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Song stylist: Veronica Klaus celebrates the release of her new recording
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Who’s in town

Novelist and two-time Booker Prize recipient Peter Carey talks about his latest book, “The Chemistry of Tears.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Lectures

‘Green Myths Busted’: Speakers discuss a new study, by the Union of Concerned Scientists, that debunks many beliefs about ways to achieve sustainable consumption. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ted Allen: The food writer and TV food and wine expert appears in conversation with chef and cookbook author Joey Altman. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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Literary events

Mariana Mora Bayo: The editor presents “Luchas ‘Muy Otras.’ Zapatismo y Autonomia en las Comunidades Indigenas de Chiapas,” with comments from Maria Elena Martinez of Chiapas.  [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

‘Open Heart Poetry’: Justice Morrighan is the featured poet this week. The evening includes open-mic presentations. [7 to 10 p.m., Om Shan Tea, 233 14th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Science ethics: Panel examines ethical issues that scientists face when they conduct research on climate change and communicate their findings to the public. [ 5 : 30 p.m., Building 380, Room 380c, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Mental Aerobics: Class explores how to keep your brain fit while having fun and socializing. [1:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Benefit

‘Adoptee Comedy Show’: Comedians Amy Anderson, Reggie Steele and Joe Klocek appear in a night of comedy benefiting the Mixed Roots Foundation. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Movies

Film noir: “I Wake Up Dreaming 2012,” a series of vintage noir films, presents the 1940s thrillers “Deadline for Murder” (8 p.m.) and “Shoot to Kill” (6:40 and 9:30 p.m.). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.roxie.com]

Get outside

Plant life: The western sword fern is a featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which is home to more than 8,000 kinds of plants from around the world. [9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, S.F.]

Local activities

Song stylist: Veronica Klaus celebrates the release of her new recording, “Something Cool,” in the first show of a two-night engagement at the Rrazz Room. [8 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Jazz violinist:
Grammy-winning jazz violinist Mads Tolling, appearing with his quartet, performs a CD release show for “Celebrating Jean-Luc Ponty: Live at Yoshi’s.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Storytelling session: Porchlight’s storytelling show has an “I Surrender” theme this month. Featured storytellers include bounty hunter Mackenzie Green and comic Heather Gold. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Art show: The Peninsula Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art presents “Size Matters,” an exhibition containing large artwork created by members of the caucus. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Avenue 25 Gallery, 32 W. 25th Ave., San Mateo]

Dining out

Daffodil Restaurant: Entrees include star anise short ribs with shiitake mushrooms and local salmon with roasted fennel, brussels sprouts, bacon and smoked tomato sauce. [665 Bush St., S.F.; (415) 343-0130]

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