August 26: Rosebuds and other SF events 

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  • The artsy Rosebuds, aka Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, top a bill that also includes El May.
Who’s in town

Award-winning Welsh poet and Dylan Thomas scholar Dr. Nerys Williams speaks about the troubled writer and his experiences in the Bay Area. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Lectures

Rioja workshop: Pamela Busch, a wine columnist for The San Francisco Examiner and longtime wine educator, leads a session exploring the flavors of one of Spain’s most distinguished — and delicious — red wines. [7 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Same-sex marriage: Stuart Gaffney and John Lewis, one of the couples at the heart of a landmark California marriage equality case, lead a discussion on “How Did Marriage Equality Go Mainstream: Evolution or Revolution?” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

UFO book: Nick Pope, former chief of the British government’s UFO project at the Ministry of Defence, talks about the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident of 1980 — Roswell’s lesser-known cousin — and his new book, “Encounter in Rendlesham Forest.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro Street, Mountain View]

Spanish-language book club: Spanish-speakers — including native speakers and advanced learners — gather to speak about “Doce Cuentos Peregrinos” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the public library

African sounds: Musician Keenan Webster plays the West African harp and other African instruments during a hands-on demonstration. [11 a.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Great Teen Book Swap: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review in exchange. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

New exhibit: Graduate interns Merrill Amos and Leah Belcher provide an expert look at the new “Dobles Vidas” exhibit, followed by a reception. [2 p.m., Gleeson Library, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

PowerPoint workshop: Harness the power of PowerPoint in a Techie Festival lecture. [9 a.m., Turing Auditorium, Polya Hall, Stanford University, 255 Panama St., Stanford]

Local events

School of comedy: The Vice Principals of Comedy — that’s Walker Glenn, Hayden Greif-Neill, Erik Krasner, and Allison Mick — take the stage along with headliner Caitlin Gill. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Natural musuem: The CuriOdyssey museum presents “Meet the Animal Keepers.” Museum staff they discuss a different animal every day and answer questions about animal behavior. [10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo; (650) 342-7755]

Rock concert: False Priest — featuring former members of Handshake — headline a bill that also includes The Twitches, Clumsy Concentration and Punisher. [8 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Cool sounds

The artsy Rosebuds, aka Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp, top a bill that also includes El May. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dining out

Alta CA: The uber-trendy restaurant features items such as beef tendon puffs, slow-cooked pork shoulder and its city-famous cocktails. [1420 Market St., S.F.; (415) 590-2585, altaca.co]

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