Christina Courtin, Aoife O’Donovan co-headline an evening at Cafe du Nord 

Who’s in town

Alternative-rock singer and guitarist Jim Ward performs at Hotel Utah. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]


Rajasvini Bhansali:
The social entrepreneur talks about India’s women-led, community-driven initiatives that are working for social transformation and discusses India’s LGBT movement. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Indian cuisine: Ranjan Dey, chef-proprietor of New Delhi Restaurant, hosts a “Spices of India” cooking and henna party. Highlights include cooking demonstrations and a buffet. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Laurie Barkin:
The psychiatric nurse talks about “The Comfort Garden: Tales From the Trauma Unit.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Book club: The Fourth Tuesday (Margie’s) Book Club discusses “Private Life” by Jane Smiley. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Art show:
The San Francisco Art Institute’s New Voices division presents “East Meets West,” an exhibit of work by the Boston artists who received the Artadia award in 2009. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., SFAI, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Julian Guthrie:
The author of “Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith” discusses the book. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Family Storytime’: Program features songs and stories for children 5 years old and younger. [11 a.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Community dancing:
Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of community dancing. Today’s featured dance form: rhumba. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Piano duet: Noontime Concerts’ Piano Month series presents a concert by Zofo, a duo specializing in the one-piano, four-hands repertoire. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Humor and sickle: Russian comics Vladimir Khlynin and Yuri Kagan appear in the “Recovering Commies” comedy tour. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Capra film: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939), directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, screens at MuseoAmericano. [7 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Rock and Americana: Singer-songwriter Ted Wulfers performs at the 50 Mason Social House. [7 p.m., 50 Mason St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the San Diego Padres. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Folk singers:
Folk and alt-bluegrass singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan and folk and soul singer-songwriter Christina Courtin co-headline an evening at Cafe du Nord. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

The izakaya-style tavern serves Japanese cuisine, and “Sumo Hour” — $5 sushi rolls (5:30 to 7 p.m.) — is highlighted today. Sushi chef Akira Yoshizumi’s creations include a “California” roll (snow crab, avocado, cucumber tobiko), “Alaska” roll (salmon, avocado, cucumber) and “Rock ’N’ Roll” (barbecued eel, avocado, cucumber-eel sauce). Non-sushi items, too, are available. [2909 Webster St., S.F.; (415) 346-3431]

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