Eco-adventurer David de Rothschild speaks about crossing the Pacific 


Joel Brinkley: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist talks about the troubles that continue to plague the people of Cambodia, more than a generation after the fall of the Khmer Rouge. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lisa Gold: The ethnomusicologist, musician and author of “Balinese Gamelan Music” speaks on gamelan music and shadow-puppet theater. [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 581-3701]

Literary events

Thomas Perry: The award-winning mystery-novel writer reads from “The Informant.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Sister Souljah: The author and activist talks about “Midnight and the Meaning of Love.” [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

Chris Adrian: The San Francisco-based novelist talks about “The Great Night.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Carolyn Burke: The biographer discusses “No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Demetri Martin: The comedian shares “This Is a Book.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Cinco de Mayo: The lunchtime celebration features a performance by Salsa Caliente. [Noon, UCSF, Millberry Union Vendor Court, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Poetry reading: Poets Joseph Stroud and Peter Weltner read from their work. [3:30 p.m., SFSU, Poetry Center, Room 512, Humanities Building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursday film series: Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” (1985) is the feature attraction this week. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Cinco de Mayo: Stories and a craft in celebration of the holiday are on the program. [4 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Art opening: “A Place of Her Own,” an exhibition of work by female Asian-American artists that explores the idea of environments for women, opens with a reception. [6 to 9 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Local activities

Candidate forum: The candidates for San Francisco mayor discuss the future of service and engaged citizenship. USF’s Corey Cook moderates the forum. [6 p.m., USF, McLaren Conference Center, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Big Easy listening: The SFJazz High School All-Stars, led by Paul Contos, perform a concert of music that captures the spirit of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Experimental music series: Punk-rock duo Grains, contemporary chamber group Nonsemble Six and the post-classical guitar-and-drum duo the New Living Earth perform. [8 p.m., Luggage Store, 1007 Market St., S.F.]

Tres SF: Cinco de Mayo festivities take place at the tequila lounge and Mexican kitchen. Revelers can expect happy-hour specials (including $5 margaritas and $2 tacos) plus tequilas galore, mariachis, DJs, dancing and live wrestling. Diners can enjoy chef Kelvin Ott’s special menu, featuring modern Mexican cuisine with a traditional twist. [Noon to 1:45 a.m., 130 Townsend St., S.F., (415) 227-0500]

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