Comedian Mark Zhang performs at the Punch Line 

click to enlarge Stand-up comedy: Comedian Mark Zhang, aka Zhangster, of Cocky Asians fame, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Stand-up comedy: Comedian Mark Zhang, aka Zhangster, of Cocky Asians fame, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Who’s in town

Award-winning Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka reads from his new novel, “The Legend of Pradeep Mathew.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

Roger Thurow: The global-agriculture expert talks about the “hunger cycles” experienced by farmers in Africa and discusses how farmers are striving to increase harvests. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jody Ranck: The global-health analyst and author of “Connected Health” discusses how technology is revolutionizing health care. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Marilyn and Michael Lucas: The founding members of the San Francisco History Association speak at the SFHA’s monthly meeting. The Summer of Love is their topic. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Jennifer M. Scarce: The Islamic-art educator gives a talk titled “Revival and Innovation: Techniques and Themes in the Tilework of the Tehran Nasiruddin Shah (1848-1896).” [Noon, Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Art and agriculture: Local farmers discuss small-scale farming, localized art projects and the role of community engagement in their work. [1 p.m., Museum of Craft and Folk Art, 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Literary events

D.A. Powell and Catherine Brady: Poet Powell (“Useless Landscape, or a Guide for Boys”) and fiction writer Brady (“Curled in the Bed of Love”) share their work. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Alice LaPlante: The fiction writer (“Turn of Mind”) appears in conversation with author Sarah Ladipo Manyika (“In Dependence”). The event is part of Litquake’s “Epicenter” series. [7 p.m., Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

War propaganda: Exhibit, titled “The Battle for Hearts and Minds,” features posters and other World War II-era propaganda. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Herbert Hoover Memorial Exhibit Pavilion, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library
‘Freedom Voices Reading’: Evening features vital storytelling, activist art and prize-winning poetry. Participants include author  Art Hazelwood. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Musical storyteller: Asheba, a musical storyteller from Trinidad specializing in calypso, performs a program for children of all ages. [11 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Latin dance music
Los Compas, an orchestra specializing in pan-Latin dance music, performs at Hallidie Plaza. [Noon, Powell and Market streets, S.F.]

Local activities
Stand-up comedy: Comedian Mark Zhang, aka Zhangster, of Cocky Asians fame, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

‘Lines and Lyrics’: Litquake program contains poetry and music. Featured poets include Dean Rader and Rebecca Black. Carolyna Picknick provides original folk music. [12:30 p.m., Jessie Square, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Blues band: Blues guitarist Daniel Castro performs with his band. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining Out
Destino: The chile relleno, with ground sirloin, farmhouse cheddar, chipotle salsa and citrus creme fraiche, is a popular dish. Also recommended: the cornmeal biscuits with pork belly. [1815 Market St., S.F.; (415) 552-4451]

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