Singer-songwriter Sam Roberts and his band play The Independent 

Who’s in town

Magician Ricky Jay, considered one of the world’s greatest sleight-of-hand artists, appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


New urbanism:
The two-part program looks at how the climate imperative will affect community design, and at land-use and mobility issues in a carbon-constrained world. [10 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lera Boroditsky: The psychologist and cognitive-linguistics scholar reviews data revealing the often surprising ways in which the languages we speak shape how we think. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jack Dorsey: The Twitter co-founder and groundbreaking technologist is honored with Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tim Harford: The economist and author of “Adapt” argues for the importance of adaptive trial and error in tackling challenges ranging from the global to the personal. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Art and politics: Lincoln Cushing and Tim Drescher give a presentation on the lost murals and forgotten political posters that were made in San Francisco in the 1970s. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Food policy: Speakers discuss the status of work that grew out of the mayor’s food directive and talk about potential upcoming directions for local food policy. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Lisa Lutz and David Hayward
: The novelists talk about “Heads You Lose.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Architecture talk:
Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, whose work features shrewd analysis, playful experimentation social responsibility and humor, speaks. [6:30 p.m., Clark Center Auditorium, Stanford University]

Local activities

Indie rock:
Singer-songwriter Sam Roberts and his band perform a concert in support of their new album, “Collider.” [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Sweet treats: Emily Luchetti: The award-winning executive pastry chef at Waterbar and Farallon restaurants talks about her new book “The Fearless Baker.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Foster-care benefit: The John Burton Foundation hosts “F* Is for Foster,” a fundraiser held to raise awareness of foster-youth needs. The event includes food, wine, beer and entertainment. [6 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Balinese arts:
The Asian Art Museum hosts artist demonstrations in which dozens of colored-dough figures representing the cosmos are created for a spectacular offering. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dining out

Gracias Madre:
Chef Carmen Vasquez creates organic, vegan Mexican fare made with seasonal, locally grown crops. Particularly popular dishes include the quesadillas, with cashew nacho “cheese” and pumpkin-seed salsa. Recent menu items also include pozole (hominy stew in ancho-chile broth); chile relleno; tamal; empanada; enchiladas con mole; tacos with a choice of vegetables; and desserts. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]

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