Demetri Martin makes bookstore and club stop in San Francisco 

click to enlarge Author and comic Demetri Martin makes a bookstore stop and a comedy club appearance. [3 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.; 7:30 and 10 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Author and comic Demetri Martin makes a bookstore stop and a comedy club appearance. [3 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.; 7:30 and 10 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Who’s in town

  • Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, speaks at the World Affairs Council. The state of human rights around the world is the focus of his talk. [7 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Water security: Western-water experts Scott Miller and Kimery Wiltshire discuss successful and sustainable steps communities are taking to make sure they have water in the future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Chris Pollock: The local historian speaks at the San Francisco History Association’s March meeting. “Remnants of San Francisco: Pieces of the Bygone City” is his topic. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Ellen Sussman: The novelist talks about “The Paradise Guest House.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]
  • Terry Bisson: The science-fiction writer talks about “Any Day Now.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]
  • Joelle Fraser: The essayist and journalist talks about “The Forest House: A Year’s Journey Into the Landscape of Love, Loss, and Starting Over.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • Laena McCarthy: New York’s “jam queen” talks about “Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • John Holloway: The author (“Crack Capitalism”) and sociologist, who writes about Marxist theory and anti-capitalist struggles, speaks. [7 p.m., Namaste Hall, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Sean’s Shadows: Puppeteer Sean Powers presents “The Gingerbread Man,” a classic folktale retold in shadows, for ages 4 and older. [2:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]
  • Art show: Local artist Mikhail Petrenko presents “Children’s Books and Russian Cubism,” an exhibit spotlighting 20th-century Russian artist Vladimir Lebedev. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., children’s center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Lit and wit

  • Author and comic Demetri Martin makes a bookstore stop and a comedy club appearance. [3 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.; 7:30 and 10 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Indie-rock: Caveman, an indie-rock quintet from Brooklyn, performs a concert in support of the group’s self-titled sophomore album. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]
  • Grand opening: The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation celebrates the opening of the Kelly Cullen Community, a project with 172 supportive-housing units for homeless locals. [11 a.m., 220 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.; www.tndc.org/kcc]
  • British band: Veronica Falls, an indie-pop band from London, performs in San Francisco. “Waiting for Something to Happen” is the group’s new album. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]
  • Art show: SOMArts Cultural Center hosts “Overturn the Artifice,” a multimedia group exhibit exploring the role of the artist as social activist and spiritual guide. [Noon to 7 p.m., 934 Brannan St., S.F.]
  • Waterbar: The octopus carpaccio is recommended today. For an entree, look for a nonseafood item, grilled California lamb. It is served with crema fritta, mint, Swiss chard and apricot mostarda. [399 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 284-9922]

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