Bay Area Children’s Theatre stages “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang, TYA,” a version of the famed tale about a flying car created particularly for little ones. (Courtesy Melissa Nigro)

Oct. 11-12: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Italian Heritage Parade, Litquake’s Eat, Drink, and Be Literary

SUNDAY, OCT. 11

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The stage version of the musical film about an eccentric family and their miraculous car, created specially for families with tots, opens a four-weekend run. [11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Italian Heritage Parade: The procession begins at Fisherman’s Wharf, proceeds down Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square; this year’s grand marshal is Franc D’Ambrosio. [12:30 p.m. start, Jefferson and Stockton streets, S.F.]

Crescendo Turns 10! The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus honors Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at its gala fundraiser. [Noon to 3 p.m., Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St., S.F.]

Eat, Drink, and Be Literary: Litquake’s ticketed day-long celebration features nationally acclaimed chefs and authors. [11 a.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Yuri Liberzon: The guitar virtuoso plays a program of baroque to contemporary ​works by Sor, Scarlatti, Bach, Brouwer, Rudnev, Jarrett and Piazzolla. [4 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Patrick Watson: The Canadian musician describes his new album “Love Songs for Robots”: “I wanted to make a science fiction R-and-B meets Vangelis erotica with a zest of folk kind of record.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Keith and The Girl: New York podcast pioneers Keith Malley and Chemda celebrate 10 years in a show with special guest Marga Gomez. [7:30 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Castro Romero Flamenco: The brothers-and-sister troupe from Madrid returns to the Bay Area with its acclaimed show, “Esencia Flamenca.” [2 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Jazz in the Neighborhood: Composer-guitarist Jon Schott celebrates the recording debut of his band, Actual Trio. [7:30 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]


MONDAY, OCT. 12

Dennis Lehane: Litquake hosts the best-selling “Mystic River” and “Gone Baby Gone” writer in a talk with film noir expert Eddie Muller titled “From Hardback to Hollywood.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Pavel Haas Quartet: SF Performances presents the Czech ensemble in program featuring Prokofiev’s Quartet Quartet No. 1, Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor “Serioso,” and Bartok’s Quartet No. 5. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Porchlight-Litquake: The monthly storytelling series, teaming with S.F.’s big literary festival, hosts a session titled “Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Act of Starting Over.” [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Margaret Atwood: Kepler’s hosts the literary great (author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and many others), whose new novel is “The Heart Goes Last.” [7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Nature’s Vegas: The S.F. garage rockers headline a show also featuring Enola Fall, a Tasmanian indie pop-alt-folk band promoting its latest effrt, “Heliotropic.” [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Terror-Rama 2-Prom Night: Awesome Theatre presents a one-night reading as a prelude to a fully staged production slated for October 2016. [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

Inside Political Campaigns: Money, Ethics and the Future: Strategists Ace Smith and Ben Ginsberg, and election official Ann Ravel, speak at the panel moderated by Kirk Hanson. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

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