Worth a Look: South Asian films, a design competition and more

This week's A&E highlights

This week, catch the San Francisco South Asian Film Festival in Palo Alto, enter a bike rack design competition for the City of Los Altos and hear Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks discuss her new novel, "The Secret Chord."


South Asian Film Fest

From India to Pakistan to Sri Lanka, the San Francisco South Asian Film Festival presented by 3rd i brings movies from South Asia and the diaspora to Palo Alto's CineArts Theatre, 3000 El Camino Real, on Sunday, Nov. 1. Don't just think Bollywood; the festival incorporates everything from cult classics and independent art-house films to documentaries and features. Among the selections playing in Palo Alto this year are "A Thin Wall," a documentary about the 1947 partition of India and subsequent violence and displacement, and "Jai Ho," which takes a look at the musician A.R.Rahman, the so-called "Mozart of Madras" who composed the soundtrack to "Slumdog Millionaire." Film screenings begin at noon. Tickets are $10 per film, or $38 for all four films (available online only). For tickets go to goo.gl/oL16bX. For more information, go to thirdi.org.


Race against PH

Pulmonary hypertension -- a rare lung disorder -- affects people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. This Sunday, Nov. 1, Stanford University hosts the annual Race against PH, a 5K fun run and walk to raise awareness of the disease and funding for medical research. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Pac 12 Plaza, Galvez St. and Nelson Road. Registration is $15-$35. Go to goo.gl/BcZYaR or call 800-640-9255.


'The Secret Chord'

It's no secret: On Monday, Nov. 2, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will appear at Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, to discuss her new novel, "The Secret Chord," which centers on the life of King David. Her talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10-$40. Go to goo.gl/FYuqQv or call 650-324-4321.



What's better than stimulating art and conversation? Art, conversation and caffeine, of course. On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., environmentalist and educator Will Travis will give a free talk at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, about climate change and sea-level rise in the Bay Area. Peet's Coffee & Tea will be served. Go to goo.gl/if4RHE or call 650-329-2366.


Basket sale

This Sunday, Nov. 1, head to Palo Alto's United Nations Gift Shop at 552 Emerson St. for a great selection of handmade baskets in time for the holiday season. Among the handmade, fair-trade baskets for sale are Namibian palm, Zulu wire and Swazi sisal baskets as well as those made by the Wounaan tribe in Panama. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go to unamidpen.org or call 650-326-3170.


Bike rack design competition

Love bicycles? Got a flair for design? The city of Los Altos is seeking imaginative entries for its bike rack design competition. The deadline is Monday, Nov. 23, and racks will be installed by mid-May 2016, in time for National Bike to Work Week. Go to goo.gl/mxx2lO or call 650-947-2720.

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