Mo Mandel performs in The City

Who’s in town

Nora Ephron: Writer and director appears in an onstage conversation, presented by City Arts and Lectures. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Ian Morris: The classics and history professor looks back more than 12,000 years and suggests that the West’s dominance is both recent and temporary. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry night: Philip Hackett hosts a featured-poet and open-mike session. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Caffe Greco, 423 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Faculty artist recital: Violist and pianist Paul Hersh performs music by Britten, Arnold Bax and Edward Elgar. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Mexico exhibit: “Celebrating Mexico: The Grito de Dolores and the Mexican Revolution” contains Mexico-related photos, broadsides, books and more. [8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Peterson Gallery, Green Library, Stanford University]

Gentle chair yoga: Class meets on Mondays. Registration is required. [10 a.m., UCSF, Mount Zion campus, 1701 Divisadero St., Suite 150, S.F.; register: www.osher.ucsf.edu/register]

At the public library

Job-seekers lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your résumé, preparing applications and searching online. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Mental Aerobics’: Class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Local activities

Standup comedy: Mo Mandel, from “Chelsea Lately” and “Modern Family,” performs a comedy show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Japan celebration: The Ishikawa Art and Culture Foundation presents its Japan Festival, an event featuring Japanese music, dance, poetry, calligraphy and other arts. [7 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock and R&B: Booker T. Jones, leader of Booker T. & the MG’s and recipient of a 2010 Grammy for “Potato Hole” (Best Pop Instrumental Album), performs at Yoshi’s. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Delarosa: Chef Ruggero Gadaldi serves Roman-style pizzas, seasonal antipasti, salads, panini, pasta and entrees at this Marina district restaurant, and he recommends the zucca fritta today. [2175 Chestnut St., S.F., (415) 673-7100)]

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