May 21: Robert Hawkins and other SF events 

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  • Robert Hawkins, seen on “Titus,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central, does stand-up.
Who’s in town

Science writer Daniel Goleman speaks at the 2014 “Garden Feast,” benefiting the S.F. Botanical Garden's Youth Education Program. The topic of his talk is developing ecological intelligence in children. [11 a.m., SFBG, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Lectures

Jim Adams: The engineer and professor presents a talk about the beauty of hands titled “Making, Fixing & Tinkering.” [7 p.m., Museum of American Heritage, 351 Homer Ave., Palo Alto]

Eric Stover: The faculty director at UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center discusses the history and effectiveness of international laws that address war crimes. [7:30 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos; www.worldaffairs.org]

Indre Viskontas: The cognitive neuroscientist and classically trained soprano appears in a conversation titled “The Neuroscience of Music and Creativity.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Midwifery today: Professors, nurses and professional midwives discuss the history, experience and future of midwifery. [6:15 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.camidwifery.eventbrite.com]

High-speed rail: Ben Tripousis, from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, gives an update on what’s happening with the high-speed rail project. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

College football: The heads of two of the college conferences with the largest television and media footprint discuss the present and future of college football. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Tom Barbash: The author and educator talks about “Stay Up With Me: Stories.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Steven Galloway: The novelist talks about “The Confabulist.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Women’s health: The Women’s Health Forum features talks and exhibits. The keynote speaker is development economist Ruth Levine. [1 p.m., Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez St., Stanford University, Stanford; RSVP: http://wsdm.stanford.edu]

At the public library

Local history: Ruth Orta and Ramona Garibay, descendants of the Ohlone/Bay Miwok people, give a talk titled “The Ohlone Nation: The Original Residents of Bernal Heights.” [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Ballet company

Alonzo King LINES Ballet launches its home spring season with a program featuring a world premiere and highlights from King’s career. A gala (5:30 p.m.) leads things off. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Rum and Rothko: Local bartenders craft cocktails inspired by the art at SFMOMA in “The Art of the Modern Drink,” a party at the Ferry Building. Chefs create bites, using farmers’ market goods. [5:30 p.m., foot of Market Street, S.F.; www.cuesa.org]

Singer-songwriter: Irish blues and soul singer-songwriter Hozier performs in San Francisco. [8:30 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Robert Hawkins, seen on “Titus,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and Comedy Central, does stand-up. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

E&O Trading Company: Diners can select crispy garlic chicken. It has a slightly spicy glaze and is served with pickled daikon. Also available: grilled lemongrass pork shoulder, with rice-noodle salad with cucumber and bean sprouts. [314 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 693-0303]

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