August 28: Heart and other S.F. events 

Who's in town

Author Sarah J. Maas talks about "Crown of Midnight," the latest young-adult novel in her "Throne of Glass" series. [7 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Lectures

Physician shortage: Speakers discuss the primary-care doctor shortage that is expected to occur in the upcoming years and how it should be handled. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ocean sustainability: Speakers address how entrepreneurs and investors are coming together to develop ways to empower coastal communities and preserve ocean biodiversity. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz percussionist conducts a session in a six-Wednesday "Discover Jazz" series. "The Spirit of the Drum" is the theme. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Tara Duggan: The food writer talks about "Root to Stalk Cooking: The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable." [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Book group: The Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club discusses "The Left Hand of Darkness" by Ursula K. Le Guin. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art and nature: The ideas of John Muir and the art of William Keith, Carleton Watkins and Eadweard Muybridge come together in the exhibit "In Nature's Temple." [Noon to 8 p.m., USF, Thacher Gallery, Gleeson Library, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Museums

Tour: Curator Marc D'Estout gives a free tour of the exhibitions "Holly Lane: Carving Allegories" and "Good Design: Stories From Herman Miller" at the Museum of Craft and Design. [12:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

At the public library

Gary Kamiya: The locally based writer and Salon.com co-founder talks about "Cool Gray City of Love." [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Session offers K-8 students assistance with homework assignments, test preparation and language and math improvement. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Rock band

The hard-rock band Heart, featuring lead singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson, performs at the America's Cup Pavilion. [7 p.m., between Piers 27 and 29, S.F.]

Local activities

Funny femmes: The Romane Event Comedy Show presents "Ladies Night." Marga Gomez, Mary-Alice McNab, Colleen Watson, Clare O'Kane and Kate Willett supply the humor. [8 p.m., Make Out Room 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Andean music: Flute master Oscar Reynolds, known for his ability to play the Bolivian pan flutes and guitar simultaneously, performs in Union Square. [12:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Vocalist and composer: Shelley Hirsh, whose works include solo compositions, staged multimedia works, improvisations and radio plays, performs at Meridian Gallery. [7:30 p.m., 535 Powell St., S.F.]

Range: Chef Rachel Sillcocks creates seasonal California fare reflecting Mediterranean influences at this Mission District restaurant. The summer beans with radicchio, roasted cherry tomatoes, and smoked ricotta are a highlighted appetizer today. In the entree category, the olive-oil-poached petrale sole with Nardello peppers, butter beans and salsa verde is new and recommended. [842 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 282-8283]

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