Yael Naim plays Bimbo’s on Wednesday

Singer-songwriter: Paris-born Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim

Who’s in town

Canadian pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin appears in concert. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Technology and human rights: Speakers discuss the role of technology in international human rights reporting and adjudication. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Grocers and consumers: Speakers discuss the path that food takes to get to our table and the role that grocers play in feeding us. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tech talk: Silicon Valley notables Reid Hoffman (partner, Greylock; co-founder, LinkedIn) and Brian Chesky (co-founder, Airbnb) talk about the business of technology. [7:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Alan Kaufman: The memoirist, novelist, editor and poet talks about “Drunken Angel,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Carol Field: The food writer talks about “The Italian Baker, Revised: The Classic Tastes of the Italian Countryside — Its Breads, Pizza, Focaccia, Cakes, Pastries, and Cookies.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Alastair Macaulay: The chief dance critic of The New York Times talks about reviewing the performing arts today. [4 p.m., Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall, Stanford University]

Nursing program: USF School of Nursing hosts an informational meeting designed for students seeking to transfer from a junior college or four-year university. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Room 203, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Science writer: “Packing for Mars” author Mary Roach converses with “MythBuster” Adam Savage. A video screening of “Rockets of Yesterday” leads things off. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dia de los Muertos: The program features stories and a craft in recognition of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. [4 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Local activities

Procession and altars: Honoring ancestors, Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead events include a procession and festival of altars. [Procession: 7 p.m., 22nd and Bryant streets, S.F.; altars: 6 to 11 p.m., Garfield Park, 26th and Harrison streets, S.F.]

Solo performance: Words First, a series featuring solo performers, presents its November show. Susan Ito, Martha Rynberg, Heather Marlowe and Brian Rosen take the stage. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Day of the Dead art:
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts a gala reception for its annual Dia de los Muertos art show. Altars, steamroller-printed banners and other items are on view. [6:30 to 11 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter:
Paris-born Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim, appearing with David Donatien, performs selections from “She Was a Boy,” her recent album. [8 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Ahn Sushi & Soju: Japanese and Korean fare come together at this sushi and soju bar. Recommended on the Japanese side of the menu is the “My Way” roll. Salmon, tuna, tobiko, snow crab, avocado and sprouts are wrapped inside a thinly sliced cucumber. Recommended Korean barbecue dish: bulgogi (broiled sliced marinated rib eye). [177 Eddy St., S.F.; (415) 929-1118]

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