Joan Rivers gives sold-out lecture on life in show business 

click to enlarge Comedian Joan Rivers gives a sold-out lecture, “My Life in Show Business: 135 Years and Counting,” at the Jewish Community Center. (Getty Images file photo) - COMEDIAN JOAN RIVERS GIVES A SOLD-OUT LECTURE, “MY LIFE IN SHOW BUSINESS: 135 YEARS AND COUNTING,” AT THE JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER. (GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
  • Comedian Joan Rivers gives a sold-out lecture, “My Life in Show Business: 135 Years and Counting,” at the Jewish Community Center. (Getty Images file photo)
  • Comedian Joan Rivers gives a sold-out lecture, “My Life in Show Business: 135 Years and Counting,” at the Jewish Community Center. (Getty Images file photo)

Who’s in town

Comedian Joan Rivers gives a sold-out lecture, “My Life in Show Business: 135 Years and Counting,” at the Jewish Community Center.

Lectures

China and Taiwan:
Shelley Rigger, author of “Why Taiwan Matters,” and Alice Miller, China expert at the Hoover Institution, discuss the China-Taiwan relationship. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Social media and the brain: Neuroscientist Adam Gazzaley, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and author David Ewing Duncan discuss how social media technology is affecting the brain. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Olive oil:
“Enogastronomia” series presents a conversation about olive oil production, mushrooms and truffles, with food tastings. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Literary events

Wade Davis:
The anthropologist discusses “Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest.” [12:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Gerald Nicosia and Anne Marie Santos: The co-authors of “One and Only: The Untold Story of On the Road” celebrate the book’s release. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Richard Kadrey:
The science-fiction writer reads from “Aloha From Hell.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Modern dance:
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company gives its final Bay Area performance, presenting a restaged version of Cunningham’s final work. [8 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Architecture and design: Architecture for Humanity co-founder and “chief eternal optimist” Cameron Sinclair speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Altar workshop:
Anita De Lucio leads a hands-on workshop where children can create a Dia de los Muertos altar. [4:30 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

‘We Cannot Fail’: Bonda Lewis performs her one-woman show as suffragist, reporter, poet and novelist Sara Bard Field. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

City activities

Indian dance:
India-born, Paris-bred dancer Shantala Shivalingappa presents “Swayambhu,” a performance of kuchipudi, a classical dance form of Southern India. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Midday music: Soprano Shauna Falihee and pianist Miles Graber perform songs by Samuel Barber and John Harbison. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Science tales: Porchlight and the Bay Area Science Festival present Epic Fail: Stories About Experimentation and Failure, a storytelling event with Adam Savage (“MythBusters”) and others. [8 p.m., Maritime Museum, 900 Beach St., S.F.]

Korean ceramics: The Asian Art Museum presents “Poetry in Clay,” an exhibit of Korean Buncheong ceramics from the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art in Seoul. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dining out

Garcon:
Chef Arthur Wall serves French cuisine, and a new salad is recommended today. Ingredients include baby lettuces, Jonathan apple, Persian cucumber, goat cheese, hazelnut and lemon vinaigrette. Highlighted entrées include the scallops, with sunchoke, Bloomsdale spinach, maitake mushrooms and red wine brown butter. Also look for the pork tenderloin and, on Tuesdays, a corkage-free deal. [1101 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 401-8959]

 

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