ART/SCIENCE: At tonight's installment of Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous, discussion topics will include custom software tools that embrace Middle Eastern styles, an investigation of the sciences, the natural world, and contemplative practice through mixed media, revitalizing local neighborhoods, and the evolution of musician's tools.

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. // University of San Francisco (2130 Fulton St, McLaren Bldg, Rm #251) // free, RSVP to [email protected]

LITERARY: Bestselling novelist and award-winning journalist Anna Quindlen will speak with KQED's Paul Lancour about her work, which she approaches with a wit, warmth, and level-headedness that have gained her an enduring audience.

8 p.m. // City Arts & Lectures, Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave) // $20