July 16: Sea of Bees and other S.F. events 

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  • Sea of Bees, a.k.a. indie-pop singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Baenziger, performs at the Rickshaw Stop tonight.

Who's in town

Wildlife photographer Paul Nicklen, who specializes in photographs of the polar regions, speaks at tonight's edition of "National Geographic Live." "Polar Obsession" is Nicklen's latest book. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Lectures

Future workforce: Industry leaders from Twitter, Google and Cisco offer perspectives on how to prepare your company for the future. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Parametric design: Speakers discuss parametrical modeling, whose gravity-defying arcs, ramps and curves are changing design. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Science happy hour: "Science, Neat" happy-hour series pairs short talks and live demonstrations. "Brains! Brains! Brains!" is July's theme. Neuroscientist Patrick House speaks. [6:30 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Meg Waite Clayton: The bestselling novelist celebrates the release of "The Wednesday Daughters." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Granta party: The evening celebrates the release of Granta magazine's 124th issue, "Travel." Granta online editor Ted Hodgkinson and writer Rebecca Solnit are set to appear. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Ophira Eisenberg: The comedian, storyteller and radio host talks about "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Design exhibit: "The New Italian Design," a traveling exhibit showcasing 288 projects by 132 cutting-edge designers, is on view at the Academy of Art University's Cannery site. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 2801 Leavenworth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Local islands: Photographer James Martin gives an illustrated talk on the islands in San Francisco Bay. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Planting seeds: Jonathan Silverman, of Feel the Earth, gives a family-geared presentation on how to plant seeds. Participants can take home a seedling and learn how to take care of it. [2 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Indie pop

Sea of Bees, a.k.a. indie-pop singer and multi-instrumentalist Julie Baenziger, performs at the Rickshaw Stop. [8 p.m., 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Midday music: Tenor Michael Desnoyers and pianist Jonathan Edward Mann perform Schubert's "Die schone Mullerin, D. 795." [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Art and sailing: "Impressions on the Water" exhibit explores the role sailing played in impressionist artists' lives. Featured painters include Monet, Renoir and Pissarro. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Clinton Jackson, seen on Comedy Central, "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," and "That's So Raven," performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Piano trio: The Longleash piano trio performs "Light Traps," a program of piano trios evoking light in many forms. Featured composers include Klaus Lang and Ken Ueno. [7:30 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

Radius: Chef Peter Cham creates locally sourced California cuisine at this restaurant and cafe. The Petaluma Farms fried chicken is recommended today. Roasted brussels sprouts, kabocha squash and ham hock complete the dish. Also highlighted is the cafe's happy hour (4 to 7 p.m.), featuring oysters (six for $10), wine half-carafes ($12), and beers ($4). [1123 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 525-3676]

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