Courtesy photoSinger-songwriter: Soul songstress and songwriter Joss Stone brings her world tour to Union Square. Her appearance is part of the Oracle Music Festival.

Joss Stone brings her world tour to Union Square

Who’s in town

Author, historian, and Pulitzer Prize recipient Robert Massie talks about his new book, “Catherine the Great.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Chris Dodd: The Motion Picture Association of America CEO discusses why technology and creative communities are vital to the economic well-being of their industries, consumers and the nation. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Art history: Surrealism, and some of the 20th-century art movement’s major players, is the topic of a docent lecture. [1 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Scott Hutchins: The novelist launches “A Working Theory of Love.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Antoine Wilson:
The novelist talks about “Panorama City.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Craig C. Downer:
The wildlife ecologist talks about “The Wild Horse Conspiracy.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Paul Ehrlich: The biologist, ecologist and “Population Bomb” author gives a talk titled “Can Civilization Be Saved?” [4 p.m., Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, 75 Alta Road, Stanford University, Stanford]

Pankaj Mishra: The reporter and author discusses the leaders who have shaped contemporary China, India and the Muslim world. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 393-0100 or www.milibrary.org]

At the public library

Banned Books Week: The library hosts a discussion of the book “50 Shades of Grey,” with Bravo TV’s Emily Morse. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Artist talk:
Susan Matthews discusses pieces of her artwork that are on display in the library exhibit “AfroCuba and Secrets Under the Skin.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Soul songstress and songwriter Joss Stone brings her world tour to Union Square. Her appearance is part of the Oracle Music Festival. [8:30 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Money conference: Social Capital Markets Investors Conference (SOCAP) features speakers, panels and open-space sessions. The intersection of money and meaning is the focus. [7:30 a.m. onward, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; www.socialcapitalmarkets.net]

Food celebration: The San Bruno Chamber of Commerce presents “Tastes of San Bruno,” an evening of food and entertainment. [6 to 8 p.m., San Bruno Recreation Center, 251 City Park Way, San Bruno; www.sanbrunochamber.com]

Russian music:
Noontime Concerts presents its Russian Music Festival. Cellist Krisanthy Desby and pianist Helene Wickett perform a Rachmaninoff work. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

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

Dining out

Kokkari: Two lamb dishes are recommended today. First up is the arnisio souvlaki — spiced lamb skewer grilled with onion, bay leaf, and tomatoes, with tzatziki and potatoes. [200 Jackson St., S.F.; (415) 981-0983]

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