Courtesy photoRock show: Grammy-winning band La Ley

Oct. 15: Latin rockers La Ley, star talks and more

Who's in town

Richard Olson, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, speaks about recent setbacks in relations between the nations and hopes for the future. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Public discussion: Fiona Ma, former San Francisco supervisor and state assemblywoman, leads a discussion on responsibility and civic engagement. [6:30 p.m., Women's Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Tips for job seekers: Job-search specialist Mary Eileen Williams discusses “Ace the Interview: Critical Skills for Midlife Applicants.” [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Pulp fiction: Author Monica Nolan speaks about her colorful new pulp novel, “Dolly Dingle, Lesbian Landlady,” the latest book in the Lesbian Career Girl series. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

WWII pacifism: Steve McQuiddy discusses his book “Here on the Edge,” which chronicles a camp for conscientious objectors during World War II. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Evening with Ohlone artists: A reception celebrates the exhibit “Ohlone Elders and Youth Speak: Restoring a California Legacy.” [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Women in war: Female troops including “Love My Rifle More Than You” author Kayla Williams and Kristen Beck, formerly Navy SEAL Christopher Beck, discuss their experiences. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Marquez tribute: San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia and Radio Bilingue announcer Chelis López host a tribute to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author who died in April at age 87. [7 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Global beauty bias: Dr. Joanne Rondilla of Arizona State University discusses “Understanding Global Beauty and the Mixed Race Body in Cosmetics Advertising.” [5 p.m., Xavier Auditorium, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Star talk: “Storms from the Sun” is the theme of a free astronomy talk presented by San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Chris Porter, who has appeared on “Last Comic Standing” and “The Bob and Tom Show,” performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Debut: German violinist Isabelle Faust makes her debut with the San Francisco Symphony tonight, performing the Britten Violin Concerto. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock show: Grammy-winning band La Ley, which formed in Chile in 1987, plays melodious country-rock music. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

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