Dan St. Paul and others appear in ‘So Not the Cleavers’ 

Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Nikka Costa performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


David Sanger:
The New York Times’ chief Washington correspondent discusses foreign-policy issues facing the nation and how the Obama administration is addressing them. [6:30 p.m., Fairmont, 950 Mason St., S.F.; www.itsyourworld.org]

Clive Wilkinson: The president of Clive Wilkinson Architects speaks at a “Pioneers in Design” event hosted by the International Interior Design Association. [6 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Vanessa Somers: The Rome-based artist, whose “Asaroton 2000” is on view at the Italian Cultural Institute, gives an illustrated talk on the history of mosaic art. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Literary events

Karin Carrington and Susan Griffin:
The editors of “Transforming Terror: Remembering the Soul of the World” discuss the collection of writings. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jeffery Deaver:
The crime novelist talks about “Carte Blanche.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Alison Owings: The author of oral-history-based books reads from “Indian Voices: Listening to Native Americans.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Simon Rich: The former editor of the Harvard Lampoon discusses his debut novel, “Elliot Allagash.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Music lecture:
Foothill College Music Technology Program celebrity lecture series welcomes musician Bruce Kaphan. [7 p.m., Foothill College, Foothill Recording Studio (Building 1100), 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

At the public library

Constituent services:
Members of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s staff hold community hours at the library to answer questions about federal agencies and programs. [4 to 7 p.m., Main Library, Stong Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Two authors: Cara Black (“Murder in Passy”) and Carolyn Burke (“No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf”) discuss their latest books and all things Paris. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Loving parents:
Comics Kevin Meaney, Vickie Shaw, Maryellen Hooper and Dan St. Paul appear in “So Not the Cleavers,” a show illustrating that parents are parents regardless of sexuality. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Midday music: Diego’s Umbrella, a rock band whose influences include flamenco, klezmer and Latin music, performs in Union Square. [12:30 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

‘Ring’ series:
The San Francisco Opera presents “Die Walkure,” part two of Wagner’s “Ring of the Nibelung” series. [7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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

Dining Out

Pisco Latin Lounge:
Drinks and tapas from the Spanish-speaking world are on the menu. Red-snapper tacos, with serrano-tomatillo salsa, are the recommended food dish today. For drinks, look for “Pisco Porton” sours and specialty cocktails made with mosto verde pisco from the oldest distillery in the Americas. Also this week: Pride Week cocktails. [1817 Market St., S.F.; (415) 874-9951]

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