MONDAY, OCT. 4
Richard Dawkins: The author of “The Selfish Gene,” whose new memoir is “Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science,” appears in conversation with Jacob Ward. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater 275 Hayes St., S.F.]
S.F. Dance Film Festival: The sixth festival kicks off with a screening of “Mia-A Dancer’s Journey,” which follows the career of Croatian dancer Mia Slavenska, one of the most celebrated ballerinas of the 20th century and a pioneer in American ballet. 5 [7 p.m., Kanbar Hall Theater, Jewish Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]
Truck Stop: Crowded Fire Theater stages the American premiere of Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott’s dark tale based on the real-life experiences of two girls who were forced into prostitution at highway truck stops. [8 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]
Telling Tales: Performers at the open mike storytelling session (jokes and poetry are forbidden) are invited to share experiences on the theme “I’ve Got a Secret!” [8 p.m., Douglas Morrisson Theatre, 22311 N. Third St., Hayward]
Kidmob: The free, interactive youth workshop, part of the “Precarious Vision” series of Monday events, offers instruction and discussion on technology, urban design, visual arts and graphic design. [7 p.m., Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., S.F.].
John Lahr: The senior New Yorker theater writer is promoting “Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows,” a collection of his magazine profiles and reviews one critic called “the nearest we get to modern theater history.” [12:30 p.m., Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.
Karin Slaughter: The best-selling author’s latest book “Pretty Girls” has been called “a stunning family tragedy and a hold-your-breath pedal-to-the-metal thriller.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
TUESDAY, OCT. 6
Alcest: The Parisian post-metal duo has been described as “half-gauze, half-iron” by The New York Times, [8:30 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]
Frank Gehry: The architecture giant appears in converation with Paul Goldberger, author of “Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry,” in a City Arts & Lectures presentation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]
Meg Waite Clayton: The author of “The Race for Paris” speaks about her World War II novel inspired by real frontline stories of women journalists who raced the Allies to occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives. [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]
Kenji Lopez-Alt: The managing culinary director of Serious Eats and James Beard Award-nominated columnist speaks about his new book, “The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
Best Women’s Travel Writing: Editor Lavinia Spalding and contributing authors Faith Adiele, Erin Byrne and Candace Rose Rardon appear to promote the book’s 10th volume. [7 p.m., Oshman Family JCC. 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]
Braids: The eclectic art pop band from Montreal is promoting its album “Deep In The Iris.” [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]
Dear Armen: The audience-interactive theater experience, inspired by the life of Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and poet, integrates Armenian dance, erotic performance and spoken word. [7:30 p.m., NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]