November 12: Kevin Russell and other SF events 

Person in town

Stanford’s Department of Music and Center for African Studies presents Zimbabwean musician and cultural educator Patience Chaitezvi in a program of traditional music from her country. [8 p.m., CCRMA Stage, The Knoll, Stanford University, 660 Lomita Court, Stanford]

Lectures

David Folkenflik: The NPR correspondent examines the scandals that almost ended Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Todd Wilkinson: The author of “Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet” discusses the media mogul’s lesser-known personal history. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

John Freeman: The local historian presents the history of beer brewing in San Francisco and describes how the brewing renaissance here is a source of local pride and distinction. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Delta conservation: Speakers discuss the Bay Delta Conservation Plan and whether political issues will doom the delta to decline. [7 p.m., Conference Center, Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: www.zocalopublicsquare.org]

Literary events

Harriet Scott Chessman: The novelist celebrates the launch of “The Beauty of Ordinary Things.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

David Tanis: The former Chez Panisse chef and current New York Times “City Kitchen” columnist discusses “One Good Dish: The Pleasures of a Simple Meal.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Enrique Chagoya: The artist, whose paintings and prints reflect his experience of living on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, discusses his work. [7 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Lucy Walker: The Oscar-nominated filmmaker, whose documentaries include “Waste Land” and “Blindsight,” discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the library

LGBT fiction: “The Fabulous World of Queer Pulp, Yesterday and Today” is the theme of a discussion featuring author Ann Bannon and others. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Computer help: The session covers the computer basics, including setting up an email account, using a word processor and exploring the Internet. [1:15 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Concert

Contemporary rock-blues: Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Kevin Russell, formerly of the classic rock band 707, appears in concert. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.] City events

Dance benefit: “Get in Front,” a benefit for the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, features cocktails and a dance concert. Performers include the San Francisco Ballet. [7 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Classical trio: The Graham Graber Rose Trio, a cello-piano-clarinet ensemble, performs works by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Opera production: The San Francisco Opera presents “The Flying Dutchman,” Wagner’s opera about a ship captain condemned to sail the seas in search of true love. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Half Moon Bay Brewing Company: The four-course Harvest Dinner ($68) includes a Heritage pork loin dish. [7 p.m., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; RSVP (required): (650) 728-2739 or www.hmbbrewingco.com]

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