Author Rosemary Harris hosts ‘Mischief and Mayhem in the Garden’ 

Who’s in town

Hugh Jackman
performs his favorite Broadway and Hollywood musical numbers backed by a 17-piece orchestra in a show that runs through May 15. [Curran Theatre, 445 Geary St., S.F.]


Jonathan Greenberg:
The conflict-resolution scholar and Arctic-issues expert gives a talk titled “The Arctic: Homeland or Frontier?” [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

‘On the Commons’: Julie Ristau and Ana Micka, of On the Commons, and author Jay Walljasper discuss the idea that some forms of wealth belong to all of us and must be actively protected. [6:30 p.m., Building B, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Literary events

Alison Owings:
The writer and editor discusses “Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans.” [7 p.m.,  Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Jean Kwok: The novelist talks about “Girl in Translation.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

New fiction: Nathan Larson (“The Dewey Decimal System”) and Nina Revoyr (“Wingshooters”) read from their novels. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Clark Frasier and Mark Gaier: The Maine chefs talk about “Maine Classics: More Than 150 Delicious Recipes From Down East.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Robert Reich:
The former U.S. secretary of labor discusses corporate social responsibility and labor standards. [4 p.m., SFSU, Seven Hills Conference Center, Lake Merced Boulevard and State Drive, S.F.]

Abraham Verghese: The writer and physician appears in a conversation titled “How I Write.” [7:30 p.m., Geology Corner (Building 320), Room 105, Stanford University, Stanford]

‘Baseball Double Header’: Baseball writers Dan Fost (“Giants Past and Present”) and Robert Elias (“The Empire Strikes Out”) read from their books. [12:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Docent lecture:
The program, presented in conjunction with the de Young Museum exhibit, features a lecture about Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. [6:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Adam Hochschild:
The author and journalist talks about “To End All Wars,” his new book about World War I. An audience discussion and a book sale follow. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Botany and bedlam:
The Conservatory of Flowers hosts “Mischief and Mayhem in the Garden,” an evening with mystery-novel writer and gardener Rosemary Harris. [6 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP:]

Lone stars: “Words First,” a solo-performance series, presents its May show. Dominika Bednarska, Susan Ito, Lisa Marie Newton and Sarita Ocon take the stage. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

American music: Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, pianist Warren Jones and fiddler Paul Brown perform a mix of American songs, traditional and new. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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