August 7: 'Every Man Should Know' and more S.F. events 

click to enlarge Harry Connick Jr. performs at Davies Symphony Hall. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Harry Connick Jr. performs at Davies Symphony Hall.

Who's in town

Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of PBS' "Masterpiece" series, talks about the series and its popular "Downton Abbey" program. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Katie Hafner: The journalist and author of "Mother Daughter Me" discusses how to come to terms with flawed family members. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Solar power for renters: Matter of Trust.org hosts a community salon to discuss how renters can switch to solar energy. [6 p.m., Matter of Trust Eco-Center, 3338 17th St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz percussionist conducts the first class in a six-Wednesday "Discover Jazz" series. "The Spirit of the Drum" is the theme. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

German cinema: The Goethe Institut hosts an event exploring the "Berlin school," a 21st-century movement in German film. A talk and a screening make up the program. [6:30 p.m., 530 Bush St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Gilbert: The novelist, whose new book is "And Sons," appears in conversation with author Adam Johnson. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Bookstore town hall: Modern Times Bookstore hosts a town hall gathering to discuss its effort to stay vital and to receive community input. [7 to 9 p.m., 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Book group: The San Francisco Travel Book Club discusses "Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline" by Brian David Bruns. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Iranian film: The program features a screening of the Iranian dramatic film "Downpour" (1971). Director Bahram Beyzae is scheduled to attend. [7 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, Stanford University, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Computer help: The class is geared toward individuals with intermediate-level computer and Internet questions. [Noon to 2 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Magic show: Magician Heather Rogers performs a show of illusions, juggling and comedy for children of all ages. [3 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Pop-jazz concert

Harry Connick Jr. performs at Davies Symphony Hall. "Every Man Should Know" is the latest album by the pop and jazz pianist-singer. [8 p.m., 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Design gallery: The Autodesk Gallery is open to the public on Wednesdays. Exhibits illustrate the role design technology plays in industries ranging from cars to skyscrapers. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tours at 12:30 p.m., 1 Market St., S.F.]

Community salsa: Salsa in the Square, a community dance party, takes place in Union Square. Edgardo Cambon and LaTiDo, specializing in danceable Cuban music, appear. [6 to 8 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Hits and horns: Chicago, the 1960s-formed, hit-making "rock band with horns," brings its tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Nob Hill Masonic Center, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Palio d'Asti: Owner Martino DiGrande serves Italian cuisine, and he recommends the eggplant parmigiana is recommended today. It is baked in a wood oven with ricotta cheese and is described as delicious. The corn pizza is also highlighted. Ingredients include Asiago cheese, white corn, fresh arugula, and a drizzle of aged balsamic. [640 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 395-9800]

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