‘Comedy Returns to El Rio’ with Shazia Mirza and more 

click to enlarge Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the May edition of “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Shazia Mirza, Marga Gomez Jeff Applebaum, Brendan Lynch and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the May edition of “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Shazia Mirza, Marga Gomez Jeff Applebaum, Brendan Lynch and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor.

Who’s in town

Stephen Rapp
, ambassador at large for the Department of State’s Office of Global Criminal Justice, discusses how the United States can further accountability for mass atrocities and crimes against humanity. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

‘Week to Week’:
Panelists offer informative and fun commentary on the week’s news. Political analyst Larry Gerston and the Huffington Post’s Carly Schwartz take part. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: The session connects Kant’s idea of the sublime with Mozart’s musical expression of the sublime. Guests include attorney and violist Steven Machtinger. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary

‘Bee-In’:
The event, benefiting Small Press Distributions, includes food, an auction and a spelling bee featuring literary folk. Spellers include Cara Black, Joshua Mohr and others. [6:30 p.m., Crown Point Gallery, 20 Hawthorne St., S.F.]

Sally Van Slyke: The Bay Area caterer talks about “Wild Thymes: Catering to the Egos of the Hollywood Elite.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Left Coast Writers: Editor Lindy Hough presents the essay collection “Wondrous Child: The Joys and Challenges of Grandparenting.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Glen Fukushima:
The Japan-based business leader and former U.S. public servant discusses U.S. relations with East Asia. [5:45 p.m.,  Fromm Hall, USF, Parker and Golden Gate avenues, S.F.]

Master class: Double-bass player Timothy Cobb conducts a session for music students. Featured composers include Bach, Beethoven, Mahler and Mozart. [2 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

John Perry:
The co-host of the radio show “Philosophy Talk” discusses free will and defends the ideas of philosopher David Hume. [4 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-5666]

‘Barn Talk’: Hillbarn Theatre series looks at top stage works and their creators, themes and characters. Today’s program: “The Zany Career of Mel Brooks.” [7 p.m., Foster City Library, 1000 Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Movies

Pressure pointes:
“First Position,” a documentary following six young dancers as they prepare for a chance to enter the professional ballet world, is showing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

Local activities

Comedy show:
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents the May edition of “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Shazia Mirza, Marga Gomez Jeff Applebaum, Brendan Lynch and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Small-Business Week: “Flavors of San Francisco” kicks off a week of special events. The gala features food from local eateries and a chance to meet small-business and community figures. [5:30 p.m., Metreon, 101 Fourth St., S.F.]

Opera night: The “Music at Meyer” series hosts its 2012 closing-night gala. Young talents from the San Francisco Opera Adler Fellowship training program perform. [7:30 p.m., Temple Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Benefit cabaret:
Sean Ray and friends appear in “No Day But Today,” the 10th annual “Cabaret to Fight AIDS.” It benefits Project Open Hand. Donna Sachet hosts the show. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining out

Isa:
The eatery serves elegant California and French cuisine. The potato-wrapped sea bass — with capers, Fresno peppers, parsley, tomato confit, brown butter and lemon — is recommended. [3324 Steiner St., S.F.; (415) 567-9588]

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