August 19: Grammy-nominated metal and other S.F. events 

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Who's in town

Chef, writer and food photographer Erin Coopey talks about her new book, "The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook: Make Your Own Condiments and Essentials." [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]


Anthony D. Barnosky: The UC Berkeley professor discusses how global change influences extinction dynamics and how to ensure that our children's world is at least as good as our own. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: Evening features a panel of political journalists commenting on current events, plus an audience discussion, a news quiz and socializing opportunities. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tech panel: Speakers discuss 3-D-printing technology and the future of the field. The Bold Italic and General Assembly present the evening. [6:30 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Literary events

'Lit Slam': The monthly poetry show and competition offers the audience a chance to help curate an annual publication. August's featured performer: Ryka Aoki. [8 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.;]

Book group: The Fiction Book Club discusses "Disgrace," by J.M. Coetzee. [7 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

'Test Your Eye-Q': Ophthalmologist Barbara Erny discusses common adult eye diseases. [Noon, Li Ka Shing Learning Center, Room 205-206, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford University, Stanford; RSVP:]

At the library

'Brain Fitness': Class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [2 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Conversational English: The library's Conversational English Language Group, for non-native-speaking adults wishing to strengthen their English conversation skills, meets. [3 p.m., Main Library, Paley room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The progressive-metal band Queensryche, featuring Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Geoff Tate, performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Local activities

Fatherhood day: A "Father's Back to School March and Rally," in Bayview-Hunters Point, features community events focusing on men. It begins with fathers walking their kids to school (7:15 a.m.). [; (415) 724-5445]

Art exhibit: The AfroSolo Arts Festival presents its 2013 visual-arts exhibit, "Reflecting the Light: Works Inspired by Ancestral Art Masters." [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Main Library, African American Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Symphonic rock: The Polyphonic Spree, a choral and symphonic pop-rock band from Dallas, performs a concert in support of the group's latest album, "Yes, It's True." [9 p.m., the Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Bluegrass band: Weatherside Whiskey Band, a five-piece alt-country and bluegrass ensemble, performs at Cafe du Nord. [9 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The Giants play the Boston Red Sox. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Georges: Chef Michael Bilger creates Mediterranean-inspired California cuisine, including new renditions of San Francisco seafood classics. Lunch-menu recommendations include the achiote-marinated fish tacos and the wild king-salmon salad. Dinnertime highlights include the slow-cooked wild king salmon, the Idaho golden trout, the New England day-boat scallops and the Spanish octopus Bolognese, a pasta dish. [415 Sansome St., S.F.; (415) 956-6900]

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