Getty Images file photoWhipping it: Rock and new-wave bands Blondie and Devo bring their “Whip It to Shreds” tour

Blondie and Devo set to ‘Whip It to Shreds’ at the Warfield

Who’s in town

Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, speaks. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Politics and media: Diane Dwyer, NBC Bay Area news anchor, and Randy Shandobil, of Shandobil Communications, discuss the media’s role in shaping presidential politics. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Adam Gazzaley: The founding director of UCSF’s Neuroscience Imaging Center gives a talk titled “Video Games as Cognitive Enhancers.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; sold out; visit www.commonwealthclub.org to get on waitlist]

Literary events

Seth Rosenfeld: The journalist talks about “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals and Reagan’s Rise to Power.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Judith Horstman:
The journalist, editor and professor talks about “The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Graphic-novel authors:
Raina Telgemeier (“Drama”), Doug Tennapel (“Cardboard”) and James Burks (“Bird and Squirrel on the Run”) discuss storytelling in graphic novels. [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Open Heart Poetry: Paul Corman-Roberts is the featured poet. The evening also includes tea and open-mic presentations. [7 to 10 p.m., Om Shan Tea, 233 14th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Pixar films: The program features excerpts from animated films from Pixar studios, with commentary by art director Tia Kratter. [5:30 p.m., Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall, USF,  2130 Fulton St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 422-6828]

Architecture talk:
Minimaforms co-director Theodore Spyropoulos,  also director of the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab, speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

First Monday Movies: “Suspicion” (1941), directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine, is September’s featured film. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Clown act: Boswick, a former Ringling circus clown, performs a show of magic, juggling and comedy for all ages. [4 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Local activities

Whipping it: Rock and new-wave bands Blondie and Devo bring their “Whip It to Shreds” tour, featuring songs old and new, to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Lindy-hop classes: Swing or Nothing launches a four-week session of lindy-hop dance classes. No partner or dance experience is needed. [6:45 to 9:45 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.; register: www.swingornothing.com/mondays]

Opera workshops: San Francisco Opera launches a four-week workshop session for adults. Participants can experience the creation of an opera. [7 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 864-3330 or education@sfopera.com]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Diane Amos, Malcolm Grissom, Jill Bourque, Bob McIntyre and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor this month. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Georges: The octopus Bolognese with house-made saffron reginette and aglio olio is described as particularly special. The heirloom-tomato and burrata salad, too, is recommended. [415 Sansome St., S.F.; (415) 956-6900]

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