Oct. 28: Brain lecture, Bob Dylan and more 

Who's in town

Comedian Maria Bamford has appeared on "Conan" and memorably portrayed DeBrie Bardeaux on "Arrested Development." [8 p.m., 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Brain science: UC San Francisco neurology professor Stanley B. Prusiner discusses his discovery of prions, infectious proteins that affect the brain, and possible future breakthroughs in neuroscience. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Business and law: The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce presents a workshop on how small businesses can protect themselves from unexpected legal problems. [6:30 p.m., 1006 Webster St., S.F.]

Playland memories: Historian James R. Smith traces the rise and fall of Playland by the Beach, the beloved amusement park that once faced Ocean Beach in the Sunset. [7 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Irish novelist: The Irish Literary & Historical Society presents author Colm Toibin speaking about his latest novel, "Nora Webster." [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Makeup maestro: Makeup expert and YouTube star Michelle Phan is touring to promote her new book, "Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success -- Online and Off." [7 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Mystery tales: Merla Zellerbach speaks about "21 Huntington Court," the newest installment in her "Hallie Marsh" mystery series. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the public library

Filipino culture and jazz: Musician Melecio Magdaluyo presents jazz music that has complementary themes to the "Compositions: A Filipino American Experience" exhibit at the Main Library. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Peace vigil: A vigil for global peace and nonviolence includes music, moments of silence and prayer. [6 p.m., Kalmanovitz Amphitheater, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Day of the Dead exhibit: The "Visions at Twilight: Dia de Los Muertos" exhibit includes altars, interactive art installations and live music in honor of the Mexican holiday. [Noon-7 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Scene missing: Movie trailers are the inspiration for a night of comedy by Bay Area writers and comedians. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Get on the floor: Australian indie-pop singer Betty Who's life goal is making people dance. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Jazz and poetry: Music meets poetry in "Jazz Voices of Poetry" features Clairdee, Nicolas Bearde and the Ken French Quintet. [7:30 p.m., Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Never-ending rocker: Bob Dylan, who released his debut album 52 years ago, brings his never-ending tour to the Bay Area. [8 p.m., Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland]

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