September 4: ZZ Ward and other S.F. events

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Who's in town

Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, speaks with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; waitlist has been created for sold-out event]

Lectures

Michael Dear: The UC Berkeley professor discusses U.S.-Mexico border issues, offering insights into bi-national geopolitics, immigration-reform prospects and other subjects. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin jazz percussionist conducts a session in a six-Wednesday “Discover Jazz” series. “The Spirit of the Drum” is the theme. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Ask a Scientist: The cafe lecture series holds its September gathering. “The Neuroscience of Magic” is the theme. Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley and magician Robert Strong speak. [7 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Sanjay Basu: The physician and epidemiologist discusses “The Body Economic.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Mark Brennan Rosenberg: The author and comedian talks about “Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming, and Coping With My Crazy Family.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The San Francisco Travel Book Club discusses “A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco” by Suzanna Clarke. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Nursing programs: USF's School of Nursing hosts an information session detailing undergraduate programs available in nursing and other health fields. [4 p.m., Presentation Room 216, Lone Mountain campus, USF, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Jason Brock: The jazz and pop singer, a finalist on “The X Factor,” performs a concert. [1:10 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1660 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Online privacy: Computer scientist Jan Schaumann looks at tools that may help protect online communications and decrease the amount of (meta-)data available to government agencies. [5:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Opera lecture: The San Francisco Opera Guild hosts a musicologist talk on “Mefistofele,” the opera by Arrigo Boito. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

<p>'Down & dirty' blues

Blues-hop and soul artist ZZ Ward brings her “Down & Dirty Shine” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

Community salsa: Salsa in the Square, a community dance party, features a DJ set, salsa dance lessons, live music and open dancing. Los Boleros provide the music this month. [6 to 8 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Dan Cummins, seen on Comedy Central and in late-night appearances with Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson, performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Neo-folk band: King Dude, a neo-folk and doom-folk band, performs at the Chapel. The EP “Holy Trinity” is among the band's recent releases. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Namu Gaji: Chef Dennis Lee creates New Korean American cuisine featuring fresh crops from the restaurant's farm and beyond. The mushroom plate is highlighted today. The lasagna-like dish contains portobello and shiitake mushrooms, tofu, ricotta, chili oil and almond. Also recommended is a seasonal cold plate: heirloom tomatoes with potatoes, gherkins, Broncha, and hot-dog powder. [499 Dolores St., S.F.; (415) 431-6268]

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