The Amstel Quartet performs at St. Mary’s Cathedral 

Who’s in town

Richard Louv
, a best-selling author, talks about his newest book, “The Nature Principle.” [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Howard Rheingold:
The author of “Net Smart” explores how we can use digital media so that it makes us empowered participants rather than passive receivers. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chris Martenson: The noted futurist talks about charting a course to prosperity through the coming turbulence. Tom Van Dyck, of RBC Wealth Management, also speaks. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

James Martin: The photojournalist and author of “The Islands of San Francisco Bay” is the speaker at the San Francisco History Association’s April meeting. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Mark Tatulli:
The cartoonist, whose creations include “Lio” and “Heart of the City,” talks about his comic strips. “Zombies Need Love Too” is his latest collection. [7 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Amelia Gray:
The novelist talks about “Threats.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Regina O’Melveny: The novelist talks about “The Book of Madness and Cures.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

A.J. Jacobs: The journalist presents “Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Human rights:
The 2012 San Francisco State University Human Rights Summit begins. Speakers, panels and performances address public health and human rights issues. [9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Cesar Chavez Student Center, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Bill German
: The Rolling Stones insider and author of “Under Their Thumb” discusses his ups and downs with the “world’s greatest rock ’n’ roll band.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Dog talk’: Kathy Brody from the San Francisco SPCA, joined by a pooch, discusses how to read canine body language and how to safely approach a dog. The program is for all ages. [4 p.m., Bayview Branch, 1601 Lane St., S.F.]

Local activities

Sax appeal:
The Amstel Quartet performs music by Mozart, Barber and Glazunov that has been transcribed for saxophone quartet. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Bay Area Dance Week: Choreographer Hope Mohr and painter Tracy Taylor Grubbs hold an open rehearsal for an installation performance. [1 p.m., Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th St., S.F.; www.bayareandw.org]

Indie rock: The East Coast indie-rock band Real Estate performs at the Great American Music Hall. “Days,” containing a suite of guitar-pop songs, is the group’s most recent album. [8 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Jill Bourque presents her “Jillarious Tuesdays” show. Local comics, with Bourque acting as headliner this week, take the stage. [7:30 p.m., Tommy T’s Showroom, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Citizen’s Band:
The seared rock cod, served with relish-like octopus salad, asparagus and carrot, and sorrel (a spring herb) pesto, is recommended today. [1198 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 556-4901]

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