The platinum-selling alternative-rock band Blue October performs; its newest album is “Sway.”

The platinum-selling alternative-rock band Blue October performs; its newest album is “Sway.”

October 9: Blue October and other SF events

Who’s in town

British soul singer Alice Russell performs a concert to promote her latest album, “To Dust.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Let Girls Lead: Speakers discuss successful strategies designed to demonstrate the power and promise of investing in girls around the world. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Richard Willson: The author of “Parking Made Easy” speaks. The book maintains that parking requirements should be overhauled to better support cities’ larger planning goals. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

City Lights at 60: City Lights hosts a roundtable discussion and visual presentation exploring its history and ongoing mission as both a bookstore and a publishing house. [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Joseph Sutton: The locally based writer discusses “The Years the Giants Won the Series.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Daniel Patterson: The chef, restaurateur and food writer launches his debut cookbook, “Coi: Stories and Recipes.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Ken Goldstein: The debut novelist discusses “This Is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Memorial concert: Stanford faculty and students perform in the 2013 Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert, a program honoring the slain Wall Street Journal reporter. [7:30 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Upcoming classes: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides learning opportunities for people age 50 and up, hosts a preview of upcoming courses. [3 p.m. Downtown Campus, SFSU, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

Paying for College: The two-part course is designed as a primer for parents and students navigating the college financial-aid process. [4 p.m., Anza Branch, 550 37th Ave., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfpl.org/teensite]

Mother-Daughter Book Group: The monthly session is for girls ages 9 to 12 and their moms, grandmothers or caregivers. Andrea Cheng’s “The Year of the Book” is October’s selection. [7 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Rock band

The platinum-selling alternative-rock band Blue October performs; its newest album is “Sway.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

Multimedia performance: Performer Bob Marsh presents “Spirit of Detroit,” his site-specific multimedia work inspired by photographs of a decaying Detroit by Philip Jarmain. [7:30 p.m., Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., S.F.]

Urban folk rock: The Anita Lofton Project performs in Union Square. A minimal approach and an acoustic sound characterize singer-songwriter Lofton’s current music. [12:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Forever funny: The “Dinosaurs of Comedy” — longtime comics Michael Meehan, Larry “Bubbles” Brown, Johnny Steele and special guest Lynn Ruth Miller — perform. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Gracias Madre: The coconut ceviche, an appetizer, is recommended today. The dish contains young coconut meat, fresh jalapeño, zucchini and tomatoes. It is topped with avocado and served with homemade chips. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]artsBlue OctoberSF events

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