November 20: DuoW and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Brazilian tropicalia and samba-rock musician Jorge Ben Jor, whose songs include “Mas Que Nada” and “Taj Mahal,” performs. [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Literary events

Michael McClure: The Beat Generation and psychedelic-era poet presents “Ghost Tantras.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jonathan Miles: The novelist talks about “Want Not.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Rosetta Costantino: The author and cooking instructor talks about “Southern Italian Desserts.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Robert Reich: The former U.S. secretary of labor and current UC Berkeley professor discusses the future of the U.S. economy. [6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.]

Myanmar in transition: Speakers discuss the history of Myanmar, also known as Burma, and the nation’s transition from military rule to a more democratic government. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Consul General Luncheon Series: Asianto Sinambela, Indonesia’s consul general in San Francisco, discusses Indonesia’s economic development and place in the Asia-Pacific region. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lisa Kristine: The humanitarian photographer shares images documenting the lives of people across the globe who are enslaved. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Astronomy talk: Astrophysicist Stephen R. Kane speaks at the Amateur Astronomers’ November meeting. “The Diversity of Habitable Zones and Their Planets” is his theme. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers market: The UC San Francisco market features fresh produce at two campuses. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elevator G Breezeway, Parnassus campus, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plaza, Mission Bay campus, 500 Gene Friend Way, S.F.]

At the public library

Art lecture: Artist Marlene Aron gives a slide presentation on the work of impressionist painter Claude Monet. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Catherine Accardi: The author and local historian presents historical images from her new book, “San Francisco Landmarks.” [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Classical music

DuoW performs a “Salon at the Rex” concert. Violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss make up the classical-music act. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Local activities

Fall cocktails: The produce of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market has the spotlight at “Beat Them to the Punch,” a night of fall cocktails and bites. Top bartenders and chefs take part. [5:30 to 8 p.m., 1 Ferry Building, S.F.;]

French cinema: Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt,” restored for its 50th anniversary, screens at the Castro Theatre. Michel Piccoli and Brigitte Bardot play a screenwriter and his suddenly estranged wife. [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Rock show: The New Jersey-based Screaming Females — described by Pitchfork as “ferocious post-punk, post-90s, post-patience for your sorry ass guitar-rock” — headline. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Stones Throw: Crispy duck with black rice, Asian pear, celery and Peking-spiced jus is a recommended entree. Also look for the pan-roasted salmon with smoked farro, heirloom carrots, baby leeks and carrot-top pesto. [1896 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 796-2901]

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