September 10: The San Francisco Fringe Festival and other events 

click to enlarge Indie and edgy theater is on the bill at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Today’s shows include “O Best Beloved” (9 p.m.), a musical play based on Kipling’s “Just So Stories.” - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Indie and edgy theater is on the bill at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Today’s shows include “O Best Beloved” (9 p.m.), a musical play based on Kipling’s “Just So Stories.”

Who's in town

Indie-rock and folk-rock singer-songwriter Neko Case performs at the Warfield. [8 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Syria town hall: Speakers discuss the crisis in Syria and the pros and cons of U.S. military action there. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Michael H. Armacost: The professor and former U.S. diplomat discusses the Obama administration's "pivot to Asia" and how the policy is progressing. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: The evening features a panel of political journalists commenting on current events, plus an audience discussion and a news quiz. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Laura Ackley: The architectural historian is the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society's September lecturer. The Panama-Pacific International Exposition is the topic of her talk. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Literary events

Laurie R. King: The novelist launches her latest thriller, "The Bones of Paris." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Andrew Sean Greer: The novelist talks about "The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells." [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 393-0100]

Mitchell S. Jackson: The debut novelist talks about "The Residue Years." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Gene Yang: The graphic-novel author and illustrator celebrates the release of "Boxers and Saints." [5 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Tom Strala: The Switzerland-based furniture architect discusses his work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Computer class: The session covers the computer basics, including setting up an email account, using a word processor and exploring the Internet. [1:15 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bicycle documentary: The program features a screening of "With My Own Two Wheels," a documentary film about the bicycle as a vehicle for change. A talk follows. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Cajun blues

Guitarist and singer-songwriter Tab Benoit, whose music reflects his Louisiana roots and the Cajun music tradition, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Curtain callings: Indie and edgy theater is on the bill at the San Francisco Fringe Festival. Today's shows include "O Best Beloved" (9 p.m.), a musical play based on Kipling's "Just So Stories." [Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.; www.sffringe.org]

Funny girls: "Curves and Cupcakes," a comedy tour with an all-female lineup, comes to San Francisco. Featured comics include Lilybeth Helson, Nina G and Priya Prasad. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Esperpento: The garlic shrimp and the salmon strips are recommended seafood tapas. Highlighted vegetable tapas include the asparagus a la plancha and the spicy potatoes. [3295 22nd St., S.F.; (415) 282-8867]

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