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Bruce Hornsby plays The Independent in San Francisco

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Who’s in town

Author Tom Perrotta talks about his latest novel, “The Leftovers.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]


New opera: Author James B. Stewart, composer Christopher Theofanidis and the San Francisco Opera’s David Gockley discuss “Heart of a Soldier,” a new opera about 9/11. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Alan Cooper: The software design pioneer discusses the evolution of software and interaction design based on human needs, and a vision for meeting our future needs. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Science study: California Academy of Sciences educators discuss a large field study conducted in the Philippines, home to one of the world’s greatest biodiversity areas. [7 p.m., CAS, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Exploring Venice: The Leonardo Da Vinci Society presents “Venice, the Queen of the Adriatic Sea,” an illustrated lecture by Walter Romanini. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Literary events

Janet Reitman: The Rolling Stone editor talks about “Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Religion.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Kelli Stanley: The novelist talks about “City of Secrets.” [“M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Bill Moody: The novelist presents “Fade to Blue.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Roy Cloud: The writer and wine importer talks about “To Burgundy and Back Again: A Tale of Wine, France, and Brotherhood.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885-A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Steven Gdula: The local writer and street-food star talks about “Gobba Gobba Hey: A Gob Cookbook!” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Pop, jazz and bluegrass artist Bruce Hornsby performs with the Noisemakers. [8 p.m., The Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of community dancing. Today’s featured dance form: swing. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dining out

Waterfront Restaurant: Chef Fred Sassen’s menu features seafood and California cuisine. Recommended dishes include pan-seared Alaskan halibut with crispy spaetzle and brown-butter hollandaise, with savoy cabbage and roasted shallots. Also look for the grilled California king salmon and the chili-braised pork cheeks. New salad: mixed baby greens with boucheron cheese, roasted pear, and Riesling vinaigrette. [Pier 7, Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 391-2696]

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