August 5: Woody in town and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge Woody Allen's new film, "Blue Jasmine," starring Cate Blanchett and set in San Francisco, has opened in town.
  • Woody Allen's new film, "Blue Jasmine," starring Cate Blanchett and set in San Francisco, has opened in town.

Who's in town

Musician and naturalist Bernie Krause presents a soundscape featuring the voice of the natural world. Krause has traveled the globe to record, research, and archive rare sound environments of nature. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Astronomy talk: Anthony Aguirre, associate professor of physics at UC Santa Cruz, gives a talk titled "Cosmological Intimations of Infinity." [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

New York report: Speakers discuss architecture- and planning-related lessons learned from SPUR's study trip to New York City. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Alexander Maksik: The novelist discusses "A Marker to Measure Drift." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Summer readings: Quiet Lightning comes to the Conservatory of Flowers. The program, "The Greenhouse Effect," features summer readings. [7 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Book discussion: The Commonwealth Club hosts a discussion of "Notes From the Underground," by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. [5:30 p.m., 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Stanford Jazz Festival: Jazz guitarists Julian Lage and Larry Koonse perform. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Art show: City College of San Francisco presents its "Summer School Extravaganza Student Art Exhibition" at the college's Fort Mason campus. [9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Building B, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

At the public library

'First Monday Movies': "Monkey Business" (1931), featuring Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo Marx, is the featured film this month. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Musical duo: The Crosspulse Rhythm Duo, which blends traditional and contemporary styles and makes music out of just about anything, performs. [10:30 a.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Woody in S.F.

Woody Allen's new film, "Blue Jasmine," starring Cate Blanchett and set in San Francisco, has opened in town. [Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 561-9921; Metreon, 101 Fourth St., S.F., (888) AMC-4FUN]

Local activities

Fins are in: "Shark Week" festivities continue through Sunday at Aquarium of the Bay. The celebration includes a "Feed the Sharks Tour" and a 3-D shark-themed film. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., The Embarcadero at Beach Street, S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Milwaukee Brewers. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Punk band: M.O.T.O. (Masters of the Obvious), a garage-punk band, performs an early show at Hemlock Tavern. [6 p.m., 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Tall trees: Sequoia sempervirens, the tallest living conifer, is a featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. More than 8,000 types of plants grow at the site. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Marlowe: Chef Jennifer Puccio and owner Anna Weinberg serve bistro favorites with flavorful twists at this South of Market spot. The grilled Niman pork chop is recommended today. It is served with corn pudding, sauteed spinach, cherry tomatoes, piquillo peppers and morcilla sausage. [330 Townsend St., S.F.; (415) 974-5599]

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