Motion City Soundtrack plays two-night gig at The Fillmore 

Who’s in town

Peter Tomsen
, former U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan, sheds new light on the U.S. involvement in the ongoing war in Afghanistan and discusses how the coalition forces can help Afghanistan and the region achieve peace and stability. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Bulbul Tiwari:
The Stanford Fellow provides an introduction to historical and contemporary Indian Hindi cinema. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. ]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz artist and ethnomusicologist presents this week’s lecture in his series exploring the history and relevance of Cuban Son music and dance. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Pete Escovedo: The Latin-music notable and visual artist talks about art and music. The San Francisco Arts Commission presents the talk. [6 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Degree completion:
USF School of Management presents an overview of its evening bachelor’s-degree completion programs for working adults. [6 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Admissions Presentation Room, LM 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Farmers market: The Wednesday marketplace features fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, first-floor plaza, 2155 Webster St., S.F.]

Literary events

Lev Grossman:
The novelist and Time magazine senior writer talks about “The Magician King.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Clark Blaise and Bharati Mukherjee: The authors of “The Meagre Tarmac” and “The New Miss India,” respectively, read from their books and discuss intercultural marriage. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ellen Datlow: The award-winning sci-fi and fantasy editor, whose new anthology is  “Naked City,” appears in an informal meet-and-greet session. [7 p.m., Borderlands Cafe, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

At the public library

Art show:
“Mrs. Mustard @ the Main” exhibit contains photomontage illustrations by graphic artist Jane Wattenberg from her children’s books. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Crafts With Sophie’: The session features craft projects for children of all ages. [4 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Improv comedy:
The San Francisco Improv Fest presents “Rising Stars Night.” Tiny Godzilla, the Simps and Awkward Silence are some of the comedy troupes on the slate. [7:30 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Swing fever: It’s “Swing in the Square” night in Union Square. The evening, featuring Quarter Mile Combo and 9:20 Special, includes a swing-dance lesson, live music and DJs. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Noir cinema: “Double Indemnity” (1944), directed by Billy Wilder, and “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946), directed by Tay Garnett, screen as a double bill. [2:40, 4:40, 7, and 9:05 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The  Giants play the San Diego Padres. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Pop punk: Motion City Soundtrack appears in the first of a two-night gig in which the band is playing the first four albums in its catalog. [7:30 p.m., The Fillmore, 1305 Geary Blvd., S.F. ]

Dining out

Cioppino, the classic San Francisco seafood stew, is on chef Damon Hall’s menu. The dish includes out-of-shell crab, PEI mussels, Manila clams, assorted fish, prawns, tomato-garlic broth and Asiago sourdough toast. Also recommended: a smoked barbecue platter — ribs, chicken and slightly spicy hot link, with baked beans, corn muffin and light coleslaw. [760 Second St., S.F.; (415) 227-8660]

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