Courtesy photoKeeping it real: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

Courtesy photoKeeping it real: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real set to rock The Independent

Who’s in town

Comedian Dwayne Perkins kicks off a four-night engagement at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Brian Barneclo: The local artist, whose murals have covered the walls of some of San Francisco’s most popular sites, speaks. Shaping San Francisco presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Dimitar Sasselov: The Harvard University astronomer explains how what we learn in the laboratory, here on Earth, informs our investigation of the universe, and vice versa. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Mary Ann Esposito: The cookbook author and host of PBS’ “Ciao Italia” talks about “Ciao Italia Family Classics.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Joanne Griffith:
The broadcast journalist and editor of “Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America” discusses the book and the project it is part of. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Rebecca MacKinnon: The journalist, activist and blogger talks about “Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Jonathan Jansen: The South African professor and author of “Knowledge in the Blood: How White Students Remember and Enact the Past” speaks. [4 p.m., Main Quad, Building 260, Room 113, Stanford University, Stanford]

Rebecca Morris: The Los Angeles-based artist discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Black History Month:Local activities

Keeping it real: Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, a rock band based in Southern California and in Paia, Hawaii, bring their tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Recipes for romance:
The Conservatory of Flowers hosts Aphrodesia After Hours, an evening of cocktails, live jazz, flowers and chocolate. Guests include chocolatier Brad Kintzer. [6 to 10 p.m., 100 JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Blues artist: Blues guitarist Daniel Castro performs with his band. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining out

Destino and Pisco Latin Lounge: The African influence on Peruvian cuisine is highlighted during Black History Month. Dishes include tacu tacu de pancetta (slow-braised pork belly, black-bean and rice patty, crema de rocoto). [1815 and 1817 Market St., S.F.; (415) 552-4451 and (415) 874-9951]

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