Nov. 13: "Pelican Dreams," Australian blues and more 

click to enlarge Director Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward pelican's journey from the Golden Gate Bridge to a rehab facility and beyond in "Pelican Dreams." [1 and 5 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.] -  - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Director Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward pelican's journey from the Golden Gate Bridge to a rehab facility and beyond in "Pelican Dreams." [1 and 5 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Harvard professor Jill Lepore speaks about her new book, "The Secret History of Wonder Woman," which examines the complicated back story of the iconic superheroine. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Feel the vibe: Good Vibrations founder and sex educator Joani Blank speaks about the creation of the pioneering, women-friendly sex shop, and its conversion to a worker cooperative. [6:30 p.m., Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Thinking about religion: Best-selling author and former nun Karen Armstrong explores why religion can inspire violence in its followers, as well as resistance to it. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Historical fiction: Author and longtime activist Martha Shelley reads from and signs "The Stars in Their Courses," a novel about the ancient Middle East seen through a feminist, class-conscious lens. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Historical texting: Mallory Ortberg's "Texts From Jane Eyre" imagines text conversations from literary figures such as Scarlett O'Hara from "Gone With the Wind" and Jessica Wakefield from "Sweet Valley High." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.] Biblical inspiration: Mary F. Burns' "Isaac and Ishmael" is a new take on biblical stories, starting with the births of the sons of Abraham. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Family activity: Educator Lisa Mejia-Sandoval leads an introduction to the Spanish language for kids and families. [10:30 a.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Bay Bridge art: Filmmaker Jeremy Ambers discusses "Impossible Light," which details the sparkling Bay Lights that have transformed the Bay Bridge. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Hospital benefit: Cirque du Soiree presents trapeze performances, dancing and drinks in a benefit for Partners in Care, a nonprofit that provides assistance to patients at UC San Francisco Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. [6 p.m., Bently Reserve, 301 Battery St., S.F.]

Local activities

Rock show: The tongue-twisting Connecticut emo-indie band The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die is known for high-energy live performances. [7 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Dance debut: The FACT/SF dance troupe is unveiling two world premieres: "Stepset Shift" by Charles Slender-White and "Open Source" by Liz Tenuto. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Fresh sounds: Oakland garage-punk trio Shannon and the Clams play music from their album "Dreams in the Rat House" and more. [8 p.m., SF Eagle, 398 12th St., S.F.]

Get cracking on that novel: A South San Francisco library invites writers to take part in National Novel Writing Month with plenty of writing space, electric outlets, reference help and refreshments. [6-7 p.m., South San Francisco Main Library, 840 W. Orange Ave., South S.F.]

NightLife: The elements of creativity are the theme of this week's NightLife at the Academy. A partnership with California College of the Arts presents interactive student exhibits, a wood-carving station, planetarium shows and music by DJ Omar. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Rachel Feinstein, who has appeared on "Last Comic Standing" and her own Comedy Central special, headlines a show that also includes Kelly Pryce and Jesse Hett. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Antipodal sounds: Australian singer-songwriter Mia Dyson has won multiple awards in her home country for her bluesy sound. Her new album is "Idyllwild." [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Director Judy Irving ("The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill") follows a wayward pelican's journey from the Golden Gate Bridge to a rehab facility and beyond in "Pelican Dreams." [1 and 5 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

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