March 26: Damon Fowler and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Melinda Bates, who headed the White House Visitors Office during the Clinton years, discusses her new book. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Sewer improvements: Speakers discuss plans for making sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvements to each of San Francisco’s watersheds. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Mapping the city: Speakers discuss how maps, once mere directional aids, have become tools that inform public-policy decisions and help protect the natural world. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Hetch Hetchy: “Michael O’Shaughnessy and the Building of the Hetch Hetchy Dam” is the theme of a “History Speaks” roundtable. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dinaw Mengestu: The Ethiopia-born novelist and journalist talks about “All Our Names.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Janet Hubbard: The novelist talks about “Bordeaux: The Bitter Finish: A Vengeance in the Vineyard Mystery.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Karen E. Fields: The author, history professor and scholar discusses “Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Micah Uetricht: The journalist and former labor organizer discusses “Strike for America: Chicago Teachers Against Austerity.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Street children: The program looks at the global issue of children living on the streets. Individuals who have worked with street kids in Uganda, Peru and San Francisco speak. [6:30 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Main 100, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Gary Kamiya: The locally based author visits the Mission Bay Book Club to read from “Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco.” [6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 4th St., S.F.]

Teen Computer Corps: Teen volunteers help those with technology troubles that involve Kindles, email, laptops, tablets, cell phones, digital cameras and electronic gadgets. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Blues man

Roots guitar guru Damon Fowler celebrates his latest Blind Pig recording, “Sounds of Home,” with an album release party. [7:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Local activities

Noir fundraiser: Film noir is the focus of the Roxie Theater’s I Wake Up Dreaming 2014 Benefit, a fundraiser for the venue. The evening includes a noir festival preview and a screening of “The Argyle Secrets.” [7 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Opening night: A new production of “Venus in Fur” opens at American Conservatory Theater. Erotic cat-and-mouse dynamics occur between an actress and a director in David Ives’ 2010 comedy. [8 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Women’s art: The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts “Luna Negra: A Night of Women’s Art,” a Women’s History Month celebration held in conjunction with MCCLA’s “Solo Mujeres” exhibit. [7 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Zero Zero: The Stockton pizza, a new pizza, is recommended today. Ingredients include Zuckerman’s asparagus (from Stockton), green garlic, chili flake, basil, caciocavallo, mozzarella and grana padano. [826 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 348-8800]

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