Comedian Joey “Coco” Diaz performs at Cobb's Comedy Club

Who’s in town

Best-selling author Deborah Harkness reads from and signs copies of “Shadow of Night.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., Town and Country Village,  No. 74, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; tickets:]

Blaine Harden: The journalist and author of “Escape From Camp 14” discusses life inside North Korea. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Chris Hayes: The political culture expert discusses the political and social understanding behind his argument that traces the roots of our mistrust of authority to meritocracy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Stan Yogi and Elaine Elinson: The authors of “Wherever There’s a Fight” talk about civil liberty struggles and sites in San Francisco. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

James M. Patell: The Stanford professor discusses Entrepreneurial Design for Extreme Affordability, a course in which graduate students create solutions for challenges faced by the world’s poor.
[6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Lian Gouw: The novelist presents “Only a Girl.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]
Joshua Henkin: The novelist talks about “The World Without You.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith,
1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Book group: The San Francisco Travel Book Club and Lecture Series hosts a discussion of “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art symposium: “Diego Rivera and the Mexican Mural Movement: A Contemporary Perspective on Art and Activism,” a two-day symposium, begins. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.; details/ RSVP:]

Farmers market: The weekly market features fresh, seasonal and local produce. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACC Breezeway, UC San Francisco, 400 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Pam Peirce: The gardener and author gives a presentation titled “Getting the Most From Your Small Space San Francisco Food Garden.” [7 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Movie screening: “The Social Network” (2010) is the featured film. [6:30 p.m., Anza Branch,
550 37th Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance showcase: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet Summer Program presents a showcase. Students perform works created by Lines faculty members and choreographers. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Stand-up show

Comedian Joey “Coco” Diaz, known for his appearances on “My Name is Earl” and the podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience,” performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Community salsa: Salsa in the Square, a community dance party, takes place in Union Square.
Featured musicians: Mazacote, an old-school salsa group led by
percussionist Louie Romero. [6 to 8 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Dining Out

<p>Presidio Social Club: The meatloaf is recommended, served with carrots and mashed potatoes. Look for the rib-eye steak for two, with a choice of two sides. [Building 563, Ruger Street, Presidio of
San Francisco; (415) 885-1888]

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