Courtesy photoJazz artists: Jazz vocalist Nicolas Bearde and the Kelly Park Trio perform at the Rrazz Room. Special guest: Grammy-winning jazz and classical violinist Mads Tolling.

Nicolas Bearde and the Kelly Park Trio play the Rrazz Room

Who’s in town

Abby Maxman of CARE speaks at the World Affairs Council, joined by Bay Area-based U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee. “Fighting a Drought: Crisis in the African Sahel” is the subject of the talk. [7 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Rep. John Garamendi: The U.S. congressman discusses what can be done to help veterans re-enter the domestic workforce on financially and psychologically sound footing. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Older workers: Noreen McKeon, a program manager at Coming of Age: Bay Area, and Mark Guterman, a longtime career coach, discuss job-search strategies for people over 50. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Astronomy talk: Adam Burgasser, a professor at UC San Diego, gives a talk titled “Planets or Stars?: The Dark Universe of Brown Dwarfs.” [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 379-8000]

Literary events

Poetry night: Poets and translators Ronald Sauer and Steve Schwartz read from their works. An open-mic session follows. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Summer reading series: Quiet Lightning presents a “Greenhouse Effect” summer reading. Fourteen writers read poetry and prose. [6:30 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

At the colleges

Master of Public Health program: The meeting is for those interested in becoming public-health leaders and practitioners. [4 p.m., USF Lone Mountain campus, go to Room 203, then to Room 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.; RSVP:]

Shepard salute: “Shepard on Screen,” a series spotlighting writer-actor Sam Shepard’s contributions to film, presents the film “Fool for Love.” [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Golden Gate Bridge: Fine Arts Museums docent lecturer Kay Payne gives a presentation titled “The Golden Gate Bridge and the Extraordinary City it Enhances.” [6:15 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

First Monday Movies: “Morning Glory” (1933), directed by Lowell Sherman and starring Katharine Hepburn, is this month’s featured film. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz artists: Jazz vocalist Nicolas Bearde and the Kelly Park Trio perform at the Rrazz Room. Special guest: Grammy-winning jazz and classical violinist Mads Tolling. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Japanese photographer: “Natural Stories,” an exhibition containing more than 100 photographs by Naoya Hatakeyama, one of Japan’s most prominent photographers, is on view at SFMOMA. [10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Job fair: The San Francisco Career Fair offers job seekers a chance to meet top employers. Admission is free. Bring a résumé. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf, 1300 Columbus Ave., S.F.; register:]

Circus cabaret: The Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents a “Fairyland Benefit,” a fundraiser for Oakland’s Children’s Fairyland. Circus arts and physical comedy are on the bill. [7 and 9 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

New documentary: “The Imposter,” a film about a Texas case in which a 16-year-old convinces a grieving family that he is the son who vanished three years earlier, screens at the Lumiere Theatre. [1572 California St., S.F.; (415) 267-4893]

Dining out

Social Kitchen & Brewery: A grilled yellowtail sandwich with chili mayo, carrot-arugula slaw and ginger-soy vinaigrette is recommended today. Beer lovers can fill up growlers to take home. [1326 Ninth Ave., S.F.; (415) 681-0330]

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