Salsa in the Square presents an evening of salsa and dancing in Union Square


Comedian and musician Reggie Watts, who is known for his improvised musical sets featuring only his voice and a looping machine, performs at the Independent, in San Francisco. His sold-out appearance is part of SF Sketchfest’s “Summer Nights” series. [8 and 10:30 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


‘Growing Up Queer in India’: The discussion features LGBT activists, authors and builders of a new class of LGBT world citizens equally at home in India and the United States. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Incubators and innovators: Speakers discuss incubator projects designed to help artists survive financially in a competitive marketplace. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Maria Rita D’Orsogna: The Los Angeles-based professor discusses her fight to protect Italy’s countryside from oil-company activity. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]


Jafar Yaghoobi: The author of “Let Us Water the Flowers: The Memoir of a Political Prisoner in Iran” discusses his book. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Margaret Dilloway: The novelist shares “How to Be an American Housewife.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Julian Guthrie: The journalist talks about “The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Derek McCulloch and Greg Espinoza: The writer and artist talk about “Pug,” a graphic novel. [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]


Farmers market: The Wednesday marketplace features fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, first-floor plaza, 2155 Webster St., S.F.]


Art talk: “Kerry James Marshall and Artists of Color: Untold Stories of Silent History” is the theme of a community conversation hosted by SFMOMA. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Terry E. Hill: The local novelist reads from “Come Sunday Morning.” [6 p.m., Main Library, African American Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Puppet master: The Asian Art Museum hosts a demonstration of Balinese shadow theater with puppet master I Wayan Wija. His appearances at the museum continue through Aug. 28. [Noon to 4 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Salsa night: Salsa in the Square presents an evening of salsa music and dancing in Union Square. Featured music act: Los Boleros, an acoustic Latin-music group. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Filmmaker spotlight: “Viva Pedro,” a series of films by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, presents a double feature of “Bad Education” (2:50 and 7 p.m.) and “Law of Desire” (4:55 and 9:05 p.m.). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Career coaching: The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce hosts its Job Forum, a panel-conducted discussion open to anyone experiencing job-finding problems. [6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 235 Montgomery St., 12th floor, S.F.]


La Mar Cebicheria: Chef Gaston Acurio cooks Peruvian cuisine, and empanadas are recommended today. The dough is filled with a choice of beef, chicken, mushroom or corn (a sampler plate containing tastings of all four varieties is available). The empanadas are deep-fried and served with dipping sauce, blended with Peruvian chilies. [Pier 1½, S.F. (415) 397-8880]

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