Courtesy photoJazz show: The SFJAZZ Collective

Oct. 23: Cow Hollow street fair, jazz music and more

Who's in town

Martha Wash, formerly half of the disco duo The Weather Girls, sings the anthemic “It's Raining Men” and other hits. [8 p.m., Feinstein's at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Lectures

Energy innovation: U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, widely hailed as the Cabinet member with the best hair, speaks about the relationship between energy and information technology. [6 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Law cases: New Yorker and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin speaks about the nation's most high-profile legal cases. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Hidden George: Historian Edward Larson explores George Washington's famous “lost period” between the Revolutionary War and the first presidency of the U.S. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Gentrification forum: A monthly State of the City forum discusses gentrification's impact on the environment and open space. [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Fantasy fiction: Fantasy writer Garth Nix appears in conversation with Michael Grant to discuss his latest book, “Clariel,” a prequel to his best-selling “Old Kingdom” series. [7 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Book launch: Readings and a party mark the release of “Gravity” by poet Elizabeth Rosner with art by Lola Fraknoi. [6 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

Heartland novel: Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley discusses her latest book, “Some Luck,” which chronicles an Iowa farm family's life over three tumultuous decades. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

One City One Book: Armistead Maupin talks about his groundbreaking book, “Tales of The City,” which is San Francisco's selection for One City One Book, its citywide book club. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Experimental film: Professor and anthropologist Tarek Elhaik speaks about Mexican philosopher-filmmaker Manuel De Landa's work. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Blog party: The Bold Italic blog is holding a free block party in Cow Hollow with drinks, food, prizes and more. [6-9 p.m., Union and Fillmore streets, S.F.]

Britgrass invasion: Bay Area bluegrass and string groups such as Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, Rusty Stringfield, and Nat Keefe and Erik Yates apply their craft to the music of the 1960s British invasion. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: “Slanted Comedy” is a long-running showcase featuring Asian-American comedians. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Chouffe Fest: Belgian craft beers meet a gnome-inspired event space at Chouffe Fest. [7 p.m., Log Cabin, Presidio, 1299 Storey Ave., S.F.]

Jazz show: The SFJAZZ Collective, the repertory group of SFJAZZ, is kicking off a four-day hometown run at the SFJAZZ Center with the music of Joe Henderson and original compositions. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

NightLife: Eclipses are the theme of this week's NightLife at the Academy, including a replay of today's partial eclipse (expected to reach its peak about 3 p.m.), crafts, star talks and music by the Ceephax Acid Crew. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Comedy show: Ben Gleib, who has appeared on “The Late Late Show” and CNN, tops a comedy bill that also includes Sandy Stec and Patrick McDermott. [8 p.m., 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Rock show: Moody rockers The Afghan Whigs are playing to promote “Do the Beast,” their first new album in more than a decade. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

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