July 17: House with a history and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge The Cliff House, celebrating its 150th anniversary, hosts "History Day" events in its Terrace Room.
  • The Cliff House, celebrating its 150th anniversary, hosts "History Day" events in its Terrace Room.

Who's in town

Pioneering cartoonist Kim Deitch talks about his "wide-screen" new graphic novel, "The Amazing, Enlightening, and Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley." Also: The 1915 Lois Webber film "The Hypocrites" screens. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Unrest in Turkey: Speakers discuss the causes of the recent protests in Turkey and analyze how these events might affect Turkey's domestic and foreign policy. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Dale Schenk: The research scientist and Prothena CEO discusses how a three-decade effort to conquer diseases of the brain is beginning to pay off. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

David Gergen: The CNN political commentator and former presidential adviser discusses what's going on in Washington, D.C. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; event is sold out; only library seating is available]

Vanishing trees: Urban-forest advocates discuss San Francisco's low canopy coverage and ongoing loss of trees and examine how the nation's "greenest" city can remedy these issues. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

At the public library

Twitter class: How to Use Twitter: Part I: Getting Started is the focus of a two-part class beginning today. (Part II: Secrets of a Power User is set for Thursday.) [6 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Play chess: The session features informal, drop-in chess playing for adults. [12:30 to 2 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Scott C. Johnson: The journalist talks about "The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA." [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta: The activist and author discusses "Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation." [7:15 p.m., American Friends Service Committee, 65 Ninth St., S.F.]

Stephanie Lehmann: The novelist presents "Astor Place Vintage." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Beat generation: Ronald K.L. Collins, David Skover and Al Bendich discuss the inner circle of writers and artists that formed the Beat generation. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

House with a history

The Cliff House, celebrating its 150th anniversary, hosts "History Day" events in its Terrace Room. Talks by historians and displays of antiquities are on the slate. [1:30 to 8:30 p.m., 1090 Point Lobos, S.F.]

Local activities

Celebration of Nelson Mandela's Life: The evening of song, prayers and speakers features South African Consul General Cyril Ndaba; Boatamo Mosupyoe, Pan African and Ethnic Studies scholar; and the Vukani Mawethu Choir. [6 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 100 California St., S.F.]

Rapper tour: Rap and pop singer-songwriter Wiz Khalifa brings his "Under the Influence of Music" tour to the Shoreline Amphitheatre. [6 p.m., 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Cellist lecture: American Bach Soloists presents a lecture and demonstration with cellist Tanya Tomkins. "Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello" is the theme. [Noon, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Australian band: The Cat Empire, an indie-rock, ska and jazz band from Australia, performs a concert to promote its fifth studio album, "Steal the Light." [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Zare at Fly Trap: Chef-owner Hoss Zare creates Mediterranean and Persian cuisine at this South of Market restaurant. The stuffed heirloom tomatoes with house-cured tuna, rice beans, pancetta and pistachio pesto is a recommended starter dish today. For an entree, try the saffron-marinated chicken breast with farro verde, tamarind chimichurri, and spiced yogurt. [606 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 243-0580]

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