October 30: The Beijing Guitar Duo play Hotel Rex

Courtesy photoThe Beijing Guitar Duo — Meng Su and Yameng Wang — performs a “Salons at the Rex” concert featuring melodies old and new.

Courtesy photoThe Beijing Guitar Duo — Meng Su and Yameng Wang — performs a “Salons at the Rex” concert featuring melodies old and new.

Who's in town

Helen Fielding, creator of “Bridget Jones's Diary,” discusses “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” the third installment in the series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Jaron Lanier: The computer scientist, virtual-reality pioneer, composer, artist and author appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Estelle Freedman: The Stanford professor explores rape throughout U.S. history and how women's-rights and racial-justice advocates have tried to redefine rape in law and culture. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Janet Napolitano: The University of California's new president outlines her vision for the UC system. [6 p.m., Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]

At the colleges

Scary concert: Faculty pianists Inara Morgenstern and Victoria Neve perform their annual concert of Halloween-themed music. [1 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Javier Sicilia: The Mexican poet and activist gives a talk titled “Peace Beyond the Drug War.” A discussion follows. [4:30 p.m., Bechtel Conference Center, Stanford University, 616 Serra St., Stanford]

Literary events

Reinventing California Cuisine: Chefs David Kinch (“Manresa: An Edible Reflection”) and Daniel Patterson (“Coi: Stories and Recipes”) discuss their cookbooks. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Margit Liesche: The novelist talks about “Triptych.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Write your will: The workshop, led by estate planner and probate lawyer Stuart Bronstein, helps participants create fully functional wills. Bring a pen. [4:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.; to register: (415) 355-5600]

Forbidden love: The “Gems From the Archives” event features a screening of the 1990s documentary “Forbidden Love: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Salon guitar concert: The Beijing Guitar Duo — Meng Su and Yameng Wang — performs a “Salons at the Rex” concert featuring melodies old and new. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

In touch: The Tactile Dome reopens at the Exploratorium. The sense of touch becomes your only guide during this interactive trip through darkness. [Pier 15, S.F.; details at www.exploratorium.edu, call (415) 528-4444 to register]

Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “Underneath the Lintel,” Glen Berger's solo play about an eccentric librarian's ambitious quest to learn the history of a very overdue book. [8 p.m., American Conservatory Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Stylish 'staches: San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology hosts its “Movember Kickoff and 'Stache Styling Primer,” a mustache-themed launch for a month of events benefiting the fight against male cancers. [8:30 a.m., 1067 Folsom St., S.F.]

Dining out

Wexler's: Entrees include smoked short ribs with sofrito-braised cranberry beans, pickled onions, mashed potatoes and barbecue au jus as well as smoked cheddar grits with glazed Brussels sprouts, dried figs and port. [568 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 983-0102]

artsThe Beijing Guitar Duo

Just Posted

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia Gombojav Zandanshatar said his country and San Francisco face similar challenges on issues including COVID recovery and climate change.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Mongolian leaders meet with tech, film leaders on city tour

‘I really want San Franciscans to meet the new Mongolian generation’

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Most Read