San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee discusses the issues at the Commonwealth Club 


Best-selling writer and National Book Award finalist Francine Prose talks about her latest novel, “My New American Life.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Mission Beach Cafe:
It’s “Pot Pie Tuesday” at the restaurant. Four pot pies are available: rabbit (with roasted turnips, baby parsnips, toy-box carrots, and veloute); seafood (with artichoke hearts, roasted bell peppers, fennel, and shellfish fumet); Prather Ranch beef short rib (with grilled broccolini and trumpet mushrooms); and vegetable (with braised greens and cipollini onions). [198 Guerrero St., S.F.; (415) 861-0198]

Paul Gilding:
The former CEO of Greenpeace International gives a talk titled “Curbing Consumption: Forging a New Economic Model.” [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
Les Hinton: The CEO of Dow Jones & Company discusses information in the digital era, the role of journalists, and harnessing technology to find intelligence amid the noise. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
Tim Flannery: The Australian biologist, whose latest book is “Here on Earth: A New Beginning,” speaks. The Long Now Foundation presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., Marines Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]
Digestive health: Three experts in the field discuss the most common maladies of the digestive tract. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Timothy Ferris:
The best-selling science writer appears in conversation. “The Science of Liberty” is his most recent book. City Arts and Lectures presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
Rikki Ducornet: The novelist reads from “Netsuke.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
Robert Vamosi: The award-winning journalist and analyst talks about “When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of Our Infatuation With New Technologies.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]
Rachel DeWoskin: The novelist presents “Big Girl Small.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Plaza, S.F.]

John Micklethwait:
The editor-in-chief of The Economist speaks. [4:30 p.m., Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford University, Stanford]

Library tour:
Tour of Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor facelift received by the Civic Center institution. [Noon, Main Library, Atrium (meet at information desk), 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
Film program:
“Captain Josh and the Drill Team,” about a retired longshoreman and the team of union members he trained to march and sing out, is the featured film. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Evening with the mayor:
San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee discusses the issues. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
Stand-up show:
Comedian and author Aaron Karo, whose books include “I’m Having More Fun Than You,” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]
Interactive exhibits: Hyatt Regency San Francisco’s Hyatt Culture Club presents exhibits from the Exploratorium throughout May in the hotel lobby. Attractions include “Giant Chair” and “Suspense.” [5 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

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