• Author: Vendela Vida
Tonight (Aug. 11) at 7 p.m., Vendela Vida gives a free talk about her new novel, "The Lovers." The book follows a widow confronting her memories on a journey to Turkey. The event is at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park. Call 650-324-4321 or go to keplers.com.
• Music: California Beach Boys
The tribute band California Beach Boys plays a free concert tonight (Aug. 11) from 6 to 8 p.m. The show is in Stafford Park at King Street and Hopkins Avenue in Redwood City. Go to redwoodcity.org.