Comedian Kevin Avery performs at the Punch Line 

Who’s in town

Cabaret singer Andrea Marcovicci brings her new show, “Blue Champagne: The History of the Torch Song,” to San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]


Larry Harvey:
The founder of Burning Man appears in conversation. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

State budget: “Should This House Approve of the California Budget Compromise?” is the theme of an SFDebate program. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Robert Dugoni:
The novelist talks about “Murder One.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Glen Duncan: The London-based novelist talks about “The Last Werewolf.” Stephen Coates provides musical accompaniment. [7 p.m., Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Perri O’Shaughnessy:
Novelist sisters Pamela and Mary O’Shaughnessy (joint pen name: Perri O’Shaughnessy) share “Dreams of the Dead.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Early music:
American Bach Soloists’ Bach festival presents an “Academy-in-Action” concert of Bach cantatas and works by Baroque masters. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Gardening workshop:
Jonathan Silverman, founder of Feel the Earth, conducts a hands-on gardening workshop titled “Learn the Art of Seeding” for ages 3 and older. [4 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Science for kids:
Mad Science presents “Fire and Ice,” a program exploring the properties of fire and combustion and of dry ice. Session is for ages 6 to 11. [2 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local events

Standup comedy:
Comedian Kevin Avery performs at the Punch Line. Comics W. Kamau Bell and Janine Brito also take the stage. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series hosts an evening devoted to the cha cha. Imperial Ballroom provides dance instruction. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Young poets: Youth Speaks presents “Words and Voices,” a program of performances by the Bay Area youth poetry-slam team and by young poets from across the country. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Midday music: Pianist Miles Graber, cellist Ruth Lane and clarinetist Tom Rose perform works by Brahms and Beethoven. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Bamboo Asia:
Restaurateurs Anjou Ahlborn and Sebastiaan Van De Rijt serve modern, healthy Asian fare quick-casual style. At Indian, Japanese and Vietnamese stations, diners can build a meal to order. [41 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 624-6790]

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