Oct. 16: Short-film festival, a girl named S and more 

click to enlarge Rock show: S, the secret rock 'n' roll code name of Seattle-based singer-songwriter Jenn Ghetto, performs. [8:30 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Rock show: S, the secret rock 'n' roll code name of Seattle-based singer-songwriter Jenn Ghetto, performs. [8:30 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Lena Dunham -- writer, producer, director and star of the HBO series "Girls" -- discusses her work and her new book, "Not That Kind of Girl," in conversation with Vendela Vida. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Current affairs: Leon Panetta, former CIA director and U.S. secretary of defense, speaks about his time in Washington, D.C., and current affairs. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Kitchen basics: The Kitchn food website's book, "The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking" includes easy cooking lessons as well as recipes and essential kitchen wisdom. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Latin American fiction: Carmen de Monteflores infuses Puerto Rican politics and culture into her latest novel, "¡Jibara!" [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Drinking and thinking: Take a sip of history (and free whiskey samples) as Mark Bailey and Edward Hemingway present their new book, "Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling Through Hollywood History." [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Relaxation fixation: Yoga and meditation teacher Melissa Carroll shares stories from her new book, "Going Om: Real-Life Stories On and Off the Yoga Mat." [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Castro St., S.F.]

At the public library

Duct-tape crafts: Youths 10 and up are invited to create fun crafts using duct tape, the universal fix-it solution. [3:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Sweet and scary: Learn how to make sugar skulls, a traditional Mexican craft, right in time for Dia de los Muertos. [4:30 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

At the colleges

LGBT films: The GLBT History Museum and San Francisco State are partnering to screen two short films, "Take This Hammer" and "Viva 16," as part of a film series exploring the LGBT community's changing role in a rapidly changing San Francisco. [7 p.m., 4127 18th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Culture night: The monthly ConVerge event features live music by ADDLEDS and Christine Bonansea, poetry and more. [Noon-6 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Film fest: The SF Shorts festival kicks off with "Film Mix One," an evening of films from Uganda, Canada, Qatar and more. [7 and 9 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.sfshorts.org] Sex education flashback: "Radical Sex Education Films," a program of eye-popping, progressive sex-education films produced in San Francisco in the 1970-80s, screens as part of a film series highlighting city history. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

New music: British band The Horrors plays songs from its latest album, "Luminous," and more. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Rock show: S, the secret rock 'n' roll code name of Seattle-based singer-songwriter Jenn Ghetto, performs. [8:30 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

NightLife at the Academy: "Navigation" is the theme of this week's NightLife, with performances by poppy Saint Pepsi and jazz-hip-hop group BADBADNOTGOOD as well as art installations and neat disaster-navigation tips. [6:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Nate Bargatze, who has appeared on "The Tonight Show" and his own Comedy Central special, headlines a comedy bill that also includes Paco Romane and Erikka Innes. [8 p.m., 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Wild rockers: Wildcat! Wildcat!, a Los Angeles band that released its debut album Aug. 5, is headlining. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Dance time: Colombian electronic-music artist Quantic brings his beats to the Bay Area. La Gente is opening the show. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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