Comic Tommy Johnagin performs at the Punch Line 

click to enlarge Comic Tommy Johnagin, seen on “Live at Gotham” and “The Late Show” with David Letterman, performs at the Punch Line. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Comic Tommy Johnagin, seen on “Live at Gotham” and “The Late Show” with David Letterman, performs at the Punch Line.

Who’s in town

New York Times columnist and best-selling author Gail Collins talks about her new book, “As Texas Goes: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda.” [Noon, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto; 8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Steven Saylor: The novelist and expert on Roman politics talks about “The Seven Wonders: A Novel of the Ancient World.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lev Grossman: The book critic and best-selling novelist talks about “The Magicians” and “The Magician King.” [7 p.m., Cubberley Community Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Elise Frances Miller: The novelist talks about “A Time to Cast Away Stones.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Lectures

Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim: South Africa’s deputy minister of international relations and cooperation discusses Africa’s conflict zones and the role his country is playing as a mediator. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lindsey Hilsum: The international editor for the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 News provides a concentrated look at Libya under Gaddafi and the revolution that brought him down. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Frank Deford: The Sports Illustrated writer and longtime chronicler of American culture discusses his life as a sportswriter. [6 p.m.,Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jack Curtis Dubowsky: The composer-filmmaker discusses “Submerged Queer Spaces,” a documentary exploring the architectural remains of former LGBT gathering spots. [7 p.m., GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., S.F.]

David Kruse-Pickler: The San Francisco Botanical Garden associate curator presents “A Pictorial Trip to the Cloud Forests of Indonesia, Costa Rica and Ecuador.” [5 p.m., SFBG, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

At the colleges

Open house: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides learning opportunities for people age 50 and up, hosts an open house. [2 to 4 p.m., SFSU, Downtown Campus sixth floor, 835 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Frida and Diego’: The program, presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, looks at the art of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. [2 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Documentary film: Filmmaker Eric Slade screens “Hope Along the Wind,” his documentary about 20th-century gay-rights and labor-rights advocate Harry Hay. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local Activities

Stand-up comedy: Comic Tommy Johnagin, seen on “Live at Gotham” and “The Late Show” with David Letterman, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Cherry trees: A ceremonial planting of cherry-blossom trees takes place in Union Square in honor of the centennial of the United States and Japan’s tradition of exchanging the gift of cherry trees. [10 a.m. to noon, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Mozart opera: The San Francisco Opera presents Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Romance, spiritual transcendence and bird catching transpire. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Mateo County Fair: In honor of Police Actitivies League Day, admission is free until 3 p.m. Today’s concert: Tower of Power at 7:30 p.m. [11 a.m. to 10 p.m, County Fairgrounds, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Dining Out

Burritt Room and Tavern: Starters and share dishes include oysters and charcuterie plates. Recent entrees include Pacific sea bass with Basque-inspired nage, mussels, squid and piperade. [417 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 400-0561]

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