The Israeli actor Chaim Topol has been known for decades for playing that singing milkman Tevye in the popular film version of "Fiddler on the Roof." Palo Alto audiences can get up close and personal with the 77-year-old Golden Globe winner in October, when he's scheduled to make guest appearances at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival.
On Oct. 19, Topol will speak during a tribute evening that also includes a reception and the showing of scenes from his films. He's also set to pop in on a sing-along screening of "Fiddler" the following evening. Other festival events will include an audience Q&A with actor Elliott Gould after a screening of his comedy "Dorfman in Love" on Nov. 17.
These events are at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way in Palo Alto; other festival screenings are being planned in San Jose and Campbell. For details, go to svjff.org or call 800-838-3006.
In the literary world, Kepler's Books continues its panoply of free author talks and readings. Upcoming events include a Sept. 20 evening of YA authors: Kendare Blake, Anna Carey, Michelle Gagnon and Stacey Jay Friday talking about antigoddesses, dystopian romance, sinister projects and blind princesses. Then local history is the topic of the night on Sept. 25, when Menlo Park author Nick Taylor, who teaches in the MFA writing program at San Jose State, speaks on his historical novel "Father Junipero's Confessor."
Kepler's is at 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. 650-324-4321, keplers.com
Books Arts Jam
Palo Alto's Jamila Rufaro has a Stanford Ph.D. in education and a passion for creating and altering books to make new works of art. Her style is sometimes architectural and sometimes steampunky; viewers can check out her creations and others at the annual book arts jam on Oct. 19. At the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. booksartsjam.org
Author talks on tap at the Palo Alto store this month: Anthony Marra ("A Constellation of Vital Phenomena") on Sept 17; John K. Landre ("On the Way: Growth and Transcendence of Personal Consciousness") on Sept. 18; Pam Withers ("Jump-Starting Boys") on Sept. 19. At Town & Country Village, 855 El Camino Real. 650-321-0600, booksinc.net
Le French Film Club
The next screening: "Ce Que Le Jour Doit A La Nuit," a 2012 Alexandre Arcady film set in Algeria, to be shown Sept. 20. Film nights are social, with French-themed refreshments. 555 Waverley St., Palo Alto. 408-761-8158, lefrenchfilmclub.org
Palo Alto International Film Festival
The festival which screened about 75 feature films and shorts last year is still planning its 2014 lineup. For details, keep an eye on paiff.net or @paiff on Twitter.
Silicon Valley African Film Festival
This short festival offers up feature films, shorts and works of animation in hopes of educating audiences about "the real Africa." Oct. 11-13 at the Community School of Music and Arts, 230 San Antonio Circle, Mountain View. 650-917-6800, arts4all.org
United Nations Association Film Festival
Now in its 16th year, the festival is scheduled for Oct. 12-27, with documentary screenings from various countries planned in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and San Francisco and at Stanford University. This year's theme is "Individual to Universal," covering such topics as cyberbullying, human trafficking and LGBT refugees. unaff.org