Author Susan Pohlman talks about marriage and faith 

Who's in town

Susan Pohlman: The author of the memoir “Halfway to Each Other” shares how faith and a desire to keep her family together saved her marriage from divorce. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Todd J. Henry: The director of the Research Consortium on Nearby Stars, at Georgia State University, discusses a recently conducted star and planet census and its surprising results in regard to how many small, red neighbors exist near the sun. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its August discussion. “Has the War on Drugs Failed?” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: “The Philosophy of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita” is the topic of this month’s discussion. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Left Coast Writers: Author Todd Crawshaw talks about “Light-Years in the Dark, StoryPoems,” which features a hybrid genre of poetry and short story. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book group: The Broken Compass Adventure Book Club discusses “Law of the Jungle,” by John Otis. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Crime novel: The program features a discussion of Lawrence Block’s “A Long Line of Dead Men.” [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Outdoors

Plant life: The yew tree (Taxus baccata) is a current featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. The garden is home to more than 8,000 types of plants from around the world. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes senior citizens. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications, and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Blues star: Grammy-winning blues artist Robert Cray performs with his band. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Candidate forum: San Francisco mayoral candidates discuss their views on the issues and their plans for The City. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Pittsburgh Pirates. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Keyed in: “Pianomania,” a German-Austrian documentary about Steinway & Sons master tuner Stefan Knupfer and his search for the perfect tone, is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [2:50, 5, and 7:10 p.m., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Carla Clayy, Joe Klocek, Nick Leonard, Karinda Dobbins, and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor this month.
[8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

Dining out

Americano Restaurant and Bar: Chef Kory Stewart cooks California and Italian cuisine, and the duck leg confit is recommended today. The dish includes smoked duck prosciutto, vanilla-butter sauteed figs, hazelnut gnocchi, and fresh snap beans (grown in the chef’s backyard). [8 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 278 -3777]

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