Who Wrote the Book of Tea - free public lecture by Norwood Pratt (we don't know if he has a charming British accent, but with a name like that, he so should) hosted by the Book Club of California. Pratt talks tea history, literature and lore. He is currently compiling an Encyclopedia of Tea. Pratt's lecture is preceded by teatime from 5 to 7pm at 312 Sutter St., Suite 510 (at Bush).
CSS In Practice: What You Need to Know is presented by EBIG (not to be confused with C-Big who writes the Chron's Swells column, wonderfully summarized by SFist Rita) which stands for the East Bay I.T. Group. Geared towards designers and developers, EBIG's speakers will give you the whys and wherefores of Cascading Style Sheets and XHTML. Bring your laptops to Expressions College of Digital Media in Emeryville (6601 Shellmound St. near Ashby), starting at 6:30pm.
And here's a fun one, at the Make Out Room, (3225 22nd St. between Mission & Valencia) it's the "Best of" party for Mortified, a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors... in front of total strangers. Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek and The "Today Show", and featured frequently on This American
Life, the Mortified grassroots comedy collective has spent years sifting through hundreds of otherwise forgotten notebooks while paving the way for a strange new brand of entertainment.