Eclectic pop artist Shura plays the Independent. (Courtesy Hollie Fernando)

Nov. 9-10: Shura, Gloria Steinem, Tal Ronnen, Judith Hooper, Aileen Ah-Tye, Jane Sigal

MONDAY, NOV 9

Shura: The artist blends “ethereal dance-pop and R&B with a touch of dancefloor re-work à la Janet Jackson and Crystal Waters meets Blood Orange and Prince.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Literary sampler: Left Coast Writers and the Southern Sampler Artists Colony evoke the dreamy, sometimes steamy world of Charleston and beyond in a mix of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, and other treats celebrating all things Southern. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Gloria Steinem: The legendary activist discusses her memoir “My Life on the Road” with Chinaka Hodge. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Mechanics’ Institute Tour: The membership organization known for its library, cultural events and renowned chess club offers an orientation to its building, history, mission, services and benefits of membership for prospective members; a wine and cheese reception follows the tour. [6 p.m., 57 Post St., third floor, S.F.]

Tal Ronnen: The restaurateur and author of “Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes from the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine” is promoting his new book. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.}

Judith Hooper: The former Esquire editor talks about her novel “Alice in Bed,” in which Alice James, the ailing sister of the more famous William and Henry, relives (or re-dreams) her life. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Aileen Ah-Tye: The San Francisco photojournalist speaks about her journey capturing scenes from famed food writer’s “M.F.K. Fisher’s Provence.” [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]

Jane Sigal: The food writer presents her new book “bistronomy: Recipes from the Best New Paris Bistros” joined for a Q&A with writer and publisher Paul Chutkow. [6:30 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

TUESDAY, NOV. 10

DanceFAR 2015: “Dance For A Reason” world-class performers from American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and other local troupes appear, followed by a party, to benefit Cancer Prevention Institute of California. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater and Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.] .

Dan Savage: The gay activist, author, media pundit and journalist appears in conversation with Michelle Tea in an event benefiting 826 Valencia scholarships. [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Film and the Fair: S,F. International Film Festival historian Miguel Pendás addresses how the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition was one of the earliest events of its kind to be immortalized on film in a talk sponsored by the S.F. Museum and Historical Society. [7:30 p.m., Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Adrian Tomine: The author of “Killing and Dying,” a collection of interconnected and darkly funny stories, speaks about the book with Bay Area writer Vendela Vida. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

John 5: The rock-bluegrass-metal band, and “monster metal” band Doyle, appear in the “Mad Monster” tour. [7:30 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St,., S.F.]

Here We Go Magic: The “psychedelic electro-folk” band from New York’s new album is called “Be Small.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon: Renel Brooks-Moon hosts an event presented by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate, which recognizes top Bay Area philanthropists. [11 a.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F.]

Tamaryn: The New Zealand-born, New York-based synth-pop singer is promoting her third album, “Cranekiss,” headlining a bill with Froth. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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