Courtesy photoSugar & the Hi Lows are coming to Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Wednesday.

Courtesy photoSugar & the Hi Lows are coming to Brick and Mortar Music Hall on Wednesday.

Sept. 17: Retro rock, journalism talks and more

Who's in town

Pulitzer winner Lawrence Wright goes behind a 1978 Middle Eastern treaty in “Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David.” [12:30 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Medical breakthroughs: Dana Ullman discusses new advances in homeopathy and nanopharmacology, which promise a safer way of administering medications in smaller doses. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Modern Tehran: Iranian journalist Ramita Navai provides a glimpse of modern Tehran's social, political and religious contradictions. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Real-life mystery: Novella Carpenter's “Gone Feral” documents her father's disappearance in 2009 and her journey to make sense of his life. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Bike rides: Bill Oetinger, ride director and newsletter editor for the Santa Rosa Cycling Club, speaks about his book “75 Classic Rides Northern California: The Best Road-Biking Routes.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Architecture festival: “Detropia,” which chronicles uncertain times in Detroit, screens as part of the 2014 Architecture and the City festival. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Discussion group: The World Affairs Interest Group meets to discuss current events. [1 p.m., SFSU downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Photography lecture: Fine-art photographer Joel Stenfeld discusses the power of photographs. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Free concert: The Kurt Ribak Quintet performs jazz music as part of the “People in Plazas” series. [Noon, 2 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Two plays: Ubuntu Theater Project stages “Marguerite to Maya Angelou: A moment in prose” by N'Jameh Camara and “Waiting for Lefty” by Clifford Odets. [7:30 p.m., Warehouse 416, 416 26th St., Oakland]

Nerd Nite: Have a drink and learn about babies, bugs and the freakier aspects of the human body in a Nerd Nite lecture. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Andy Kindler, who has appeared on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Last Comic Standing,” performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Retro rockers

The rootsy-vintage Sugar & The Hi Lows infuse pop with gospel, rock and soul influences. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

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