August 12: Israel Vibration and other SF events 

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Who’s in town

Jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli brings his quartet to the Bay Area for fresh takes on the Great American Songbook and more. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

LGBT strides: Santa Clara University professor Nancy C. Unger discusses the heartbreaking and inspiring history of LGBT people in America, including milestones like Stonewall and heroes like late San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tales of treasure: Expert speakers share stories of real-life treasures lost and found — and the deadly consequences — in an Odd Salon presentation. [7-10 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Burning Man stories: Photographer George Post’s book “Dancing With the Playa Messiah,” documents two decades of the thriving desert arts festival. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Drug horrors: Erin Marie Daly’s new book, “Generation Rx: A Story of Dope, Death, and America’s Opiate Crisis,” details shocking abuses in the drug industry and personal stories of addiction. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the public library

Back-to-school clothing swap: Bring gently used children’s clothes and exchange them for other pre-loved looks just in time for the start of school. [11:15 a.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Video games: Play PS3 and Wii games on a big screen; games are available, or bring your own T- or E-rated games. [4-6 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Craft time: What’s marbled paper? Find out in a workshop that teaches participants how to create patterned paper with shaving cream and paint. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, Taraval Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Student exhibit: An opening reception launches “The Less You See, the More You Know,” showcasing artists from the San Francisco Art Institute’s summer public-education courses. [5-7 p.m., Diego Rivera Gallery, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

Walking tour: Learn the history of The City’s main drag in a free walking tour by San Francisco City Guides. [1:30 p.m., meet at Landmark Building, 1 Market St., S.F.]

Ready to rock: The four women in Atlanta’s The Coathangers are known for unruly live shows and infectious songs. White Fang and Twin Steps open the show. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Local parks: The Failing Playgrounds Task Force encourages public comment at a session discussing priorities in renovating local parks. [7:30 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]

Dance: The forum “Re-imagining our Cultural Commons: Making Spaces for Dance” shares ideas for dancers trying to find a place in the rapidly changing Bay Area. [7:30 p.m., Freespace, 1011 Market St., S.F.]

Classic Reggae

Jamaican natives Cecil Spence and Lascelle Bulgin have performed as Israel Vibration for more than two decades, tapping their Rastafari faith in their reggae music. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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