Nov. 20: Drinking history, NightLife and more 

click to enlarge ConVerge celebrates the Riot Grrrl movement and the "Alien She" exhibit with art, a self-defense workshop by Oakland's Girl Army, music by Party Bus and more. [4-8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • ConVerge celebrates the Riot Grrrl movement and the "Alien She" exhibit with art, a self-defense workshop by Oakland's Girl Army, music by Party Bus and more. [4-8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Dan Pashman, host of the Cooking Channel's "You're Eating It Wrong," shares his cheeky new book, "Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious." [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Beans and brew: Leaders from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Thanksgiving Coffee Co. and TCHO Chocolate discuss the negative impact of global warming on beer, coffee and chocolate production. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Drinking responsibly: Journalist Janet Fletcher, author of "Down to Earth: A Seasonable Tour of Sustainable Winegrowing in California," moderates a panel of vintners and growers making strides toward sustainability. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Gentrification forum: A panel discusses gentrification's impact on one of San Francisco's most vulnerable populations: People who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Boozy book: Rod Phillips' "Alcohol: A History" surveys the 9,000-year history of wine, beer and spirits. [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Hip-hop history: Artist Ed Piskor is marking the release of a new deluxe edition of his hip-hop books, "Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1-2: 1975-1983." [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Origami instruction: Shinta Arifin leads a session on the Japanese art of folding paper. [3:30 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Native words: Poet Vincent Medina presents stories, songs and more in languages indigenous to California. The event is linked to the exhibit "Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy," on view at the Main Library through Jan. 4. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Basketball game: San Francisco State University's women's basketball team is hosting Minnesota State-Moorhead. [5 p.m., gymnasium, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

AIDS benefit: DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, is marking three decades with a benefit party. [6 p.m., NwBlk, 1999 Bryant St., S.F.; diffasf.org]

CCSF film fest: The Festival of the Moving Image has two programs celebrating the best of City College of San Francisco's cinema and broadcasting departments. [7 and 8:45 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.] Memorial: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center marks the Transgender Day of Remembrance with a memorial for trans people who have lost their lives to violence. [6 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.]

Dance performance: Choreographer Katharine Hawthorne presents "ClockWork," which explores everyday interactions with technology in two pieces, "Pulse" and "The Escapement." [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Art show: ConVerge celebrates the Riot Grrrl movement and the "Alien She" exhibit with art, a self-defense workshop by Oakland's Girl Army, music by Party Bus and more. [4-8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Closing soon: Composer and performance artist Surabhi Saraf taps Indian classic music and experimental sounds in "Remedies," a video installation inspired by her family's pharmaceutical factory in India. [10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Hosfelt Gallery, 260 Utah St., S.F.]

NightLife: "BiteLife" is the theme of this week's NightLife at the Academy, with lectures about mealtime in the animal kingdom, a lesson on how to prepare "turducken sausage" by 4505 Meats, music by Sweater Funk DJs and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy show: Eddie Ifft, who has appeared on "Last Comic Standing" and "Chelsea Lately," headlines a bill that also includes Jesus Trejo and Rodger Lizaola. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Indie rock: Singer-songwriter Chadwick Stokes, known for traveling by freight train and playing living room shows, is working on his new album. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Country rock: Portland, Ore.'s Hook & Anchor is touring to promote its self-titled debut album. [9 a.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

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