Jan. 13: Hot Sardines, comedy and more

Courtesy photo<p>Hot time in the city: The Hot Sardines serve up hot jazz with an assemblage of musicians and their very own tap dancer. [8 p.m.

Courtesy photo<p>Hot time in the city: The Hot Sardines serve up hot jazz with an assemblage of musicians and their very own tap dancer. [8 p.m.

Who's in town

Rockefeller University scientist Jesse Ausubel discusses how humans can ease pressures on the environment in a talk sponsored by the Long Now Foundation, which encourages long-term thinking. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]


Health care history: Journalist Steven Brill's latest book covers the passage of the Affordable Care Act and what he calls America's profiteering health care industry. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

French cooking: Paris-born chef Zoe McLaughlin shares the basics of French cuisine; the $95 cooking class culminates in a French dinner. [6 p.m., 18 Reasons, 3674 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

New poetry: Sandra Lim marks the release of her award-winning poetry collection, “The Wilderness,” with a talk with poet Randall Mann. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Zyzzyva journal: Octavio Solis and other writers celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Zyzzyva literary journal, which has a winter issue out. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Undocumented prodigies: Journalist Joshua Davis talks about his book, “Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream,” which was adapted into a film starring George Lopez and Marisa Tomei. [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Cooking for everybody: A free cooking workshop shows how families can create quick, affordable meals using seasonal produce. [6:30 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

View from Iran: Iranian-born playwright Naghmeh Samini focuses on film with her talk, “Feminine Body, Feminine Mind: The Body of Woman in the Iranian Women Directors' Films.” [6:30 p.m., Pigott Hall, Building 260, 50 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

Local activities

Noontime Concerts: Clarinetist Tom Rose and pianist Miles Graber play songs from French composers. [Noon, Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Improv: Funny people try to make sense of PowerPoint presentations they've never seen before in “Speechless,” a benefit for Young Audiences of Northern California. [6 p.m., The Office, 194 Church St., S.F.]

Music on film: Rock documentaries explore two very different artists with “Pulp: A Film About Life, Death and Supermarkets” (7:30 p.m.) and the Nick Cave film “20,000 Days on Earth” (9:15 p.m.). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

New music: Neo-soul-jazz group Joomanji tops a bill that also includes South Rail and Katie Holman. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Hot time in the city: The Hot Sardines serve up hot jazz with an assemblage of musicians and their very own tap dancer. [8 p.m., Addition, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

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