Courtesy photoCabaret benefit: Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents a benefit cabaret. Guests include “American Idol” season 7 finalist David Hernandez

Courtesy photoCabaret benefit: Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents a benefit cabaret. Guests include “American Idol” season 7 finalist David Hernandez

Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation holds benefit featuring ‘Idol’ finalist David Hernandez

Who’s in town

Comedian Sammy K. Obeid, a member of the CoExist? and Axis of Evil “next generation” comedy tours, headlines a “Live at Deluxe” show. [9 p.m., Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight St., S.F.]


Arts town hall: Candidates for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors take part in a town hall forum about the arts. [6 p.m., Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.; register:]

Jeffrey D. Yergler: The leadership consultant and Golden Gate University assistant professor explores the psychological impact of unemployment. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘EV Riders’: Owners of battery, electric and plug-in hybrid cars discuss their lives on the cutting edge of a new paradigm of personal mobility. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Elaine Pagels: The author of “Gnostic Gospels” discusses the Book of Revelation and how John’s particular revelation made it into the Bible. Long Now presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s International Forum holds its August discussion. “Afghanistan: Mission Unaccomplished?” is the theme. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Two poets: Poets David Beckman and Ed Coletti read from their work. An open-mic session completes the evening. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Open Heart Poetry: Terry Taplin is the featured poet this week. The evening also includes tea and open-mic presentations. [7 p.m., Om Shan Tea, 233 14th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Environmental health: Physician Barbara Erny discusses the common toxins most harmful to our health and ways to reduce exposure. [Noon, Medical School Office Building, Room X303, Stanford University, 1265 Welch Road, Stanford]

At public library

Book group: The Mission Branch Book Club discusses Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City.” [6:30 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Older Writers Laboratory: The poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Cabaret benefit: Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation presents a benefit cabaret. Guests include “American Idol” season 7 finalist David Hernandez, “Les Miserables” cast members and Katya Smirnoff-Skyy (drag artist J. Conrad Frank). [7:30 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Two short plays: Off Broadway West Theatre Company presents “Double Hitchcock-ed,” a program of staged readings of two short one-act plays by Scott Fivelson. [8 p.m., Phoenix Theatre, 414 Mason St., S.F.]

Improv comedy: The San Francisco Improv Fest features improvisational-comedy talent from around the Bay and the nation. The Shout, a storytelling series, is on the bill today. [7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Summer music:
People in Plazas, a series that presents free concerts in plazas and courtyards in downtown San Francisco, welcomes the Craig Ventresco All Stars, performing Americana music. [Noon, 101 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Michael Mina, San Francisco: Dishes include miso-glazed wild king salmon — with broccoli, ginger, kohlrabi and peppers — and Snake River Farms wagyu shabu-shabu. Happy-hour deal: tuna tartare. [252 California St., S.F.; (415) 397-9222]

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