courtesy photoKiandanda Dance Theater presents “Mbongui Square

November 14: 'Mbongui Square' and other SF events

Who’s in town

Best-selling cookbook author Mollie Katzen presents her latest volume, “The Heart of the Plate: Vegetarian Recipes for a New Generation.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Health care: Executive Director Peter Lee discusses how Covered California aims to provide affordable health insurance to 5.3 million Californians. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Parched California: Speakers discuss California’s water-supply outlook in an era of climate disruption. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Art lecture: Museum docent Jill LeCrone discusses Eskimo and Inuit art and how it reflects a belief that all living things, even inanimate objects, possess a spirit or soul. [10 a.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Trinh T. Minh-ha: The filmmaker, artist and critical theorist presents “D-Passage: The Digital Way.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Daniel Alcaron: The locally based writer presents his new novel, “At Night We Walk in Circles.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

James R. Smith: The California historian talks about “San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Alvin Roth: The economist and Nobel Prize recipient speaks. [6 p.m., Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall, USF School of Management, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.; info/RSVP: http://usfcal.usfca.edu]

Rick Moody: The novelist, whose books include “The Ice Storm,” speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, Writers’ Studio, 195 De Haro St., S.F.; RSVP (required): dmorini@cca.edu or (415) 551-9237]

At the public library

College savings account: The program details the K2C college savings account program created for San Francisco Unified School District kindergarten students. [6 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Adrian Brooks: The poet, novelist, playwright, nonfiction writer and performer reads some of his poetry and other writings about LGBT life. [6 p.m., James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

World arts

Kiandanda Dance Theater presents “Mbongui Square,” an event uniting musical, performing and visual artists from around the Bay and the world. [7 p.m., African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Blues man: Guitarist Nick Moss, a protege of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Jimmy Rogers, both of whom played with Muddy Waters, appears; his new CD, “‘Time Ain’t Free,” is in the works. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Benefit luncheon: Pachamama Alliance hosts its annual luncheon, a benefit for its efforts to empower people of the Amazon rain forest to preserve their land and culture. [Noon, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Streeet, S.F.; RSVP: www.pachamama.org]

Point plank: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players presents “Timber,” a concert that includes a percussive tour de force performed on amplified lengths of lumber. [7:15 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Mamacita: The pollo taqueria, a taco with crispy Mary’s chicken, mole cascabel, queso Oaxaca and refried black beans, is recommended today. Also look for the molotes — crispy pockets stuffed with ground beef and cheese. [2317 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 346-8494]

Film

Double feature: The Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” (7 p.m.) and Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye” (9:15 p.m.), both based on Raymond Chandler stories, screen at the Castro Theatre. [429 Castro St., S.F.]

Music

Grand space rock: The Montreal-based The Besnard Lakes is known for its soaring vocals and anthemic material; the band’s latest album is “Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Genre busting: Combing contemporary rock and 1970s-influenced funk and soul, singer/bassist Danny James — frontman of His Once and Future Band — “redefines the concept of retro,” says one critic. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Persian music: Iranian musicians Kayhan Kalhor, whose instrument is the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), and Ali Bahrami Fard, who plays the bass santour (hammered dulcimer), perform at the SFJazz Center. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]artsMbongui Square

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