Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents ‘Comedy Returns to El Rio’ 

click to enlarge Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Josh Healey, Joe Klocek, Regina Stoops, Johan Miranda, Shanti Charan, pictured, and Lisa Geduldig are July’s comics. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Josh Healey, Joe Klocek, Regina Stoops, Johan Miranda, Shanti Charan, pictured, and Lisa Geduldig are July’s comics.

Who’s in town

Rajiv Chandrasekaran
gives a behind-the-scenes account of the struggle between President Barack Obama and the military to reconstruct Afghanistan. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

David Blake:
The NASA research scientist talks about the Mars Science Laboratory mission. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 379-8000]

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: Suzanne Guerlac, professor of French literature, discusses philosopher Henri Bergson, who asked people to think not only about time, but in time. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Left Coast Writers:
Playwright and poet Carol Sheldon talks about her debut novel, “Mother Lode.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Stephanie Lucianovic: The writer and food blogger talks about “Suffering Succotash.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Philip Hackett’s Poets Gallery welcomes poets Julia Vinograd  and Jan Steckel. The evening includes an open-mic session. [6:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 432 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The Broken Compass Adventure Book Club discusses “Voyage for Madmen” by Peter Nichols. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Shepard salute:
“Shepard on Screen,” a series celebrating playwright-screenwriter-actor Sam Shepard’s contributions to film, begins. [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Tai chi session:
Adults and teens are invited to participate in the one-hour workshop class. [10 a.m., San Carlos Public Library, 610 Elm St., San Carlos]

Drop-in chess: Players of all ages and levels are welcome; instruction is provided. [6 p.m., Millbrae Public Library, 1 Library Ave., Millbrae]

Local activities

Comedy show:
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Josh Healey, Joe Klocek, Regina Stoops, Johan Miranda, Shanti Charan and Lisa Geduldig are July’s comics. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Summer music: People in Plazas, a series of free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes Coelho and Ridnell, a duo that plays Brazilian music. [Noon, 101 California St., S.F.]

Community concert:
Redwood City’s Downtown Jazz series welcomes Primary Colors, a jazz and blues act featuring vocalist Nate Pruitt and guitarist Rick Vandivier. [6 to 8 p.m., 2600 block of Broadway, Redwood City]

LaborFest:
The Labor festival, with San Francisco City Guides, hosts a Chinatown walk focusing on Chinese labor history in California. [10 a.m.; Portsmouth Square, Washington Street side, near elevator at Kearny Street, S.F.]

Picnic feast:
SF Chefs’ Dinner Party Project presents a “Modern American Picnic” created by local chefs. Partial proceeds benefit the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture. [6 p.m.; details/RSVP (required): www.sfchefsfoodwine.com]

Dining out

Cupola Pizzeria:
The menu includes a Zucca pizza, a new summer item. Mascarpone is the featured cheese on this pizza, along with squash blossom, zucchini, mint and almond. [845 Market St., fourth floor, S.F.; (415) 896-5600]

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