August 12: Black Irish Texas and other S.F. events 

Who's in town

Rock, punk, and folk singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman performs at the Make-Out Room, with Tommy Larkin on drums. [7 p.m., 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Lectures

Peter Gleick: The cofounder of the Pacific Institute discusses the institute's efforts to protect the natural world and examines how water policies can affect global conflicts. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Joshua Kendall: The author of "America's Obsessives" provides an anecdote-filled examination of the link between greatness and quirky behavior. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Rebecca Katz: The Healing Kitchens Institute founder highlights foods that research indicates can fight common chronic conditions. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; sold out; a wait list is available. www.commonwealthclub.org]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council's International Forum holds its August discussion. "Immigration Reform in the United States: Can It Be Done?" is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literaray events

Left Coast Writers: "Our Favorite Travel Writers" is the theme of the group's August gathering. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book discussion: "Some Danger Involved," the debut novel of Will Thomas, is discussed at this meeting led by Mechanics' Institute members. Drop-ins are welcome. [Noon, Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Exit laughing: Summer film series has an "Apocalyptic Comedy" theme. "In Bruges," directed by Martin McDonagh, screens today. [7 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, Stanford]

Art exhibit: "As We Are Now," a group exhibit of audio-visual work exploring the construction of home and identity, opens. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Conversational English: The library's Conversational English Language Group, for non-native-speaking adults wishing to strengthen their English conversation skills, meets. [3 p.m., Main Library, Paley room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, applying for jobs, and searching online for work. Bring a flash drive. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

CD-release show

Black Irish Texas, an Austin-based band with an Americana and Irish sound, performs a show celebrating its debut CD, "To Hell With the King." [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Australian band: San Cisco, an indie-pop band from Australia, brings its North America tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Teen tale: "The Spectacular Now," director James Ponsoldt's Sundance-honored film about two teens confronting love and adulthood, has opened in town. [Century San Francisco Centre 9, (415) 538-3456; Sundance Kabuki, (415) 346-3243]

Sailing races: The 2013 America's Cup sailing races continue at the waterfront. Louis Vuitton Cup semifinal events are on the slate. [Piers 27/29, S.F.; www.americascup.com]

Royal Exchange: Owner Mike O'Brien serves American, San Francisco, and pub-style fare at this sports bar and restaurant. The "Black and Blue Steak Salad" is highlighted. Ingredients include blackened-beef tender steak, crisp greens, julienned carrots, cherry tomatoes, avocado, applewood bacon and crumbled-blue-cheese dressing. Also recommended: the chimuchurri steak sandwich. [301 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 956-1710]

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