing artists and featuring works based on fairy tales and myths. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Dining out

Papalote Mexican Grill: Tacos, quesadillas and burritos top the menu at the restaurant's two San Francisco sites. The carne asada burrito is recommended today. All burritos include rice, beans and salsa. [3409 24th St., S.F.; (415) 776-0106 and 1777 Fulton St., S.F.; (415) 970-8815]

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