David Berkeley presents ‘140 Goats and a Guitar’

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Who’s in town

Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, lays out a new direction for American policy on resolving the Israeli-Arab and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, along with a new rulebook for conducting the conversation on Israel in the American Jewish community. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Rafiq Dossani: The Stanford University research scholar examines the challenges facing the Muslim-Indian community of India. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz artist and ethnomusicologist presents the second lecture in a series exploring the history and relevance of the Cuban Son music and dance genre. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Christopher Boucher: The fiction writer and Post Road Magazine managing editor talks about “How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive,” a novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Mary B. Morrison: The novelist talks about “The Eternal Engagement.” [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

Book group:
The SFLGBT Book Club discusses “Quarantine” by Rahul Mehta. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Health websites: The Mechanics’ Institute library hosts a class designed to help Internet users find and evaluate health-related websites. [10 a.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Mystery novelists: Sisters in Crime presents an evening with mystery writers Dana Fredsti, Rita Lakin, Patricia Morin and Simon Wood. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Art talk: The lecture explores the art of Pablo Picasso. The event is designed to complement the Picasso exhibition on view at the de Young Museum. [6:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Local events

Books and music: David Berkeley, a local indie singer-songwriter, presents “140 Goats and a Guitar.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

History tour: San Francisco Museum and Historical  Society hosts a tour of Civic Center and City Hall. “Architecture, History and Mythology” is the theme. [1 p.m.; meet at Pioneer Monument, Fulton Street near Larkin Street, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Eddie Ifft performs. “Premium Blend,” “Comic View” and “Chelsea Lately” are some of his TV credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Outdoor concert: Crosscut, a locally based rock and blues band, performs in Union Square. [6 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Aid-worker recruitment: Doctors Without Borders hosts an information session for both doctors and nondoctors interested in becoming international aid workers. [7 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.; RSVP: www.doctorswithoutborders.org]

Dining out

Hog & Rocks: Seasonal dishes include a pork and peach salad, with whiskey-glazed pork belly, peaches, Bloomsdale spinach, red frilly mustard greens and candied mustard seeds. Also recommended: Gulf Coast flounder. It is dredged on one side with bread crumbs, pan-cooked and served on toy-box cherry tomatoes with Japanese eggplant, sweet-corn puree and parsley and tarragon salsa verde. [3431 19th St., S.F.; (415) 550-8627]

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