September 24: India.Arie and other SF events 

Who's in town

Best-selling author Terry McMillan talks about her new novel, "Who Asked You?" [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Richard Wolffe: The executive editor of MSNBC.com and author of "The Message: The Reselling of President Obama" tells the story of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Kenneth Pollack: The former CIA analyst explores Iran's nuclear capabilities, the complex U.S.-Iranian relationship and potential options for U.S. policymakers. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

'Changing Shores': Art and science panel discusses what the Bay's past can tell us about the Bay's future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book awards: Evening features readings and conversation with current Northern California Book Awards winners and finalists. [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 393-0100]

Colin McAdam: The novelist talks about "A Beautiful Truth." [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Robin Sloan: The debut novelist and former Twitter executive talks about "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore." [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Steven Koblik: The author and scholar discusses "The Stones Cry Out: Sweden's Response to the Persecution of the Jews, 1933-1945." [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 292-1233]

At the colleges

Andy Bichlbaum: The co-founder of the Yes Men, an association that highlights institutional corruption by hijacking the media and posing as the rich and powerful, speaks. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Rinko Kawauchi: The Tokyo-based photographer, whose images are characterized by a serene, poetic style, discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Book discussion: Panel discusses Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" and whether the events described in the dystopian novel could actually happen here. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Family crafts: Session, for children of all ages and their families, shows how to make colorful Mexican paper flowers. [4 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Singer-songwriter

Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter India.Arie brings her tour in support of her fifth studio album, "SongVersation," to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

Comedy show: Comedian Conor Kellicutt, seen at numerous comedy clubs and in the film "Blue Jasmine," performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Founding fatherhood: American Conservatory Theater presents director Frank Galati's new staging of "1776," the musical play about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. [7 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Trattoria Da Vittorio: Chef-owner Vittorio D'Urzo serves Italian fare, including recipes from his mother, Francesca, and dishes recalling the cuisine of Italy's Calabria region. He recommends tThe Calabrese pizza is recommended. Its ingredients include sopressata, tomato sauce and buffalo mozzarella. Also highlighted are the lasagna, the eggplant Parmigiana and the current lamb-shank special. [150 West Portal Ave., S.F.; (415) 742-0300]

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