Aquarium of the Bay hosts Giant Pacific Octopus Week 

click to enlarge Sea life: Aquarium of the Bay hosts Giant Pacific Octopus Week events in celebration of its newest tentacled residents. Special talks and tours take place through Sunday. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Sea life: Aquarium of the Bay hosts Giant Pacific Octopus Week events in celebration of its newest tentacled residents. Special talks and tours take place through Sunday.

Who’s in town

Thomas Donohue
, CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, gives a lecture on the state of American business. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Jim Richardson:
The National Geographic photojournalist gives a talk titled “Heirlooms: Saving Humanity’s 10,000-year Legacy of Food,” presented by the Long Now Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Recycled water: Speakers from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission discuss the goals and challenges involved in implementing recycled-water projects. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

John Nichols:
The journalist discusses “Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, From Madison to Wall Street.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Martha Grover: The Oregon-based writer and creator of the long-running zine “Somnambulist” talks about “One More for the People.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ian Tuttle: The fiction writer talks about “Stretchyhead,” his debut short-story collection. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Josh Bazell: The novelist talks about “Wild Thing.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Kevin Fox: The TV writer and producer talks about “Until the Next Time,” a novel. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Art lecture:
Early-20th-century Native American pueblo painting is discussed. [11 a.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Dr., Stanford]

At the public library

Botanical landscapes:
Kendra Hauser of the California Academy of Sciences talks about native plants and best practices for a managed landscape. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

All about jazz: Local musician M.B. Hanif and members of his trio demonstrate jazz styles from notable eras, including swing and bebop. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Sea life:
Aquarium of the Bay hosts Giant Pacific Octopus Week events in celebration of its newest tentacled residents. Special talks and tours take place through Sunday. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., The Embarcadero at Beach Street, S.F.]

Gorey, hallelujah: The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a birthday party for Edward Gorey. Cake, readings and a presentation by playwright Carol Verburg honor Gorey (1925-2000), the distinctive writer and artist. [6 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Indie films: IndieFest 2012, the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, presents “Juko’s Time Machine” and “Sahkanaga” at 7:15 p.m. and “Kill List” and “Monsters Club” at 9:30 p.m. [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.sfindie.com]

Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “Scorched,” Wajdi Mouawad’s stage thriller about two siblings, two letters and a haunting secret. The cast includes David Strathairn. [8 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Design showcase:
Varian Designs, California Home + Design Magazine and A Handful of Salt introduce their “pop up shop” featuring modern rustic furniture and other items made by San Francisco artists. [6 to 9 p.m., 540 Jackson St., S.F.]

Dining out

Solstice Restaurant and Lounge:
Chef Jorge Romano’s menu features small plates and seasonally inspired cuisine. The spiced chicken empanadas are recommended. [2801 California St., S.F.; (415) 359-1222]

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