Courtesy photo<p>Rock duo Hollow Point plays songs from its latest release

Sept. 29: 'American Idol' auditions, fracking talk and more

Who's in town

Charles Blow, a columnist for The New York Times opinion section, speaks about his memoir “Fire Shut Up In My Bones,” which details his upbringing in the Deep South. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Human trafficking: Representatives of The SAGE Project and The Asian Women Shelter, Bay Area agencies against human trafficking, speak about troubling trends and tell stories of people who have managed to escape their situation. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Nuclear fears: Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation” and “Command and Control,” speaks about the vulnerability of nuclear arsenals in the U.S. and around the world. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Debut fiction: Author John Darniell discusses his debut novel, “World in the White Van,” in conversation with Robin Sloan, author of “Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Mystery writer: Author Pseudonymous Bosch, which is pretty obviously not his real name, speaks about “Bad Magic,” the first book in his new mystery trilogy for kids and young adults. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

The new workplace: Entrepreneurs Chris Yeh and Ben Casnocha discuss their new book, “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Brain fitness: The class explores how to exercise the brain in fun and challenging ways to maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Fracking issues: Stanford professor Rob Jackson speaks about “The Environmental Footprint of Natural Gas and Hydraulic Fracturing.” [4:15 p.m., NVIDIA Auditorium, Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, Stanford University, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford]

Author talk: Sarah Riggs talks about her new book, “Autobiography of Envelopes,” in a “Writers on Writing” presentation. [7 p.m., Humanities Auditorium, Humanities Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Walking tour: City Guides leads a tour through parts of downtown San Francisco ravaged by the 1906 earthquake and fire, [10 a.m., betweeb 525 and 555 Market St., S.F.]

'American Idol' auditions: The long-running singing competition is looking for singers for its upcoming season. [7 a.m.-5 p.m., Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City]

Stand-up comedy: Funny or Die presents Jerrod Carmichael, who appeared in the film “Neighbors,” in a release party for his new HBO comedy special. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rock show

Rock duo Hollow Point plays songs from its latest release, “Cold Truth,” on a bill with Los Angeles-based Wand. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

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