Bay Area newswoman Belva Davis appears in conversation at Herbst 

Around town

Who’s in town

Israeli artist Adi Nes appears in an onstage conversation. Nes’ photographs re-create scenes from famous paintings, historical events and biblical stories, placing them within the context of contemporary Israeli society. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Rose Aguilar and Peter Richardso
n: The journalists propose forms of citizen journalism that depend less on advertising and more on the recognition that political information is crucial for democracy. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Pier 70: Project managers Kathleen Diohep and Lynda Swanson discuss the city master plan to rehabilitate historic waterfront buildings at Pier 70. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Joseph McElroy:
The award-winning writer of American fiction talks about “Night Soul and Other Stories.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Douglas Brinkley: The award-winning historian talks about “The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom: 1879-1960.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Alice Hoffman:
The fiction writer talks about “The Red Garden,” a series of linked stories. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Richie Unterberger:
The author of books on popular music gives a presentation. [6:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [5:15 to 8:15 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.; RSVP:]

Literary speed dating: Straight adults are welcome today and LGBT adults tomorrow. Open to those in their 20s and 30s. Bring a book to discuss. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; register:]

Local activities

Lunchtime music:
Lauren Cony (piano) and Sarah Holzman (flute) perform works by Bach, Barber, Ibert and Copland. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Cuban artists: San Francisco Center for the Book presents “Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints 1985-2008,” an exhibit containing more than 130 books and objects from 13 Cuban artists. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 300 De Haro St., S.F.]

Reggae artist: Grammy-winning reggae singer-songwriter Michael Rose performs at the Independent. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Book release:
The Bay Area newswoman, Belva Davis, appears in conversation with Judy Woodruff. “Never in My Wildest Dreams: A Black Woman’s Life in Journalism” is Davis’ new book. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Citizen’s Band:
Chef Chris Beerman cooks creative American fare. Appetizers include bacon and eggs (Berkshire pork belly, crispy farm egg, Himalayan black truffle). Entrees include fried chicken (buttermilk-battered poussin, greens, biscuits, red-eye gravy) and pot roast (braised Meyer Ranch short rib, root vegetables, horseradish mashed potatoes, black trumpets, porcini jus). Desserts are by Pinkie’s bakery. [1198 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 556-4901]

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