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Blues artist Otis Taylor performs at Biscuit and Blues

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Who’s in town

Water 1st International founder and executive director Marla Smith-Nilson, talks about how to end the cycle of poverty by first providing people with clean water. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Joe Cirincione: The Ploughshares Fund president discusses Iran’s nuclear program as well as the debate in Washington about how to deal with it. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Erica Weirich: The Global Health Research Foundation founder discusses improving health care through technology and cultural understanding in underserved populations. [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Moe Flannery:
The California Academy of Sciences’ collections manager discusses coastline expeditions taking place as part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. [12:30 p.m., CAS, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Literary events

Heli Perrett: The sociologist, bacteriologist and expert on food and women’s issues talks about “The Safe Food Handbook: How to Make Smart Food Choices About Risky Foods.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Small press:
The event, with readings by Tamim Ansary, Kemble Scott, Joe Quirk, Ransom Stephens and James Warner, introduces Numina Press, a new small literary collaborative. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Don Lattin:
The journalist talks about “The Harvard Psychedelic Club.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Greil Marcus:
The music journalist and culture critic talks about “Bob Dylan: Writings 1968-2010.” [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Nina Simons:
The Bioneers founder launches “Moonrise.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

At the public library

Laura Stec: The author of “Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming” gives pointers on how to eat in an environmentally friendly way. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

The environmental advocate and Saatchi & Saatchi CEO receives InForum’s 21st Century Award for his efforts to help others understand sustainability. [Details]

Local activities

Emanuel Ax: The classical pianist appears in recital, performing works by Schubert. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford; advance tickets are sold out; a few tickets might be available at the door]

Bittersweet Cafe’s Seneca Klassen gives a presentation on the Theobroma cacao, from pod to chocolate. [6:30 p.m., San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; register: www.sfbotanicalgardensociety.org]

Volunteers wanted: The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program seeks volunteers to grow and care for native plants at the Presidio Native Plant Nursery. [1 to 4 p.m.; details/RSVP: www.parksconservancy.org]

Blues man: Blues artist Otis Taylor performs with his band. The evening showcases his latest album, “Clovis People, Vol. 3.” [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining out

Americano Restaurant and Bar: Look for a crab dinner and champagne pairing today ($40; wine sold by the glass and bottle separately). Chef Cory Stewart’s menu includes County Line chicory salad with polenta croutons, Parmigiano and citrus; Dungeness crab with roasted garlic butter and salsa verde; and apple huckleberry pie with vanilla ice cream. [8 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 278 -3777]

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