Carly Ozard presents ‘Something Wonderful?’

Cabaret artist: Carly Ozard presents her new cabaret show

PERSON IN TOWN

Retired Chilean judge Juan Guzman Tapia, who is most recognized for having prosecuted former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on human rights charges, discusses transitional justice in Chile. His talk is scheduled to focus on his work defending the human rights of marginalized populations. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LECTURES

Bates Gill: The director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute discusses the deepening relations between China and North Korea. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ian Frazier:
The humorist and author, who is known for his contributions to The New Yorker, appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bart Ney:
The Caltrans spokesman for the Bay Bridge gives a presentation on the construction of the bridge’s new eastern span. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Carter F. Ham: The U.S. military general, who is commander of U.S. Africa Command, speaks. [5:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; to register: (415) 673-6672, ext. 229]

‘Communicating Science’:
Speakers discuss how to create a science-savvy public and why it is important to try. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

LITERARY

Fariba Nawa: The Afghan-American journalist talks about “Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords, and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Chris Matthews: The host of NBC’s “Hardball” talks about “Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero.” [10:30 a.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Two translators: Steven T. Murray (aka Reg Keeland) and Tiina Nunnally, translators of Nordic crime fiction, discuss how they make their linguistic decisions. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Ezra F. Vogel: The historian discusses “Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

‘A Study in Sherlock’: Authors Laurie King, Les Klinger, Tony Broadbent and Jan Burke share original stories and perspectives on Sherlock Holmes. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

CITY

Cabaret artist: Carly Ozard presents her new cabaret show, “Something Wonderful?” The show is a musical journey of young adults struggling to find the love they deserve. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Opera production: The San Francisco Opera presents Handel’s “Xerxes.” Comedy combines with poignancy in a tale of unrequited love and intrigue at a royal court. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Midday music: Pianist Jonathan Edward Mann plays music by Poulenc, Ravel and Chabrier. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Social Kitchen & Brewery: Smaller and larger plates, plus salads, sandwiches and brews are on the menu. Starter dishes include Brussels-sprout chips; mac and cheese; and buffalo wings with blue-cheese crumbles. Larger dishes include a porterhouse pork chop, served with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Also recommended: the “Social Burger” and the vegan portabello sandwich. [1326 Ninth Ave., S.F.; (415) 681-0330]

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