Raices Profundas performs at the Marines’ Memorial Theatre 

click to enlarge Cuban arts: The Havana-based group Raices Profundas performs a show of traditional and popular Cuban music and dance as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Cuban arts: The Havana-based group Raices Profundas performs a show of traditional and popular Cuban music and dance as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

Who’s in town

Author Jane Smiley gives the keynote talk at A Dickens Day Celebration, an event honoring what would be Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday year. [Noon to 8:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100 or rsvp@milibrary.org]

Lectures

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg:
The founder of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator that invests in high-achieving, disadvantaged Kenyan girls, discusses her organization’s work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Dennis Prager: The radio host and author of “Still the Best Hope” presents his sweeping argument about the future of civilization and the need for American values to triumph. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rajesh Parameswaran:
The debut fiction writer talks about “I Am an Executioner: Love Stories.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Philip E. Auerswald: The George Mason University associate professor talks about “The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Economy.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Dana Gioia: The poet talks about “Pity the Beautiful.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Amy Sueyoshi:
The San Francisco State University associate professor reads from “Queer Compulsions: Race, Nation and Sexuality in the Affairs of Yone Noguchi.” [7 p.m., GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers market:
The weekly market features fresh, seasonal and California-grown produce. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Elevator G Breezeway, UC San Francisco, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Glue-free crafts:
Participants can make brooches and other items by attaching materials together with riveting methods and screws; guests are encouraged to bring mementos to add to their creations. [4 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Documentary: “Trouble the Water,” an Oscar-nominated film about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, screens. [6:45 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Local activities

Cuban arts:
The Havana-based group Raices Profundas performs a show of traditional and popular Cuban music and dance as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bach concertos: The San Francisco Symphony presents “Baroque Delights,” a program featuring Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2, 3 and 6. Guest conductor: Jane Glover. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Video art: “Through Caverns Measureless to Man,” a video installation by Ruth Eckland inspired by the Coleridge poem “Kubla Khan” is on view at the Peninsula Art Museum. [Noon to 4 p.m., 10 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont]

Stand-up comedy: Kabir Singh and Sammy K. Obeid — a professional gambler and a UC Berkeley graduate, respectively — perform an evening of “K.O. Comedy.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: British soul and pop-rock artist James Morrison brings his “Awakening” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Dining out

Gracias Madre:
The quesadillas de camote are recommended today. The dish contains sweet potato and caramelized onions folded into tortillas with cashew nacho cheese and pumpkin-seed salsa. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]

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