STORYTELLING: This month's Porchlight Storytelling Series, which is themed, I Surrender: Stories about Giving In, Giving Up, and Giving Over, features "one of the nation's most successful bounty hunters Mackenzie Green, tech faerie Dennis Collinson, comedian Heather Gold, writer/performer Les Milton, singer/songwriter Chris von Sneidern, and BDSM educator Mollena "Mo" Williams." (8 to 10 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa Street)

MUSIC: After a three-year “nap,” Sparta is back in action with a short tour celebrating the release of "Chemical Feel," the band's first new song in six years, as part of their fourth LP that's currently in the works. Also featuring guest Ki:Theory. (8 p.m., The Independent, 628 Divisadero Street)

FOOD: Ted Allen, host of the Food Network's Chopped and most notably known as the food and wine specialist on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, will speak in conversation with Joey Altman, chef, TV host, and cookbook author. (7 p.m., Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California Street)