Acoustic guitar star Leo Kottke performs at Yoshi’s 

click to enlarge Guitar virtuoso: Acoustic guitar star Leo Kottke performs at Yoshi’s. Kottke is known for his innovative finger-picking style and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Guitar virtuoso: Acoustic guitar star Leo Kottke performs at Yoshi’s. Kottke is known for his innovative finger-picking style and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies.

Who’s in town

Best-selling author Lisa See talks about her new novel, “Dreams of Joy.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

David John Scheffer:
The nation’s first ambassador-at-large for war-crimes issues discusses atrocity crimes past, present and future and how indicted leaders will be dealt with. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Katherine Boo: The New Yorker staff writer gives a talk titled “Slums of Mumbai,” exploring the socioeconomic realities of the most disadvantaged citizens of the world’s largest democracy. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Joan Steinau Lester:
The author, commentator and columnist talks about “Black, White, Other.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mickey Huff: The Project Censored director talks about “Censored 2012: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2010-2011.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Gabrielle Hamilton: The chef and restaurant owner talks about “In Blood, Butter, and Bones.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

John Van der Zee: The editor of “San Francisco Childhood: Memories of a Great City Seen Through the Eyes of Its Children” talks about this collection of stories. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Camille Utterback:
The artist discusses her interactive installations and her artistic and technical processes. [5:30 p.m., Cummings Art Building, AR2, Stanford University, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Social Media Week: SFSU’s Downtown Campus is hosting Social Media Week events. Today’s events look at “Finding a Niche” and “The Future of Sharing.” [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 835 Market St., S.F.; www.sfsu.edu]

At the public library

Ramona Ausubel:
The author talks about her debut novel, “No One Here Except All of Us.” [7 p.m., Palo Alto Library, 270 Forrest Ave., Palo Alto]

Public-speaking coach: Matt Abrahams, author of “Speaking Up Without Freaking Out,” offers techniques for managing public-speaking anxiety. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Guitar virtuoso:
Acoustic guitar star Leo Kottke performs at Yoshi’s. Kottke is known for his innovative finger-picking style and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Romantic mixer: “Sensuality Night” is the theme of tonight’s Matcha mixer at the Asian Art Museum. Highlights include an intimate tea lounge and a graphic-memoir reading by MariNaomi. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Beats and brews: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Beer Week NightLife With Noise Pop.” Guests include local brew makers and the electro-pop band Class Actress. [6 to 10 p.m., 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

R&B artist: Hip-hop and R&B singer-songwriter Lauryn Hill performs music from “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

B44: Chef Daniel Olivella’s menu features Catalan cuisine with a modern touch. The tapas and paellas are always recommended, and signature dishes include arros negre rice, squid, clams, sepia, peas, bell pepper, squid ink and mortar allioli (traditional sauce). Also look for the sea bass, with leeks, fingerling potatoes, smoked bacon and thyme. [44 Belden Place, S.F.; (415) 986-6287]

Movies and more

Oscar shorts: All 10 best short film Oscar nominees are screening in two separate shows — a live-action and an animated program. [Lumiere Theatre, 1572 California St., S.F.; and Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

Thriller and memoir:
“Granito: How to Nail a Dictator,” Pamela Yates’ documentary about genocide in Guatemala, will screen; the event also features guest speaker Almudena Bernabeu, a legal prosecutor. [7:15 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Star chefs: Chefs from some of San Francisco’s most talked-about restaurants, including Bar Agricole’s Brandon Jew, take part in a culinary panel discussion. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

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