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Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.: The distinguished scientific expert on aging and longevity speaks on American health care, arguing that the financial interests of drug companies have eroded the values of the medical profession and placed profit before human well-being. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Climate plan: City environmental officials discuss updates made to San Francisco’s 2004 Climate Action Plan. These include ways to reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Mark Susnow: The author (“Dancing on the River”) and former trial attorney offers a blueprint for creating the life you want to lead and a method for embracing life’s changes. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

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Matt Richtel: The author and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist launches “The Devil’s Plaything,” a novel. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Book group: Mr. Bookclub meets and discusses “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” by Aimee Bender. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Deborah M. Gordon: The biologist talks about ant colonies and how they operate and adjust to changing conditions despite having nobody in charge. [4:15 p.m., Building 260, Room 113, Stanford University]

Degree completion: USF enrollment counselors discuss bachelor’s-degree completion programs available for working adults. [6 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Admissions Presentation Room, No. 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Asian Pacific arts: The dance ensemble Na Lei Hulu and slack-key guitarist Steven Espaniola perform. [Noon, UCSF, Millberry Union Event and Meeting Center, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

API Heritage Month: Contributors to the Asian American literary-arts journal “Kartika Review: The 2009-2010 Anthology” share their work. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Creative Crafts’:
Session, for ages 8 to 18, offers the chance to try different craft projects, such as beading, weaving and drawing. Materials are provided. [3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]

Local activities

Stand-up comedy: Comedian, actor and writer Pete Holmes performs a stand-up show, which is set to be recorded live for a Comedy Central Records album. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Exhibit extended: “The Magna Carta,” one of the most important legal documents in the history of democracy, is on display at the Legion of Honor through June 12. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Ladies sing the blues: Singers Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson, Dorothy Morrison and Angela Strehli perform together as the Blues Broads, accompanied by a Bay Area all-star band. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Brie dazzled: A Hollywood screenwriter time-travels to 1920s Paris in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” [Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F., (415) 267-4893; Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F., (415) 346-3243]

Rock guitarist: Jennifer Batten, whose credits include three solo albums and playing lead guitar for Michael Jackson, brings her “Intimate Tour” to Club Fox. [8 p.m., 2223 Broadway, Redwood City]



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