October 8: Conversation with Cristopher Guest and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Filmmaker and actor Christopher Guest, who is best known for mockumentaries such as “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show,” appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Chris Matthews: MSNBC’s “Hardball” host examines whether civility and compromise will ever return to U.S. politics and discusses current lessons that such past heroism can offer. [7 p.m., Fairmont hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; www.worldaffairs.org]

Scott Stephens: The professor of fire science discusses the Rim Fire and what is being done to keep us safe and our forests healthy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

American Decorative Arts Forum: Program welcomes Michelle Finamore, fashion-arts curator at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Cocktail culture is her lecture topic. [7:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Cecile Pineda: The novelist reads from the new version of “Face,” now a finalist for the Neustadt Prize. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Paul Harding: The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist discusses “Enon.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

David Thomson: The film critic presents “Moments That Made the Movies.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Colin Winnette: The fiction writer, joined by friends, presents “Fondly.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Film program: “Who Is Bozo Texino?,” a documentary about a long search for the source of a graffiti image seen on railcars for more than 80 years, is the featured film. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Medicare workshop: Two Medicare solutions specialists provide an overview of Medicare and Medi-Cal. The program is in English and Chinese. [11 a.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, applying for jobs and searching online for jobs. Bring a flash drive. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Big splash

The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation presents its 2013 Celebrity Pool Toss. Local notables get soaked to benefit youth and family programs. [6 to 9:30 p.m., Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St., S.F.]

Local activities

Russian music: Pianist Roxanne Michaelian, violinist Josepha Fath, and cellist Victoria Ehrlich perform a sonata by Shostakovich and other Russian music. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Welsh rock band: Stereophonics perform at the Fillmore. “Graffiti on the Train” is the band’s latest album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Kurt Weitzmann: The comedian is the featured guest at the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s monthly meeting. “Hysterical Historical San Francisco” is his presentation. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Bocadillos: Tapas are on the menu at this Spanish restaurant and wine bar. The heirloom-tomato salad, with charred peppers and garlic confit, is recommended today. Also look for the housemade chorizo with poached eggs. [710 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 982-2622]

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