August 27: Ruth Asawa memorial and other S.F. events

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Who's in town

Lukman Faily, Iraq's ambassador to the United States, speaks at the Commonwealth Club. [Noon, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Rising sea level: Three scientists discuss the changes we may see in the Bay due to rising sea levels and examine how wetland restoration can help the Bay adapt to these changes. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Richard Louv: The “Last Child in the Woods” author, who coined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” discusses a future in which our lives are immersed in nature as well as technology. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jon Voss: The director of Historypin, a project that allows millions to share history through photos and stories, speaks at the San Francisco History Association's August meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Eco-district plan: Speakers discuss the status of efforts aimed at setting up an eco-district in San Francisco's Central Corridor Plan area. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Alex Pang: The Stanford technology guru discusses “The Distraction Addiction.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book group: The Fourth Tuesday (Margie's) Book Club discusses “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Dave Prager: The author and humorist talks about “Delirious Delhi,” a memoir. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Frederik L. Schodt: The historian discusses “Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan — and Japan to the West.” [5 p.m., Fromm Hall, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Reading series: Radar Reading series, featuring underground and emerging writers, presents its August edition. Readers include Dodie Bellamy and Alejandro Murguia. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Art lecture: Museum docent Marsha Holm discusses the exhibition “Impressionists on the Water,” currently on view at the Legion of Honor. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Asawa memorial

A memorial service for sculptor Ruth Asawa, who died Aug. 6 at age 87, takes place across from the de Young Museum, where guests can view her work. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local activities

Midday music: Pianist Eliane Lust performs a program of solo piano music by Chopin and Rzewski. Noontime Concerts presents the “Piano Month” event. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Alternative rock: The Breeders, the 1990s-formed alternative-rock band, kick off a two-night engagement at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Joe Bartnick performs a show. Bartnick's credits include “Dirty Jokes the Movie,” “King of Clubs” and “Salute! Recorded in San Francisco,” his 2012 CD. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rosa Mexicano: Chez David Suarez creates Mexican dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The sashimi-style ahi tuna ceviche is highlighted today. It is served on six slices of watermelon with pickled habañero and orange segments and tossed with lime juice and agave nectar. Also recommended, highly, is the guacamole. A signature dish, it is prepared tableside. [30 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 874-4300]

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