March 24: British rock, Bitcoin lecture and more

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British rock: U.K. garage-rock group Palma Violets releases its second album

Who’s in town

Oilman T. Boone Pickens, CEO of BP Capital, weighs in on the price of oil and whether a contracting supply will cause prices to spike this year. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]


Private security: Sean McFate, former Army paratrooper and military contractor employee, discusses how military contractors have changed the face of warfare. [6:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Great food: Tyler Florence, chef-owner of Wayfare Tavern and Food Network host, shares tips on creating great meals. [7 p.m., Mayer Theatre, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara]

Congo story: Human-rights activist Lisa J. Shannon, founder of Run for Congo Women, shares her travels through a war-scarred African nation in “Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Literary events

Open mic: Green Apple Books invites local musicians and poets to an open-mic evening. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

R&B books: Nelson George discusses his new music-focused books — a novel, “The Lost Treasures of R&B,” and the nonfiction “The Hippest Trip in America: Soul Train and the Evolution of Culture & Style” — with Berkeley writer Adam Mansbach. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Memoir: Former Vanity Fair and Allure writer Kevin Sessums shares stories of his turbulent New York youth, including his HIV-positive diagnosis and recovery from substance abuse, in his new memoir “I Left It On the Mountain.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Shakespeare live: Performers from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival present scenes from “As You Like It” complete with costumes and music. [6:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Bitcoin talk: Olaf Carlson-Wee, the first employee of Bitcoin-based company Coinbase, discusses the encrypted digital currency and opportunities for entrepreneurs. [6 p.m., Xavier Auditorium, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Walking tour: Join San Francisco City Guides in a free walking tour of City Hall and the Civic Center. [11 a.m., meet at Main Library steps on Fulton Street between Hyde and Larkin streets, S.F.;]

Golden gloom: Indie-pop group Of Montreal, which is actually from Georgia, is touring to promote its 13th album, “Aureate Gloom.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Rock show: Guitar-driven rock group Name Parade is headlining a bill that also includes Into Weather and Blood Party. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 233 17th St., S.F.]

British rock: U.K. garage-rock group Palma Violets releases its second album, a follow-up to the acclaimed “180,” in May. [7:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

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