British historian Philippa Gregory discusses royal family scandals, battles 

Philippa Gregory will talk at the Commonwealth Club on Tuesday. (Getty Images file photo) - PHILIPPA GREGORY WILL TALK AT THE COMMONWEALTH CLUB ON TUESDAY. (GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
  • Philippa Gregory will talk at the Commonwealth Club on Tuesday. (Getty Images file photo)
  • Philippa Gregory will talk at the Commonwealth Club on Tuesday. (Getty Images file photo)

Who’s in town

British historian and novelist Philippa Gregory discusses the scandals, battles and political infighting that have dotted Britain’s royal landscape. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Misha Glenny:
The London-based author and economics professor discusses cybercrime and how authorities might begin to end this epidemic. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Elliott S. Fisher: The Dartmouth-based medical professor examines ways to achieve a sustainable health care system. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ferry Building: Project developer Chris Meany and project architects Jay Turnbull, Cathy Simon and Will and Hans Baldauf discuss the transformation of San Francisco’s Ferry Building. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Lorri Ungaretti: The San Francisco History Association vice president speaks at SFHA’s monthly meeting. Her talk looks at San Francisco’s Sunset district, past and present. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

‘Behind the Story’: Investigative reporting series kicks off with “Under Suspicion,” a program about suspicious-activity reporting on innocent citizens. [7 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.;]

Literary events

Colson Whitehead:
The author of the novels “The Intuitionist,” “Sag Harbor” and “Zone One” appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bill Bryson: The best-selling author talks about “At Home,” a book about his house, a rural English parsonage crammed with historical bric-a-brac. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Rob Rosen: The novelist celebrates the launch of “Southern Fried.” Alan Chin and Mark Abramson, guest authors from the neighborhood, join him. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Ishmael Reed:
The novelist, poet, playwright and essayist speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

ITVS Community Cinema:
Program features a screening of “Deaf Jam,” a film about a deaf teen who discovers the power of American Sign Language poetry. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Halloween cuisine: Session shows how to make cupcakes scary by decorating them Halloween-style. [4 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]


Clay art:
Creativity Explored — a visual-arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell artwork — presents “Hands on Clay,” a group exhibit of ceramic art. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Russian music: The Lee Duo — violist Caroline Lee and pianist Aeri Lee — performs sonatas by Shostakovich and Glinka. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Nonfiction cinema: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival presents “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” “Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters” and other films. [7:15 p.m. onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Dining out

Chef-owner Joseph Manzare serves nigiri, roe, makimono rolls, small plates, grilled items and drinks at this site where Japanese cuisine and tequila come together. Recommended dishes include edamame as a starter; the barbecue sushi, featuring a special house sauce; the Hecho roll; the Himalayan hamachi; and, from the grill, tuna collar. Recommended drink: seven-spice margarita. [185 Sutter St.; (415) 835-6400]

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