The Museum of the African Diaspora presents ‘Soulful Stitching’ 

Who’s in town

Best-selling author George R.R. Martin talks about “A Dance With Dragons,” the fifth novel in his epic-fantasy series, “A Song of Ice and Fire.” [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Lectures

Health care costs:
Speakers explore the high costs of health care and how that hurts the people most in need. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jeremy Bailenson: The founding director of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab discusses the drastic advancements in technology and how they might help science fiction become reality. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Reimagining urban space: Speakers discuss landscape urbanism, a concept that emphasizes the integration of natural, structural, cultural and infrastructural layers of urban space. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

NEA grants: Douglas Sonntag, director of dance at the National Endowment for the Arts, conducts an informational session on the agency and its grant programs. [6 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book celebration:
The event marks the release of “Land of the Unconquerable: The Lives of Contemporary Afghan Women.” Guests include co-editor Ashraf Zahedi. [5:30 p.m., Russ Building, 235 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Joel Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams: The authors of “The New Universe and the Human Future: How a Shared Cosmology Could Transform the World” discuss their book. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

John Milliken Thompson: The novelist talks about “The Reservoir.” [7 p.m., “M” is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Priscilla Gilman: The New York-based writer talks about her memoir, “The Anti-Romantic Child.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Stanford Jazz Festival:
Pianist-violinist Victor Lin and fellow jazz artists present the music of The Beatles. [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University]

At the public library

Home energy efficiency:
The program, conducted by the San Francisco Department of the Environment, outlines and addresses questions about residential energy issues. [6:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Author talk:
Lois Goodwill, co-author of “Entangled: A Chronicle of Late Love,” discusses the book and talks about how age doesn’t matter when it comes to love. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Comedy show:
The Sklar Brothers, twin comedians Randy and Jason Sklar, perform. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Boogie night: “Swing in the Square,” with the B-Stars and San Francisco Lindy Exchange, takes place in Union Square. The evening includes swing music and dancing and a dance lesson. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Tangerine: Chef Sean Pattansuvoranun’s special today is stewed shitake chicken with port wine. Free-range chicken breasts are slow-stewed with mushrooms and herbs in port wine and soy sauce and served with baked baby potatoes. “This is a Tangerine classic — elegant comfort food,” Tangerine co-owner Peter Goss says. [16th and Sanchez streets, S.F., (415) 626-1700]

Quilt exhibit: The Museum of the African Diaspora presents “Soulful Stitching,” an exhibit of patchwork quilts made by Siddi women — heirs to the culture of Africans brought to Goa, India. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Tangerine:
Chef Sean Pattansuvoranun’s special today is stewed shitake chicken with port wine. Free-range chicken breasts are slow-stewed with mushrooms and herbs in port wine and soy sauce and served with baked baby potatoes. “This is a Tangerine classic — elegant comfort food,” Tangerine co-owner Peter Goss says. [16th and Sanchez streets, S.F., (415) 626-1700]

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