PICK OF THE DAY
By the book
Globe film critic Wesley Morris moderates the Boston Book Festival “Page to Screen” kick-off event. Writers who will discuss the process of having their work made into films include Buzz Bissinger (“Friday Night Lights”), Rachel Cohn (“Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist”), Nick Flynn (“Another Bullshit Night in Suck City”/”Being Flynn”), and Daniel Handler (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”). Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Oct. 27 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.). Free ($15 and up for Oct. 26 Page to Screen panel discussion at Old South Church; $10 for Oct. 27 Keynote at Old South Church from 6-7 p.m.). In and around Copley Square, Boston. www.bostonbookfest.org
Then and now
Sadly, genocide didn’t end with World War II, and Roxbury Repertory Theater drives that point home with its production of Wendy Kesselman’s adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Each performance features a story by a survivor of genocide from the Holocaust, Rwanda, or Darfur. 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. (through Nov. 3). $10, $5 students and seniors. Mainstage at Roxbury Community College, 1234 Columbus Ave., Roxbury. 617-541-5380. www.rccmainstage.com
Buy, buy, buy
Commercials are often as good (or better) than the TV shows, and the proof is in the watching at “The Art and Technique of the American Commercial.” Included are commercials for Target, Chipotle, Nissan, Heineken, Sony, Nike, Levi Strauss & Co., HBO, ESPN, FedEx, Kia, Google, and Chrysler. 7 p.m. $12, $6 students. The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3103. www.icaboston.org
In 1974, portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman published “Elsa’s Housebook: A Woman’s Photojournal,” a collection of photos of guests to her Cambridge home in the late ’60s and early ’70s. Luminaries in the book include Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky. Dorfman and friends in the collection will talk about the book which is now printed on Paige M. Gutenborg, Harvard Book Store’s on-demand book-printing machine. 7 p.m. Free. Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
Independence for all
“Luminaris” opens the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) which is dedicated to eliminating stereotypes, encouraging intercultural understanding, and promoting the work of independent filmmakers. More than 60 films from more than 14 countries work for the causes. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:45 screening. $10, $80 festival pass (opening/closing receptions and panel discussions are free; through Oct. 28). Northeastern University’s John O’Bryant African-American Institute, 40 Leon St., Boston (see website for screenings at Harvard’s Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies). www.bliff.org
Unlike the BLIFF, Shudderfest celebrates the macabre in the indie film world. All Things Horror presents two fright nights including Friday’s “I Am a Ghost,” “American Mary,” and “Murder University.” Are you scared yet? Oct. 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. $9, $6 seniors. Somerville Theatre, 55 Davis Sq., Somerville. 617-625-5700. www.allthingshorroronline.net
Duet, just do it
Dogs celebrate Halloween too, so dress up the pooch and yourself for the Canine Promenade on the Esplanade. In addition to the half-mile parade, this benefit for the Charles River Esplanade includes a costume contest with prizes for best costume and best duet (human/dog). Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. (registration at 10:45 a.m.). $10. Fielder Field, Charles River Esplanade, Boston. 617-227-0365, ext. 103.