Courtesy photoEV expo: San Francisco’s first Electric Vehicle Expo features EV models and plug-in hybrids

San Francisco’s first Electric Vehicle Expo charges into Justin Herman Plaza

Who’s in town

Blues guitarist and singer Ana Popovic performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Lectures

Kira Z. Reginato: The elder-care manager and radio host describes how using an elder-care manager can save family caregivers time and money and prevent missteps. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Green New Deal’: Michael Grunwald from Time magazine and Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors discuss the Recovery Act’s impact on the nation’s energy and financial security. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tandem tales: Porchlight presents “Tag Team Double Dare,” an evening in which tale-spinning pairs tell one story. Featured duos include Kasper Hauser twins James and John Reichmuth. [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Literary events

Irvine Welsh: The Scottish author celebrates the launch of his new novel, “Skagboys,” a prequel to “Trainspotting.” Litquake presents the evening. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Virginia Barrett and Bobby Coleman, editors of “Occupy SF: Poems from the movement” are the featured poets. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Artist lecture: Brent Green, a visual artist, filmmaker and storyteller working in the Appalachian hills of rural Pennsylvania, discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Constitution Day: Maxwell Leung, assistant professor of critical studies, gives a talk titled “Arts, the First Amendment, and the U.S. Supreme Court: An Introduction.” [4 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

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

Boswick the clown: The former Ringling Bros. circus clown performs juggling feats, magic tricks and slapsticky antics. The program is for ages 4 and up. [4 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

EV expo: San Francisco’s first Electric Vehicle Expo features EV models and plug-in hybrids, plus related fare. Charge Across Town presents the event. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, across from Ferry Building, S.F.]

Cocktail Week: San Francisco Cocktail Week kicks off with an opening-night bash spotlighting locally based distillers. [6 to 9 p.m., Anchor Brewing Company, 1705 Mariposa St., S.F.; tickets: www.sfcocktailweek.com]

Blackboard bungles: Comedy at Club Deluxe presents its “Back to School” edition. Comedians share stories of embarrassing and ridiculous scholastic occurrences. Casey Ley headlines the show. [9 p.m., 1511 Haight St., S.F.]

Organ recital: Organist Anthony Newman, a specialist in the music of the Baroque period, gives a recital, presented by the American Guild of Organists. [8 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., S.F.]

Dining out
Troya Mediterranean Kitchen:
Beyti — Adana-style lamb wrapped in lavash bread, with tomato and yogurt tahini sauce — is a recommended entree today. Also look for the kebabs. [349 Clement St., S.F.; (415) 379-6000]

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