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Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quartet meets the Francis Wong Special Edition Quartet in ‘4×4’

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Two jazz quartets: The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quartet meets the Francis Wong Special Edition Quartet in “4x4

Who’s in town

Comedian Nick Griffin performs at the Punch Line. Griffin’s TV credits include appearances with David Letterman and Conan O’Brien and on Comedy Central. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


National Geographic: Contributors to National Geographic share fieldwork stories and studies. Speakers include authors Cynthia Gorney, Edwin Dobb and Timothy Ferris. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Talbot: The journalist and Salon.com founder discusses the civil strife and tragedies that beset San Francisco from 1967 to 1982 and led to The City’s ultimate rebirth. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

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City streets: Speakers discuss emerging visions for public thoroughfares that challenge the 20th-century paradigm of automobile-centric streets. Shaping San Francisco presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Shelby Hasbun: The San Francisco Zoo staff member discusses her participation in a climate-change study conducted at the Arctic’s edge in Manitoba, Canada. [Noon,  Lurie Education Center, San Francisco Zoo, 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]


Two poets: Jacqueline Kudler (“Easing Into Dark”) and Judy Halebsky (“Space/Gap/Interval/Distance”) read their poetry. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Imran Ahmad: The Pakistan-born, Britain-raised writer presents “The Perfect Gentleman: A Muslim Boy Meets the West.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

John T. Edge: The Southern food authority talks about “The Food Truck Cookbook.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Paul Ingrassia: The author of “Engines of Change” discusses how the automobile has propelled and reflected the American experience. [7 p.m., Automotive Innovation Facility, 473 Oak Road, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Elder care: The Eldercare Services program addresses what to do when a parent shows signs of memory loss. [6:30 p.m., Presidio Branch, 3150 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Green living: Six pros offer helpful advice on “going green without going broke.” [6:30 p.m., Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

Local activities

Two jazz quartets: The Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quartet meets the Francis Wong Special Edition Quartet in “4×4,” a special concert for one night only. [8 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Spring cocktails: Bartenders and chefs take part in “May Flowers: Cocktails of the Farmers Market,” an evening of drinks and food containing floral essences, edible flowers and spring crops. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Ferry Building, The Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]

Outdoor dance: Kathryn Roszak’s Danse Lumiere presents “BridgeDance,” a performance created for the 75th birthday of the Golden Gate Bridge. [12:30 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Art exhibit:
The San Mateo County History Museum presents “Romance of the Rail,” an exhibit of paintings by local artist Fred Sinclair Jr. of trains that have traveled down the Peninsula. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dining out

Parallel 37: Crispy soft-shell crab, with mango and red-onion chutney and micro cilantro, is a recommended appetizer. A highlighted entree is the local king salmon. [Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 773-6168]

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