Courtesy photo<p>Seminal 1980s alt-rock band The Pixies is back on the road -- minus bassist Kim Deal -- and playing songs from its newest album

Sept. 30: Toast tournament, The Pixies and more

Who's in town

President Andrej Kiska of Slovakia speaks about the future of the European Union and Central Europe's goal of becoming a technology hub. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

New novel: David Bezmozgis speaks about “The Betrayers,” which follows a Jewish Russian dissident who encounters the friend who betrayed him to the KGB decades earlier. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Comic art: Illustrator Michael Cho, whose work has appeared in Marvel and DC Comics, speaks about his debut graphic novel, “Shoplifter,” with four-time Eisner Award winner Chip Kidd. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Internet and freedom: Journalist Timothy Garton Ash, a professor at Oxford, speaks about current threats to free speech online and the role of tech companies such as Google and Facebook. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Living without gluten: Karen Morgan puts a gluten-free twist on old favorites in “Everyday Art of Gluten-Free: 125 Savory and Sweet Recipes Using 6 Fail-Proof Flour Blends.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Recovery and more: Paul Williams and Tracey Jackson discuss their new book, “Gratitude & Trust,” which applies addiction-recovery methods to people who aren't addicts but are looking for help with trauma and pain. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Free show: Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and the Family, who recently launched a show on PBS, play indie-dance music for kids of all ages. [10:30 a.m., Mission Bay Park, 290 Channel St., S.F.; 3:30 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

At the colleges

'Song of Songs': Ilana Pardes, professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, speaks about “Agnon's Moonstruck Lovers: The Song of Songs in Israeli Culture.” [4 p.m., Building 260, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Sound art: Mexico City sound artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide shares his art and the Latin American socio-political influences on his work. [7 p.m., Timken Lecture, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Local activities

Free concert: The Matt Baxter Trio plays Delta blues as part of the “People in Plazas” series. [Noon, Mechanics Plaza, Market and Battery streets, S.F.]

Toastest with the mostest: Josey Baker of Josey Baker Bread is co-hosting a Toast of the Town Tournament in which teams look for the best way to top toast. [6:30 p.m., 3674 18th St., S.F.] Remembering 1989: Three San Franciscans share their stories of the Loma Prieta earthquake as the 25th anniversary of the deadly quake approaches. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Rock show: The Whiskey Pills Fiasco — a high-octane band playing rockabilly, country, Americana music and more — performs. [8 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Rock show

Seminal 1980s alt-rock band The Pixies is back on the road — minus bassist Kim Deal — and playing songs from its newest album, “Indie Cindy.” [7:30 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

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