August 18: Landlady and other SF events 

click to enlarge The New York band Landlady, fronted by saxophonist Adam Schatz, opens for Man Man. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The New York band Landlady, fronted by saxophonist Adam Schatz, opens for Man Man.
Who’s in town

Tony Wheeler, co-creator of Lonely Planet travel guides, speaks about his travels to countries in conflict such as North Korea, Iran and Afghanistan. The Commonwealth Club is presenting the talk. [7 p.m., Hoover Theatre, 1635 Park Ave., San Jose]

Lectures

Thinking about homophobia: UC Davis professor Gregory M. Herek speaks about the broader implications of prejudice in “Beyond “Homophobia” — Thinking More Clearly About Sexual Stigma and Prejudice.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Future of bookstores: Modern Times Bookstore hosts a roundtable discussion about independent bookstores, including a look back at shuttered sites such as A Different Light and Marcus Books. [6:30 p.m., 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Umami demystified: A workshop by Kayoko Akabori and Yoko Kumano explores the delightful mysteries of umami, a Japanese flavor concept that has gained major traction in foodie circles. Evening includes a discussion, demonstration, and tasting of food and wines. [6:30 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry and music: Ayo Khensu-Ra reads her poetry accompanied by the saxophone stylings of her dad, Ayo Ra-Ta. An open mic hosted by Jerry Ferraz follows the Ayos. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

New fiction: The Not-Your-Mothers Actual Book Club hosts Katherine Longshore, whose novel “Brazen” marries its heroine off to Henry Fitzroy, illegitimate son of King Henry VIII’s. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Stopping abuse: A panel of speakers talk about prevention of abuse against people with mental or developmental disabilities. [1 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Excel: Learn the time-saving tricks of Excel macros in a Techie Festival workshop. [9 a.m., Turing Auditorium, Polya Hall, Stanford University, 255 Panama St., Stanford]

Local activities

Hot cop: Get an eyeful of the Internet-famous Hot Cop of the Castro, aka Officer Chris Kohrs, as he and others get doused with buckets of ice water in a benefit for the Office Down Memorial Fund. [6 p.m., The Cafe, 2369 Market St., S.F.]

Theater preview: The Marsh presents works in progress. [8 p.m., 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Round robin: Join the Sad Bastards Club, a free songwriter round-robin hosted by Tom Heyman.[7:30 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Free show: U.K.-to-S.F. transplant Terry Savastano performs. [9:30 p.m., Fiddler’s Green, 1333 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock show

The New York band Landlady, fronted by saxophonist Adam Schatz, opens for Man Man. [8 p.m.,Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

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