“American Musical Theater: Irving Berlin.” Talk by Bonnie Weiss. At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 3 p.m. Free. www.paloaltojcc.org.
“God and the Big Bang.” Kabbalah scholar Daniel Matt on the parallels between modern cosmology and ancient Kabbalah. At Congregation Etz Chayim, 4161 Alma St., Palo Alto. 7 p.m. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, free for members. www.etzchayim.org.
Michael Chabon. Book talk and signing by author of new novel “Telegraph Avenue.” At Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7 p.m. Admission with purchase of book. www.bookpassage.com.
“An Insider’s Look at Iran’s Turmoil.” Roya Hakakian, who grew up Jewish in Iran, discusses the country’s political upheaval, foreign policy and her new book, “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace.” At JCC of San Francisco, 3200 California St., S.F. 7 p.m. $10-$15. www.jccsf.org.
Arts in Nomadic Grove. Learn the ancient poetic form of the ghazal. At Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 12:30 p.m. Included with admission. www.thecjm.org.
Book talk by Joy Ladin. Author and professor discusses “Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders.” At Graduate Theological Union, 2465 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley. 12 p.m. Free. www.gtu.edu.