March 11: Dave Barry, pirate ship and more 

Who's in town

Elliot Ackerman, who served five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, follows a young Afghan orphan in “Green on Blue,” his debut novel. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Funny guy: Best-selling humorist Dave Barry discusses his new book, “Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster),” as well as witticisms about modern living. [Noon, Book Passage, 61 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Think tank: Michael Rich, president of the Rand Corporation, shares the think tank’s positions on education, health care, Ebola and more. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Philosophy: Israeli philosopher Avishai Margalit offers a fresh perspective on the rapidly changing Middle East. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Animal intelligence: Virginia Morrell plumbs the depths of animals’ emotions in “Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

S.F. memoir: “Brownie Points: Bite-Sized Life Lessons” is Joyce Turley’s compendium of advice culled from her childhood in the Depression to San Francisco society. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Bilingual kids: Raising a Reader shares tips on how to raise bilingual children and help them succeed in school. [5 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Behind Butoh: Shinichi Iova-Koga, artistic director of the Inkboat theater company, provides a primer on Butoh, an avant-garde Japanese dance form. [2:10 p.m., Room 134, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Art talk: Philip Eliasoph examines the intersection of Judaism and art in his lecture, “Idol Smashers to Icon Forgers: ‘Artless Jews’ From Moses to Moma.” [5 p.m., Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Concert: The San Francisco State University Orchestra, conducted by Cyrus Ginwala, performs. [7 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Pirate ship: The Lady Washington, a tall ship that has appeared in “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Once Upon a Time,” is finishing up its run of onboard tours. [10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pier 40, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: San Francisco comedian Brendan Lynch has appeared on “Adam Devine’s House Party.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Classical music: The San Francisco Symphony is spotlighting violinist Nadya Tichman in a program of works by Handel and Haydn. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Grunge redux: Seattle’s Naomi Punk revives grunge on its new album, “The Feeling.” [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Blowing their horn: North Carolina’s Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a six-piece rock combo, flavors its soul-rock sound with a horn section on its new album, “Right State of Mind.” [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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