Sept. 10: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and other SF events 

click to enlarge Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are using music to spread their message of peace.
  • Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are using music to spread their message of peace.
Who’s in town

Best-selling novelist James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”) speaks about his new book, a gritty tale that unfolds after Pearl Harbor, with Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Social change: Filmmaker James Redford and Tabitha Jackson of the Sundance Institute speak about documentary films’ potential for social change. [7:45 p.m., Outdoor Art Club, 1 West Blithedale Ave., Mill Valley]

Literary events

True crime travel: Bay Area native Carl Russo speaks about “The Sicilian Mafia: A True Crime Travel Guide,” which traces the villages where the godfathers lived and the cemeteries where their victims are buried. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

‘Deep North’: Australian author, filmmaker and Rhodes scholar Richard Flanagan speaks about his new novel, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Dog book: Linda Gray Sexton launches her memoir “Bespotted: My Family’s Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmations.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Steinbeck talk: “Kite Runner” author Khaled Hosseini speaks about the impact of John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” with radio host Pat Thurston. [7:30 p.m., Student Union, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square, San Jose]

At the public library

Architecture documentary: “Oyler House,” about a Richard Neutra-designed desert home, screens in the 2014 Architecture and the City festival. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Game night: Strike up a game of Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit and more at Game Night. [6:30 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Education lecture: USF School of Education Dean Kevin Kumashiro speaks about art’s role in improving education and advancing social justice. [6:30 p.m., McLaren Conference Center, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Film talk: Robert Marianetti and David Wachtenheim, the filmmakers behind “Hotel Transylvania 2” speak about their beginnings in New York and how they create films that can resonate worldwide. [7 p.m., Room 101, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Museum milestone: SFMOMA is celebrating its future as builders “top out” the central beam that will be the highest point in the 235,000-square-foot building expansion project. A free celebration features live music, food trucks, guest speakers and more. [Noon-2 p.m., Jessie Square, Mission Street between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

Folk rocker: Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall is performing music from his latest album, “Chapter of the Forest,” and more. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Art and crime: Artist Jassamyn Lovell shares grimy details about the real-life crook who stole her art — and identity. [Noon-5 p.m., SF Camerawork, 1011 Market St., S.F.]

World music

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars are using music to spread their message of peace. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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