September 11: Jimmy Cliff, Earth, Wind & Fire and more 

Who's in town

Award-winning author Mary Kay Zuravleff talks about her new novel, "Man Alive!" [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

Women's rights: Speakers from Human Rights Watch explore the impact of political transitions on the position of women in the Middle East. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jerry Sorkin: The North Africa and Middle East expert discusses what has made Tunisia's revolution different from other revolutions in the region. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Consul General Luncheon Series: Mauro Battocchi, Italy's consul general in San Francisco, gives a talk titled "Italy in 2013: Snapshot of a European Country in Transition." [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Mary Eileen Williams: The job-search specialist and author of "Land the Job You Love" provides strategies for job seekers who are over 50. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chris Carlsson: The local historian and tour guide discusses the Bay Bridge and how it has changed over time. Shaping San Francisco presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz percussionist conducts the final session in a six-Wednesday "Discover Jazz" series. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Carl Hayes: The local author reads from "Loaded Stories: Memories and Tales of Fathers, 1970s California, and Other Complications," his memoir. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Danny Bland: The Seattle musician reads from "In Case We Die," his debut novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Post-9/11 forum: The 12th annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs addresses global concerns on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. [3 p.m., Room 270, Science Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Opera lecture: A musicologist from the San Francisco Opera Guild discusses the upcoming production of "Dolores Claiborne" by Tobias Picker. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Public schools: Public Engagement for Public Schools gives a report on what San Franciscans said during months of dialogue about building support for our schools. [2 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room B, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Reggae star

Jamaican reggae and ska artist Jimmy Cliff performs at the Fillmore. "Many Rivers to Cross," "The Harder They Come" and "Sitting in Limbo" are some of his hit songs. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

EWF concert: Earth, Wind & Fire, playing music since the late 1960s, performs in San Francisco. "Now, Then & Forever" is the new LP by the R&B-and-beyond group. [8 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Comedy show: KO Comedy, featuring comics Kabir Singh and Sammy K. Obeid (a professional gambler and a UC Berkeley graduate, respectively), returns to the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Troya Mediterranean Kitchen: Popular entrees include the moussaka and the beyti. The kebabs, too, are recommended. Chicken, lamb and ahi tuna kebabs are available. [349 Clement St., S.F.; (415) 379-6000]

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