Giada De Laurentiis is in The City, talking about her new book "Happy Cooking."

Nov. 16-17: Giada De Laurentiis, Nigella Lawson, Theatre Bay Area Awards, Robert Triptow, Alison Bass

MONDAY, NOV. 17

Giada De Laurentiis: The Emmy Award-winning Food Network star talks about her new release “Happy Cooking.” [Noon, Williams-Sonoma Union Square, 340 Post St., S.F.]

Nigella Lawson: The food enthusiast and TV personality has a new cookbook “Simply Nigella: Food to Nourish Body & Soul” with easy-to-prepare recipes. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Theatre Bay Area Awards Celebration: Excellence in local theater is recognized at the second annual event hosted by veteran Bay Area actor Ron Campbell. [7 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Alison Bass: The award-winning author, journalist and professor discusses her book “Getting Screwed: Sex Workers and the Law.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Robert Triptow: The author talks about his graphic novel “Class Photo,” inspired by a real-life class photo of an anonymous 1937 public school he found under a pile of garbage. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Understanding ISIS: Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan speaks via videoconference from London to share insights gained from interviews with ISIS insiders. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., Suite 200, S.F.]

Words on Dance: San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Pascal Molat appears in conversation with American Conservatory Theater director Carey Perloff. [7:30 p.m., Strand, 1127 Market St., S.F.]

Rainn Wilson: “The Office” actor is on tour to discuss his memoir, “The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy,” appearing locally in conversation with Mark Kozelek of the Red House Painters. [7 p.m., Grand Lake Theatre, 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland]

TUESDAY, NOV. 17

Prudence Farrow Bruns: The Beatles muse reads from her memoir, “Dear Prudence: The Story Behind the Song,” which details her Hollywood childhood, tumultuous and troubled youth and spiritual rise. [7 p.m., Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley]

Gad Elmaleh: The French Morroccan performer, touted as “the Ben Stiller of France” and the “Jerry Seinfeld of French comedy,” appears in an all-English show. [8:30 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lisa Randall: The Harvard theoretical physicist discusses her new book “Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Chonda Pierce-Laughing in the Dark: The film offering an intimate look at the famed faith-focused comedienne screens for one night in an encore presentation. [7 p.m., Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

The Good Life: The indie folk-rock band headlines a concert also featuring Big Harp and Heather McEntire from Mount Moriah. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Ending the Dark Ages-The Universe’s First Stars: UC Berkeley astronomer Aaron Lee lectures on how stars form and evolve and how their environments play a significant role in their development. [7:45 p.m., Observation Post, Building 211, Presidio of S.F.]

The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die: The atmospheric emo/indie rock band is from Willimantic, Conn. [7 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.[

Dennis Ross: The scholar and U.S. diplomat discusses his new book “Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama.” [7 p.m., Peninsula Sinai Congregation, 499 Boothbay Ave., Foster City]

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