August 20: DWNTWN and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Forbes Magazine publisher and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes discusses current threats to the dollar and the financial effects of abandoning the gold standard. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Geeky fun: Nerd Nite’s array of smart talks includes Brian Seitel on hearing loss, Sarah Cho on the science of surveys and Cameron Woodman on rescuing spacecraft from certain destruction. Alpha Bravo spins the soundtrack. [7 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.; sf.nerdnite.com]

Literary events

Tech novel: Author Andrew Dugas speaks about his new debut novel, “Sleepwalking in Paradise,” which is set in San Francisco’s first dot-com boom. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the public library

Dealing with dementia: Moonstone Geriatrics founder and President Mary Hulme shares tips for relating to dementia sufferers and staying connected. [6 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Start a food truck: Learn the basics of opening a food truck, including permits and city regulations, in a Black Business Month presentation. [6:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Neighborhood history: The Bernal History Group shares information on the neighborhood. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Devilish art: Works from Jackson Pollock, Rodin, Albrecht Dürer and more are on display in the debut of “Sympathy for the Devil: Satan, Sin, and the Underworld.” [11 a.m.–5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

Immigration talk: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s World Affairs Discussion Group contemplates issues surrounding immigration to the U.S. [1 p.m., SFSU downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

Mural talk: Learn the history of Coit Tower’s Depression-era murals in a free guided tour presented by San Francisco City Guides. [11 a.m., Coit Tower, 1 Telegraph Hill Blvd., S.F.]

Free concert: The Cartoon Jazz Orchestra performs as part of the “People in Plazas” series. [Noon, 1 Bush St., S.F.]

Turkish cinema: The free Turkish Film Festival continues with free screenings of Mehmet Bahadir Er’s “Love Me” (7 p.m.) and Kemal Uzun’s “Oh Brother.” (9 p.m.). [Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Comedy with a cause: A showcase of up-and-coming Bay Area comedians benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Pop show

Los Angeles synth-pop group DWNTWN plays songs from its eponymous latest EP and more. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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