Flamenco guitarist Nino de Pura pays tribute to the late Paco De Lucia in concert at the Herbst Theatre on Thursday.

Oct. 21-22: Courtney Barnett, Mutemath, David Talbot, Nino de Pura

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21

Courtney Barnett: The deadpan Australian singer-songwriter performs tunes from her full-length debut “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Mutemath: The Grammy-nominated indie rockers from New Orleans, who draw on 1960s-70s influences, have a catchy new single “Monument.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

David Talbot: The acclaimed San Francisco journalist talks about his new book, “The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Accelerating Innovative Women In Technology: Leaders discuss what’s working, what’s needed and what’s next in the effort to ensure women are represented and rewarded in tech careers. [5:30 p.m., eBay/StubHub, 199 Fremont St., S.F.; registration required: http://sfnewtech.com/event/innovative-women-in-technology/ ]

Frances Dinkelspiel: The author of “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California,” about Mark Anderson, who destroyed $100 million of wine, appears in conversation with Leslie Berlin. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

BitPanel: The roundtable of panelists addressing Bitcoin and Blockchain technology includes Brock Pierce of Blockchain Capital, Pierre Wolff of Coinsilium and Terrance Yang of Yang Ventures. [6 p.m., Hero City, Draper University, 55 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Arne Duncan: The U.S. Secretary of Education leads an in-depth discussion about key issues in education. [11:30 a.m., Commmonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Paul Clarke: The executive editor of Imbibe magazine and author of “The Cocktail Chronicles” appears for conversation, cocktails and book signing. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books, 3885a Caesar Chavez St., S.F.]

The Great San Francisco Sock Hop: The happy-hour event collects socks for Glide and raises awareness about the organization’s amazing charitable services; bring a pack of socks or a $5 donation. [5:30 p.m., Monarch, 1010 Sixth St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, OCT. 22

Nino de Pura: One of the world’s top flamenco guitarists and his troupe appear in a performance paying tribute to the late Spanish guitar master Paco De Lucia. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Coloring happy hour: Participants are invited to color and have a glass of wine in honor of National Color Day; those who purchase a copy of “Fantastic Cities: A Coloring Book of Amazing Places Real and Imagined” are entered to win a coloring party pack. [5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Chronicle Books, Metreon store, 165 Fourth St., S.F.]

Presidio stargazing: S.F. Amateur Astronomers help guests use telescopes and offer guided night sky tours. [6 to 10 p.m., Main Post Lawn, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

Kristin Schreier Lyseggen: The Bay Area author talks about her evocative new book, “The Women of San Quentin: Soul Murder of Transgender Women in Male Prisons.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Lincoln Center at the Movies: The program’s “Great American Dance” series showcases Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performing its signature work, “Revelations,” [7 p.m., Century San Francisco Centre 9, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Elvis Costello: Dan Stone of Radio Silence interviews the rocker, who has covered his life and five-decade career in the new memoir “Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

San Francisco Symphony: Susanna Mälkki conducts the orchestra in a program featuring pianist Simon Trpceski performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu’s ”Alma III: Soma.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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