Argentine singer-songwriter Maria Volonte performs at Stanford Shopping Center 

Who’s in town

Author Carmela Ciuraru, appearing in conversation with Zyzzyva managing editor Oscar Villalon, talks about her new book, “Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Nirvikar Singh:
The author and economics professor shares his views on India’s economy and future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Steven Watson: The cultural historian discusses “Four Saints in Three Acts,” the opera by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson. [6:30 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Liss:
The award-winning novelist talks about “The Twelfth Enchantment.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Rachel Kaplan: The urban gardener talks about “Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Readers Cafe and Bookstore presents its Thursday poetry series. Luke Warm Water and Jack Hirschman take part this week. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Marissa Churchill: The pastry chef talks about “Sweet and Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life’s Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Ryan Van Meter: The essayist shares “If You Knew Then What I Know Now.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Musical theater:
Foothill Music Theatre presents “Curtains,” the musical whodunit by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Rupert Holmes. [8 p.m., Foothill College, Lohman Theatre, 12345 El Monte Ave., Los Altos Hills]

At the public library

Steven T. Jones:
The journalist talks about “Tribes of Burning Man.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Parents for Public Schools:
The group hosts a workshop designed to help parents with children entering kindergarten get their kids ready for school. [7:30 p.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

Summer concert:
Argentine singer-songwriter Maria Volonte performs at Stanford Shopping Center. The concert is part of SFJazz’s Summerfest celebration. [6 p.m., 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Talent showcase: Project Ethos presents an evening showcasing local emerging talents in recycled fashion, music and art. Events include a runway show. [9 p.m., Supperclub, 657 Harrison St., S.F.]

Outdoor movie: Redwood City’s Movies on the Square series presents “E.T. The Extraterrestrial” (1982), directed by Steven Spielberg. [8:15 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Reggae artist: British-Jamaican reggae and R&B superstar Maxi Priest performs at Yoshi’s. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Dining out

Chef Jeremias Guerra cooks fresh seafood and creative fare. Appetizers include the popular ahi tuna tartare, a dish that has been on the menu for years. Also look for the crispy duck dumplings and the grilled artichokes. A recommended entree is the seared halibut, served with braising greens, asparagus, pancetta, and herbed mustard vinaigrette. [2362 Market St., S.F.; (415) 431-5000]

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