Courtesy photoOrchid guru: Bruce Rogers

Bruce Rogers leads workshop on thriving orchids

Who’s in town

Mark Bittman, New York Times food writer and author of the “How to Cook Everything” series, is interviewed onstage by 7×7 alumna Jessica Battilana. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Hedrick Smith: The PBS producer and former New York Times reporter discusses the decline and the future of the American dream. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Abraham Verghese:
The physician and author (“Cutting for Stone”) discusses his two fields. Menlo-Atherton Foundation for the Future presents the talk. [7 p.m., M-A Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]

America’s Cup: Speakers discuss the impact of the America’s Cup on Pier 27, the waterfront and the local economy, and how San Franciscans can help make the event benefit all. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Rich: The screenwriter turned novelist talks about “Caravan of Thieves.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Chick lit: Authors Meg Donahue (“How to Eat a Cupcake”), Anna Leftler (“Chicktionary”) and Katie Crouch (“Men and Dogs”) share their work in an evening of chick lit and wine. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Book discussion: Thornton Wilder’s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” is the featured book. [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Photography show: Photojournalist Najib Joe Hakim explores conditions in war-torn Lebanon, along with his family history, in “Born Among Mirrors,” a photo exhibit. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Jewett Gallery, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Dog Talk’: The San Francisco SPCA’s Kathy Brody, joined by a canine pal, discusses how to read dog body language and safely approach dogs in this session for children of all ages. [11 a.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Orchid guru: Bruce Rogers, author of “The Orchid Whisperer,” leads a workshop on how to grow thriving orchids. Bring your ailing flowers and he’ll diagnose their ills. [6 to 8 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Alzheimer’s care: Home Instead Senior Care hosts a workshop on caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. [1:30 p.m., Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St., S.F.; RSVP to Jill Melvin at (415) 441-6490]

Cocktail Week: San Francisco Cocktail Week hosts Spirited Food Trucks, a cocktail and street-cart event in the SoMa StrEat Food Park. [6 to 9 p.m., 428 11th St., S.F.; www.sfcocktailweek.com]

Contemporary art: Chinese Culture Center presents “Women,” an exhibit in which 13 contemporary artists from China and the United States explore gender and sexual identity. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series hosts an evening of community dancing, plus instruction. This week’s dance form: swing. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Dining out

Hog & Rocks: The fried chicken, served with Jimmy Nardello peppers, smoked and smashed heirloom potatoes, and chicken jus, is popular. Also recommended: the pork belly and clams. [3431 19th St., S.F.; (415) 550-8627]

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