Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang play the Rickshaw Stop 

click to enlarge African music: Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang appear; the band plays a modernized version of bubu, adding electric studio instrumentation to the traditional sound. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • African music: Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang appear; the band plays a modernized version of bubu, adding electric studio instrumentation to the traditional sound.

Who’s in town

Author Colson Whitehead presents “Zone One,” his latest novel. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

‘Success and Chocolate’:
Chocolatiers and businesswomen share the joys and challenges of creating a business around a beloved treat. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall:
World Affairs Council’s International Forum holds its July discussion. “Syria: Between a Rock and a Hard Place” is the theme. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LaborFest:
The labor festival hosts a talk titled “Fukushima, Nuclear Power and Labor.” Speakers discuss nuclear contamination in Japan and safety issues facing workers in the U.S. [7 p.m., ILWU Local 34, 801 Second St., S.F.]

Literary events

Chuck Palahniuk:
The novelist talks about “Invisible Monsters Remix.” [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Poets Jerry Martien and Carlos Suarez read from their work. An open-mic session follows. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Robert Goolrick: The best-selling author talks about “Heading Out to Wonderful,” a novel. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

At the colleges

Bach festival:
American Bach Soloists’ summer Bach festival presents a program of Bach cantatas and works by Baroque masters, performed by academy artists. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Preparing for kindergarten:
The workshop provides information for parents about what to expect when children enter kindergarten. [7 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Local activities

African music:
Sierra Leone’s Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang appear; the band plays a modernized version of bubu, adding electric studio instrumentation to the traditional sound. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

LaborFest: The Labor festival, with San Francisco City Guides, hosts a history walk titled “1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.” [10 a.m.; meet at Market Street Plaza benches, between 525 and 555 Market St., S.F.]

Dinner party:
SF Chefs hosts “Family Night: Going Basque,” a meal by chefs Jen Biesty and Alicia Jenish. Partial proceeds go to the Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture. [6:30 p.m., Grand Cafe, 501 Geary St., S.F.,  details/tickets: www.sfchefsfoodwine.com]

Community concert:
Redwood City’s Downtown Jazz series welcomes Octobop, a cool-jazz group act featuring vocalist Lisa Engleken. [6 to 8 p.m., 2600 block of Broadway, Redwood City]

Summer tunes: People in Plazas, a series presenting free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes Saddle Cats, a western-swing act. [Noon, 101 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

A-16:
Chef Christopher Thompson’s menu features Italian food, and Monday Meatballs are on the bill today. The meatball is made from pork and contains ground prosciutto. [2355 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 771-2216]

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