1) NICE GENES
What’s the latest development in the fascinating field of genomic medicine? Find out at a Regents’ lecture with biotech pioneer Thomas White, the former chief scientific officer of Celera (an Alameda company that sequenced the genomes of humans, fruit flies, and mosquitos). At UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall; 6:30 p.m., free.
2) FOOD FOR THE PEOPLE
If you want to help increase Oakland residents’ access to healthy foods, check out People’s Community Market’s monthly Front Porch event, which will be hosted by author/chef Bryant Terry and include a performance by Quinn Deveaux and a keynote address by Gather’s Ari Derfel. At Oakland Peace Center; 7 p.m., free (RSVP required).
3) TWO-WHEEL TREK
Where can you go on a bike? Where can’t you go might be the more appropriate question, judging by the trailer for Reveal the Path, which follows racers Matthew Lee & Kurt Refsnider as they trek across four continents. See it at the Grand Lake Theater; 7 p.m., $15.
4) ALL ABOUT HAITI
Join journalist Amy Wilentz as she discusses her new book Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, which chronicles the half-island nation’s trials and tribulations, dispels stereotypes, and paints a multidimensional portrait of the people of Haiti. At the Hillside Club; 7:30 p.m., $7-$12.
5) CLINE TIME
Check out the new downtown Oakland venue Duende and the experimental pop jazz stylings of Nels Cline (joined by bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola) at the same time during the guitarist's four-day residency, which ends Saturday. 9 p.m., $25.