October 15: Quinteto Latino and other SF events 

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  • Quinteto Latino opens the Latin American Chamber Music Festival with an experimental and improvisatory music program.
Who’s in town

Classical pianist Yuja Wang appears in recital, performing music by Prokofiev, Chopin, Kapustin and Stravinsky. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Marion Nestle: The nutritionist, professor and author of “Food Politics” discusses pressing food issues and how we can fight for the best food products in the marketplace. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Adam Steltzner: The NASA engineer discusses exploration of Mars and the kinds of investigations it might lead to. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.; www.longnow.org]

Norman Packard: The ProtoLife CEO and pioneer in the field of chaos theory discusses the history and future of living technology, including the rise of wet artificial life. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brazil today: A reception and program celebrate Brazil’s world presence and culture. Eduardo Ramos, Brazil’s consul general in San Francisco, is the featured speaker. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘Ballots and Brews’: SPUR Young Urbanists host an informal gathering to examine what’s on the November election ballot. Bring your own ballot. SPUR supplies the beer. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Two poets: Alan Soldofsky (“In the Buddha Factory”) and Jack Marshall (“Spiral Trace”) read from their new poetry books. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Rosetta Constantino: The cookbook author discusses “Southern Italian Desserts.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Greta Christina: The atheist and feminist blogger talks about religion and sexuality. [7 p.m., Room 041, Jordan Hall, Building 420, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Children’s literature: Litquake presents a Kidquake program of readings, discussion and workshops designed to inspire the imaginations of kids in third to fifth grades. [10 a.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Latino/Hispanic Room, S.F.]

Twitter 101: A professional social-media marketer conducts a workshop on Twitter basics, from setting up an account to using Twitter for your career. [6 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Wind quintet

Quinteto Latino opens the Latin American Chamber Music Festival with an experimental and improvisatory music program. [7:50 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Rock singer-songwriter Tim Kasher, frontman for the bands Cursive and the Good Life, performs a concert to promote his new album, “Adult Film.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Anniversary show: For the People Comedy celebrates four years of high-energy shows featuring humor and diversity. Comics Frankie Quinones and Joey Guila top the bill. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Words and music: The WordParty presents a night of open-mic poetry and live jazz. Poets Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir host the session. Nova Jazz provides the music. [8 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.; www.thewordparty.com]

Dining out

Mission Beach Cafe: The filet mignon is highlighted today. It is served with rosemary red potatoes, snap peas, sweet corn, cipollini onions, wild mushrooms and sauce bordelaise. Also recommended: the rabbit gumbo and the hamachi crudo. [198 Guerrero St., S.F.; (415) 861-0198]

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