Courtesy photoVocal great: Jazz and cabaret singer Paula West performs the first of three shows at Yoshi’s.

Paula West plays Yoshi’s S.F.

Who’s in town

Alternative-rock singer Amanda Palmer and her band, the Grand Theft Orchestra, appear to promote their new album, “Theatre Is Evil.” [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

Robert Kaplan: The author of “The Revenge of Geography” discusses what we possibly can learn about coming conflicts by examining them through geography. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP: www.worldaffairs.org]

‘Conjuring Up Genius’: The event addresses how Silicon Valley’s rocket-to-greatness culture intersects with Bay Area arts. Speakers include Z Space’s Lisa Steindler. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

T. C. Boyle: The novelist talks about “San Miguel.” [12:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Tony Serra: The criminal defense attorney and civil-rights activist discusses “Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Luisa Weiss: The food writer talks about “My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

John Muir Laws: The naturalist, educator and artist discusses “The Laws Guide to Drawing Birds.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: http://drawingbirds.eventbrite.com]

At the colleges

Sculpture tour: Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center hosts its weekly docent-led tour of the center’s collection of Rodin bronzes. [2 p.m., 328 Lomita Drive off Palm Drive at Museum Way, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the library

Opera lecture: The S.F. Opera Guild presents a preview of the upcoming production of Vincenzo Bellini’s “Capulets and Montagues.” [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Critical Mass book: Editors and contributors celebrate the release of “Shift Happens! Critical Mass at 20.” [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room B, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Prevent Business Mistakes’:
The law library hosts a free lunchtime program by attorney Nancy Lewellen on “Ten Most Common Legal Mistakes Business Owners Make and How to Avoid Them.” [Noon to 1 p.m., San Francisco Law Library, 401 Van Ness Ave., Room 400, S.F.; www.sflawlibrary.org]

Local activities

Vocal great: Jazz and cabaret singer Paula West performs the first of three shows at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Site-specific dance: Flyaway Productions and Dancers’ Group present “Niagara Falling,” a multimedia dance about two cities and the fracturing American dream. [8:30 and 9:30 p.m., Renoir Hotel, west wall, Seventh and Market streets, S.F.]

Photography show: Robert Tat Gallery presents “Luminous Nudes,” an exhibit of female nudes taken by photographer Steve Gelberg and presented in traditional silver prints. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 410, S.F.]

Botanical art: “Drawing Nature,” an exhibit of botanical art by the Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists, is on view at the San Francisco Botanical Garden’s Helen Crocker Russell Library. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dining out

Kasa Indian Eatery: The menu features kati rolls, a classic Indian street food consisting of flaky, buttery roti wrapped around a chosen main dish. The gobi aloo kati roll is recommended today. [4001 18th St., S.F., (415) 621-6940]

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