Courtesy PhotoJamaican reggae artist Richie Spice performs in San Francisco. [9 p.m.

Courtesy PhotoJamaican reggae artist Richie Spice performs in San Francisco. [9 p.m.

Music, lectures and other San Francisco events

Who’s in town
Jamaican reggae artist Richie Spice performs in San Francisco. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Sarah Anzia: The political scientist discusses the state of public pensions in the U.S. and examines why government officials haven’t delivered on promises made. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Vali Nasr: The former U.S. State Department adviser for Afghanistan and Pakistan criticizes U.S. foreign policy and outlines a new relationship with the Muslim world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events
Winona LaDuke: The Native American activist, author and environmentalist discusses “The Militarization of Indian Country.” [11 a.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Michael Lewis: The financial journalist, whose latest book is “Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour,” appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

William Dalrymple: The travel writer, historian and journalist discusses “Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Caitlin Freeman: The pastry chef talks about “Modern Art Desserts.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Release party: Bill Allard of Duck’s Breath Mystery Theater hosts a release party for KollegeTV’s Comedy Magazine 103: PokeAble People, a skewed look at celebrities and fame. [7 p.m., Marsh, 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

At the colleges
Takeshi Murata: The digital artist and animator, whose visions redefine the boundaries between abstraction and recognition, discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library
Parents for Public Schools: The session provides parent-to-parent advice about preparing children to start kindergarten and about how to ease this family transition. [6:15 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Homework help: Student volunteers assist K-8 students with assignments. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

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