Oct. 9: Aerial dancing, Sharktoberfest and more 

click to enlarge SF Aerial Dance Festival: The show features performances by Flyaway Productions and BANDALOOP, and a new work by emerging choreographer Chelsea O Riley. [8 p.m., Zaccho Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave., #330, S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • SF Aerial Dance Festival: The show features performances by Flyaway Productions and BANDALOOP, and a new work by emerging choreographer Chelsea O Riley. [8 p.m., Zaccho Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave., #330, S.F.]

Who's in town

New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast talks about her humorous view of the human condition and her new memoir, "Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant." [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

View of Ukraine: Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former president of Latvia, speaks about recent developments in Ukraine and other Eastern European nations. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Honoring conservation: Ali Shaibu Shekue, an elder in Kenya's fishing community who helped establish a marine-protected area and curb poaching, will receive a $10,000 prize from Berkeley-based Seacology. [6 p.m., David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Robot challenge: Patent attorney and former electrical engineer Kevin Roe speaks about meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant and why robots can't repair the reactors. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

'Delish' recipes: Food blogger Jessica Merchant shares recipes from her latest book, "Seriously Delish." [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Prize-winning poetry: Joanne Diaz presents her new book of poetry, "My Favorite Tyrants," winner of the 2014 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Marley connection: Marlon James' latest book, "A Brief History of Seven Killings," is a fictionalized account of a 1976 assassination attempt on reggae singer Bob Marley. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Lights out at Stick exhibit: "Lights Out at the Stick," an exhibit looking back at four decades of baseball and football at Candlestick Park, ends its run. [9 a.m.-8 p.m., Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Film fest: "Queer Shorts at SF State" commemorates the 25th annual National Coming Out Day with LGBT-related shorts from SFSU faculty and alumni. [5 p.m., Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

S.F. fashion: Union Square SF is presenting its second Fall Fashion Fest, with special shows, pop-ups, discounts and more benefiting Glide Memorial. [5-10 p.m., Union Square, S.F.]

Rap showcase: "Hip-Hop Queens: From Oaxaca to the Bay" showcases feminist rappers and poets. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.] Chinatown on film: "Chan is Missing," a 1982 film by "Joy Luck Club" director Wayne Wang, follows two cabbies on a shadowy mission in San Francisco's Chinatown. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Throwback Thursday: Soulful singer Lauren Bjelde fronts San Francisco-based Royal Jelly, which plays an old-school mix of gypsy soul and horn-blowing swing. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

SF Aerial Dance Festival: The show features performances by Flyaway Productions and BANDALOOP, and a new work by emerging choreographer Chelsea O Riley. [8 p.m., Zaccho Studio, 1777 Yosemite Ave., #330, S.F.]

NightLife at the Academy: "Sharktoberfest" is the theme of this week's NightLife, featuring a pop-up beer garden, shark exhibits and a Q&A with a survivor of a real shark attack. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F.]

Language documentary: Bay Area filmmaker Anita Chang appears at a screening of her documentary, "Tongues of Heaven," which deals with efforts to save endangered languages around the world. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Headliner Willie Barcena has performed on "The Tonight Show" several times and performed for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. [8 p.m., 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Stand-up comedy: Mitch Fatel, who has appeared on "Late Show With David Letterman" and his own Comedy Central special, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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