Bell Biv DeVoe begins two-night gig at Yoshi’s in San Francisco

Who’s in town

Gene Cretz, U.S. ambassador to Libya, discusses U.S.-Libya relations and Libya-related NATO operations and international diplomatic efforts. The World Affairs Council and the Marines’ Memorial Association present the program. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Veena Srinivasan: The Pacific Institute research associate discusses the impending problems of India’s water supply and the plans for building a long-lasting water-distribution system. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Eva Chrysanthe: The writer and illustrator discusses the forces that led to mass poaching on the Farallones, and scientists’ successful efforts to preserve the islands’ ecology. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Birds and nests: Speakers discuss the history of egg and nest collecting, the habits of nest-building birds and bird-related conservation. [7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jane Fonda: The actress, author and workout pioneer discusses “Prime Time: Making the Most of Your Life.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Dennis Lehane: The author, whose books include “Mystic River,” “Shutter Island” and “Moonlight Mile,” appears in conversation with author and film-noir scholar Eddie Muller. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

David Levien: The crime novelist talks about “Thirteen Million Dollar Pop.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

At the colleges

Book talk: Forgotten Classics series presents a discussion of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The House of the Seven Gables.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Stage production: Pierre Beaumarchais’ 18th-century classic “The Barber of Seville” gets a modern spin in this production featuring a commedia dell’arte troupe. [7 p.m., SFSU, Creative Arts building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Meet the animals: Farm-animal petting zoo features rabbits, goats and ducks. [10 a.m. to noon, Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Harvest party: The California Historical Society hosts an “Evening With the Collection,” a celebration offering a peek into its collection of harvest- and agriculture-themed items. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@calhist.org]

Jocular science: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Comedy NightLife With SF Sketchfest.” Guests include Adam Savage of “MythBusters.” [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F.]

Outdoor movie: Redwood City’s Movies on the Square series presents the animated adventure “Toy Story 3” (2010). [8:15 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Summer jazz: Le Jazz Hot, the music quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, performs at Stanford Shopping Center. The concert is part of SFJazz’s Summerfest lineup. [6 p.m., 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Filmmaker spotlight: “Viva Pedro,” a series of films by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, presents “Talk to Her” (2:45 and 7 p.m.) and “All About My Mother” (4:55 and 9:10 p.m.). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

R&B show: Bell Biv DeVoe, the trio that branched off from the New Edition, continues to play “New Jack Swing” in the first of a two-night gig at Yoshi’s. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Dining out

Luella: Chef Ben de Vries and general manager Leah Lidsky feature Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Seasonal dishes include a stone-fruit salad with Bing cherries, nectarines, almonds, goat cheese and wild arugula in a red-wine vinaigrette. Also recommended: burrata with roasted baby beets, mâche and mint; and Santa Rosa plum cake with raspberry sauce and chantilly cream. [1896 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 674-4343]

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