Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico performs at Cafe du Nord 

Around town

Who’s in town

Oklahoma-based blogger and food writer Ree Drummond talks about her new book, “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels,” a real-life storybook romance. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


New media in China:
Kevin Fong (GSR Ventures) and Duncan Clark (BDA China) examine whether China can sustain its robust economic growth while stifling Internet freedom at home. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Michael Phipps:
The local historian and board member of Friends of the Cable Car Museum gives a presentation on the heyday of cable cars in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ida Hattemer-Higgins:
The debut novelist talks about “The History of History.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Greg Delanty and Michael Matto:
The poets and translators present “The Word Exchange,” a collection of 123 medieval poems. The special guest is poet Robert Hass. [12:30 p.m., 111 Minna Street Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Paul Graham:
The influential British photographer discusses his work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Michelle Richmond:
The novelist discusses and signs copies of “The Year of Fog.” [7 p.m., Los Altos Library, 13 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Jimbo the Clown:
The program, for kids of all ages, features accordion music, dance, juggling, hat tricks and skits with audience participation. [10:30 a.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Local activities

Lunchtime music:
Farley Pierce (viola da gamba, Viennese bass) and Yuko Tanaka (forte piano) perform sonatas by Graun and Sperger. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Asian comedy:
The Cockyasians Comedy Tour comes to town. Comedians Bradley Lum and Mark Zhang joke about Asian culture, families and society. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Danish singer-songwriter Tina Dico — whose influences include Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix — performs. [8 p.m., Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

Restaurateurs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani and chef Orlando Pagan feature seasonal New American cuisine, and a sashimi bar, appetizers, entrees and an assortment of artisan cheeses and desserts are available. Broiled sake-marinated Alaskan black cod and shrimp dumplings in shiso broth — a signature dish — is recommended today. [689 Mission St., S.F., (415) 284-4040]

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