Folk-pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton performs at the Great American Music Hall. 

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Who’s in town

Best-selling novelist Ridley Pearson reads from his new thriller, “The Risk Agent.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

Rami Khouri: The journalist analyzes the complexities of Syria, exploring three domestic and international conflicts. The lecture is scheduled to be webcast nationally. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Humanitarian law: Speakers discuss international humanitarian law (also known as the law of war) and how it intersects with technology-driven warfare. [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Andres McConnon and Aili McConnon: The authors of “Road to Valor” talk about famed cyclist Gino Bartali, who secretly helped Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book celebration: The evening celebrates the publication of “Notes From a Revolution: Com/co, the Diggers and the Haight.” The event includes a panel discussion and special guests. [6:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Carlos Aldama and Umi Vaughan: The Afro-Cuban drummer and his student celebrate the release of “Carlos Aldama’s Life in Bata: Cuba, Diaspora and the Drum.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Francis Tapon: The travel writer talks about “The Hidden Europe: What Eastern Europeans Can Teach Us.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Book discussion: The Central S.F. Classic Lit Book Club discusses “Madame Bovary” by Gustave Flaubert. [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers market: The weekly market features fresh California-grown produce. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACC Breezeway, UC San Francisco, 400 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Neighborhood history: The Bernal History Group invites people to discuss and share information about the history of the Bernal Heights neighborhood. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Book discussion: The Noe Valley Book Discussion Group talks about “Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson. [7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Local activities

Geek troubadour

Folk-pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton, who writes humorous songs about geek culture, performs at the Great American Music Hall. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Durst case scenarios: Political satirist Will Durst, whose career includes multiple forms of media commentary and more than 800 TV appearances, talks about his life and work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LGBT cinema: Frameline 36, the 2012 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, continues. Today’s films include “Keep the Lights On,” a drama by Ira Sachs at 6:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F. [11 a.m. onward, multiple sites; www.frameline.org]

Cabaret artist: Broadway performer and cabaret entertainer Sharon McNight presents “Men of Note,” a show featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Randy Newman and others. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining Out

Zazie: “Canard Piallat” is recommended today at this neighborhood French bistro. The dish consists of crispy duck leg served with haricots verts and warm fingerling-potato salad. [941 Cole St., S.F.; (415) 564-5332]

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