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Rock and folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin plays San Francisco

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Singer-songwriter: Rock and folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin performs at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.
  • Singer-songwriter: Rock and folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin performs at Yoshi’s in San Francisco.

AROUND TOWN

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson delves into the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. His lecture focuses on the expeditions of Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott, who reached the South Pole within five weeks of each other, 100 years ago. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]





LECTURES

Lawrence Lessig: The Harvard professor, who diagnoses deep systemic problems in public processes, gives a talk titled “How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It.” [7:30 p.m., Novellus Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.; www.longnow.org]

Local elections: San Francisco’s Supervisor Sean Elsbernd and ranked-choice-voting expert Steven Hill debate the future of elections in San Francisco. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Art lecture: Evening features a tour and discussion of the exhibition “John Grillo: The Birth of Abstract Expressionism.” [6:30 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]





LITERARY EVENTS

Leigh Stein: The former New Yorker staff member talks about “The Fallback Plan,” her debut novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Feast of Words: Writer and foodie party welcomes poet Mariama Lockington and culinary guest Charleen Caabay, owner of Kainbigan, this month. [7 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.; www.somarts.org]

Tea Obreht: The debut novelist talks about “The Tiger’s Wife.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Winfred Cook: The novelist talks about “Wayfarers.” [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]





AT THE COLLEGES

Keynote talk: Artist and performer Kip Fulbeck gives the keynote talk at an event marking the official opening of UCSF’s Multicultural Resource Center. [Noon, UCSF, Golden Gate Room, Millberry Union Center, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]





PUBLIC LIBRARIES

ITVS Community Cinema: “Daisy Bates — First Lady of Little Rock,” a civil-rights documentary, is the featured film. A discussion follows the screening. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Snakes in the Library’: Hands-on program, designed for teens, covers the natural history of local species such as California king snake and Pacific gopher snake. [4 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]





AROUND THE CITY

Singer-songwriter: Rock and folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

French music: ZOFO Duet — Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann, piano four hands — performs a program of music by French composers. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Documentary screening: “Summer Pasture,” an intimate documentary about the uncertain future of Tibetan nomads, screens at the San Francisco Film Society Cinema. [2:30, 4:30, 6:30, and 8:30 p.m., 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Science comedian: Tim Lee, a comedian with a Ph.D. in ecology and evolution, performs a show featuring stand-up comedy and humorous Power Point visuals. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]





DINING OUT

Chouchou:  Dine About Town (three-course meal for $34.95) is happening at the bistro. Selections include PEI mussels marinieres, Angus hanger steak and cheese-and-mushroom souffle.  [400 Dewey Blvd., S.F.; (415) 242-0960]