September 17: Sometimes at the Utah and other SF events 

click to enlarge Charlotte Sometimes, fan favorite on NBC's "The Voice," appears on her "Brilliant, Broke, and Beautiful Tour" at Hotel Utah.
  • Charlotte Sometimes, fan favorite on NBC's "The Voice," appears on her "Brilliant, Broke, and Beautiful Tour" at Hotel Utah.

Who's in town

Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty, drawing on his extensive experience in the fields of pathology and immunology, discusses pandemics, how they spread, and what we can do to prevent them. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Douglas Foster: The journalism professor and author of "After Mandela" discusses the post-Mandela generation of South Africans, in whose name the liberation struggle was fought. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Christine Stoner-Mertz: The Lincoln Child Center CEO reveals steps to turn a traditional child-serving institutional organization into a community-responsive venture. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

A. Scott Berg: The award-winning biographer discusses Woodrow Wilson, with a focus on the 28th president's private side. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Bryan Smith: The National Geographic filmmaker shares behind-the-scenes moments from his worldwide assignments to document extreme feats and high adventure. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Peter Schwartz: The professional futurist, a participant in the "100-Year Starship" project, presents visions of a future where humans can travel beyond the solar system. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.; www.longnow.org]

Literary events

Ray Kurzweil: The futurist theorist and inventor discusses "How to Create a Mind." [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Spencer Quinn: The mystery-novel writer discusses "The Sound and the Furry." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Constitution Day discussion: Panelists discuss civil liberties and national security. Speakers include Daniel Ellsberg and Matthew Cagle. [Noon, Room 587, Humanities Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Medicare workshop: Medicare solutions specialist Joe D'Aura gives an overview of Medicare and Medicaid and answers questions. [11 a.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Computer class: The session covers 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.]

Indie POP

Charlotte Sometimes, fan favorite on NBC's "The Voice," appears on her "Brilliant, Broke, and Beautiful Tour." [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 800 Fourth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Charity walk: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts its Light the Night Walk. Walkers carry balloons to honor loved ones lost to cancer and to support blood-cancer research. [5 p.m., AT&T Park, Pier 48, S.F.; www.lightthenight.org/sf]

Benefit bash: San Francisco's Sunday Streets event celebrates its fifth anniversary with a fundraising bash featuring food, entertainment and VIP guests. [6 to 10 p.m., Cityview at Metreon, 135 Fourth St., S.F.]

Rock musical: Custom Made Theatre Co. presents an intimately staged production of "Next to Normal," the Tony-winning musical play about mental illness and family. [8 p.m., Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

Hog & Rocks: Ham, oysters and creative American dishes are on chef Robin Song's the menu at this Mission district spot. The roasted pork is recommended today. It is served with summer corn, nectarine and arugula. [3431 19th St., S.F.; (415) 550-8627]

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