Comedian Andy Borowitz appears at the Herbst Theater 

click to enlarge Satirical comedian: Comedian, writer and satirist Andy Borowitz, creator of the Borowitz Report, appears in an onstage conversation presented by City Arts and Lectures. (Getty Images file photo) - SATIRICAL COMEDIAN: COMEDIAN, WRITER AND SATIRIST ANDY BOROWITZ, CREATOR OF THE BOROWITZ REPORT, APPEARS IN AN ONSTAGE CONVERSATION PRESENTED BY CITY ARTS AND LECTURES. (GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
  • Satirical comedian: Comedian, writer and satirist Andy Borowitz, creator of the Borowitz Report, appears in an onstage conversation presented by City Arts and Lectures. (Getty Images file photo)
  • Satirical comedian: Comedian, writer and satirist Andy Borowitz, creator of the Borowitz Report, appears in an onstage conversation presented by City Arts and Lectures. (Getty Images file photo)

Who’s in town

Actor John Lithgow talks about “Drama,” his autobiography. [7:30 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

Lectures

Joseph Cirincione:
The Ploughshares Fund president discusses how the U.S. should address nuclear terrorism and the unstable economic and political dynamics in the Middle East. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Lewis: The executive director of Save the Bay talks about current threats to San Francisco Bay and how to protect and restore this natural resource. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Supporting veterans: Speakers discuss how our community can unite to support U.S. military veterans. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Arts meeting: The San Francisco International Arts Festival invites artists and arts groups to a meeting on how artists can coordinate activities around the America’s Cup event. [Noon, Room 1185, Flood Building, 870 Market St., S.F.; RSVP: info@sfiaf.org]

John Kriken: The urban-design architect talks about the building of livable and sustainable environments in Asian cities. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Steven Palumbi: The Stanford University professor gives a talk titled “The Life and Death of Monterey Bay.” [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Book-release party:
The evening, with co-authors Amy Sonnie and James Tracy, celebrates the release of “Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarborough: The authors of “Lobsters Scream When You Boil Them and 100 Other Myths About Cooking” host food trivia games. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885-A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Environmental lecture:
Professor John Callaway gives a talk titled “Restoring Wetlands for Climate Change at Crissy Field and Beyond.” [7 p.m., USF Presidio Building, 920 Mason St., Presidio of S.F.]

At the public library

Book talk:
Jean Grant, author of “The Burning Veil,” discusses issues and controversies surrounding the wearing of the veil in both Saudi Arabia and the West. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Library tour: A tour of the Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor face-lift received by this Civic Center institution. [Noon, meet at information desk, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Candidate forum:
Featuring candidates for San Francisco sheriff. KQED’s Belva Davis moderates. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Russian music: Noontime Concerts’ October Russian Music Festival begins. Violinist Kay Stern and friends perform music by Tchaikovsky. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Library tour: A tour of the Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor face-lift received by this Civic Center institution. [Noon, meet at information desk, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Satirical comedian: Comedian, writer and satirist Andy Borowitz, creator of the Borowitz Report, appears in an onstage conversation presented by City Arts and Lectures. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Fior d’Italia:
Chef Gianni Audieri specializes in authentic Italian cuisine, and the linguine tutto mare — pasta with prawns, scallops, calamari, clams and mussels — is recommended today. The osso buco, too, is highlighted. The dish consists of veal shank braised in stock, carrots, celery, onion and citrus rind. It is served with polenta. [2237 Mason St., S.F.; (415) 986-1886]

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