Jazz singer Carmen Souza among Thursday night entertainment options in The City 

Carmen Souza (courtesy photo)
  • Carmen Souza (courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Carmen Souza, a London-based jazz chanteuse of Cape Verdean ancestry, appears in concert. SFJazz presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Dana Priest: The award-winning Washington Post journalist looks at an out-of-control national-security apparatus built in response to 9/11. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

California Common Sense: Members of California Common Sense discuss their technology-related effort to solve seemingly interminable political problems in state government. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Juliana Spahr: The poet reads from “Well Then There Now.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dorothy Hearst: The novelist talks about “Secrets of the Wolves.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Julie Otsuka: The novelist talks about “The Buddha in the Attic.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Josh Rolnick: The fiction writer talks about “Pulp and Paper,” a story collection. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Barbara Thompson: The art curator talks about new directions in collecting and displaying the arts of Africa and its diaspora. [6 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University]

Rights Conference: The first day of a two-day series features talks and lectures; admission is free.  [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cesar Chavez Student Center, SF State University, 19th and Holloway avenues, S.F.]

Local activities

Funk and R&B: Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk performs at the Great American Music Hall. New Orleans funk and R&B figure prominently in the group’s mix of musical styles. [8:30 p.m., 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Black Uhuru: The reggae band performs at The Independent. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Sarah Colonna: The comedian performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Mission Chinese Food: Mission Street Food’s Anthony Myint recommends the No. 16 item — “Thrice Cooked Bacon” — on chef Danny Bowien’s menu. The medium-spicy dish contains artisanal bacon, rice cakes, bitter melon, tofu skin, scallion, black bean and chili oil and is described as a pleasing mix of tastes and textures. [Lung Shan Restaurant, 2234 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 863-2800]

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