Jazz vocalist Jacqui Naylor appears at the Rrazz Room

Jacqui Naylor (Courtesy photo)Jacqui Naylor (Courtesy photo)

Jacqui Naylor (Courtesy photo)Jacqui Naylor (Courtesy photo)

Person in town

Soprano Renee Fleming, currently starring in the San Francisco Opera presentation of “Lucrezia Borgia,” appears in an onstage conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Werner Hoyer: Germany’s deputy foreign secretary speaks. Topics include how to achieve economic growth in the eurozone and the importance of the transatlantic partnership. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘Drop-in fuels’: Speakers assess the potential for running vehicles on advanced biofuels made from algae and other sources. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Alex Evans: The political pollster speaks at this month’s edition of the “Brews and Views” forum. “The 2012 Elections” is the theme. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Alonzo King: The artistic director of Lines Ballet discusses the world premiere of his ballet set to the music of the Sephardic tradition. [7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Tiago Carneiro da Cunha and Klara Kristalova: The artists discuss the ways in which a traditional form, in this case, ceramics can continue to invigorate contemporary art. [7 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ben Lerner: The novelist talks about “Leaving the Atocha Station.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Jesmyn Ward: The novelist talks about “Salvage the Bones.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Ben Fong-Torres: The rock critic talks about “Eagles: Taking It to the Limit.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Music tribute: The annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert honors the slain Wall Street Journal reporter. Stanford music faculty and students perform. [8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

‘Thursdays @ Noon Films’: “One Woman One Vote,” a 1995 documentary about the struggle for women’s suffrage in the United States, is the featured film. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

City events

Jazz vocalist: Jacqui Naylor celebrates the release of her eighth recording “Lucky Girl” in a special concert benefiting the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium (www.DVCPartners.org). [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Candidate forum: The candidates for San Francisco mayor discuss Muni, parks, pensions, open government, the budget and other issues. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Soiree fundraiser: The inaugural San Francisco Soiree features food, drinks, auctions and entertainment. It benefits the American Cancer Society. [5:30 to 9 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F.; gala.acsevents.org/sanfrancisco]

Fin city: “NightLife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Sharktoberfest NightLife,” a night of sharks and beer. Speakers include shark expert John McCosker. Opulent Temple provides music. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dining out

Zare at Fly Trap: Chef-owner Hoss Zare recommends the white eggplant with ground-lamb-sausage ragu from his new menu. It is topped with mozzarella and basil and finished with spicy bread crumbs. Harissa-infused Greek yogurt completes the dish. Also recommended: pomegranate-marinated chicken breast, with fessenjoon sauce, green farika, broccoli rabe, raisins and house-mixed advieh (Persian spices). [606 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 243-0580]

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