Mars/Venus relationship author talks hormones 

Who's in town

Author talk: Best-selling relationship author John Gray (“Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”) gives a sold-out talk at the Commonwealth Club, revealing what he says are the associations between hormone levels and happiness.


Hans Rudolf Vaget: The German-studies professor discusses the “Wagner problem,” the composer’s anti-Semitism, so-called dilettantism in the arts, and other factors. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Nafisa Haji: The debut novelist talks about “The Sweetness of Tears.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Daniel Orozco: The debut fiction writer talks about “Orientation and Other Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Poets Jorge Argueta and Miguel Robles read from their work. An open-mic session follows. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Stanford Health Policy Forum: The future of children’s health in California is the topic. Speakers include Diana Dooley, state secretary of health and human services. [Noon, James H. Clark Center, Stanford University]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: The poetry-writing group welcomes senior citizens. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, preparing job applications, and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Get outside

In bloom: Calandrinia grandiflora, which has long stems and brilliant purple flowers, is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, home to more than 8,000 kinds of plants from around the world. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Indie rock: The Mountain Goats perform in San Francisco. “All Eternals Deck” is the latest album by the indie-rock band. [9 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Monday mirth: Club Fox presents “Comedy Monday,” hosted by Dan St. Paul. Comics Kellen Erskine, Natasha Muse, Trevor Hill, Karinda Dobbins and Joe Geckler perform this week. [8 p.m., 2209 Broadway, Redwood City]

Sorry about that: W. Kamau Bell, joined by other comedians and writers, presents “The Bell Curve Project: Apologies,” a show that takes on the subject of apologizing for mess-ups. [8 p.m., Stage Werx Theatre, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]

Local activities

Community concert: Redwood City’s Jazz on Main series welcomes jazz saxophonist Anton Schwartz and his quintet. [6 to 8 p.m., stage at Main Street, downtown Redwood City]

Norwegian film: “Trollhunter,” a droll horror comedy from Norway, is screening at the Lumiere Theatre. [5:35 and 8 p.m., 1572 California St., S.F.]

Native stories: “Restless Natives,” a collaborative performer and filmmaker showcase, presents authentic stories of those with indigenous ancestry. Performers include Malia Connor. [8 p.m., the Garage, 975 Howard St., S.F.]

Dining out

Balboa Cafe: Alaskan halibut is new on chef Jose Lemus’ dinner menu. It is served with finger potatoes and baby carrots. Also recommended, the Balboa burger, served with french fries. [3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]

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