July 17: "Summer Slaughter" tour and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Singer Maria Muldaur and guitarist Eric Bibb duet on music from the Great American Songbook and beyond. [7:30 p.m., Miner Auditorium, SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]


Sports for Girls: Lorrie Fair, a member of the U.S. Women’s 1999 World Cup champion team, and other sports experts speak about the impact of 40 years of Title IX protection on girls’ sports. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Starry cookbook: Kim Sunee, best-selling author of “Trail of Crumbs,” shares stories from her first cookbook, “A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes From My World Travels.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Curious stories: Paxton Gate’s Curiosities for Kids presents its weekly storytime for 40-somethings — just kidding, these tales are for children. [Noon, 766 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 252-9990]

At the public library

Thursdays@Noon Films: Special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen’s work can be seen in a screening of 1955’s “It Came From Beneath Sea,” in which a fearsome giant octopus attacks the Golden Gate Bridge. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Library magic: Magician Heather Rogers entertains with magic, juggling and comedy. [1 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Quicksand fun: Children ages 5 and above learn the science of quicksand — and learn how to make some. [1:30 p.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-5721]

Origami session: Artist Shinta Arifin shows youths ages 4-12 the Japanese art of paper folding. [3 p.m., Presidio Branch, 3150 Sacramento St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Human rights onscreen: Stanford’s Human Rights Film Program presents “Bystander” and “WikiRebels.” The filmmaker of “Bystander,” which documents three people who stepped up to thwart mass murders, is slated to appear. [7 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University, 641 Knight Way, Stanford]

Local activities

Heritage: Five-time Grammy nominee John Santos leads a discussion about the history and preservation of Latin jazz in San Francisco. [6 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Toupee terror: Gene Hamm shares his graphic novel “Hell Toupee,” in which a flock of genetically engineered toupees escape from their lab and terrorize the populace. Don a wig for a festive photo in honor of the horrifying hair pieces. [5 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

NightLife at the Academy: Learn some spiffy new skills at “How-to Nightlife,” including catching seafood sustainably and pouring the perfect drink. DJ Kingmost spins the soundtrack. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Metal show

Massachusetts band Within the Ruins joins a full slate of metal mayhem — including Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus and The Faceless — on the “Summer Slaughter” tour. [3 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]


Southern-rock sounds: Jeremy Briggs, a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” earlier this year, comes to The City. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Family fun night: Jamie Lee Currier and Eric Hart present “Your Song My Song,” an evening of singalong tunes. [7 p.m., Easton Branch Library, 1800 Easton Drive, Burlingame]


comedy: Texas native Sheng Wang, who honed his comedy chops in San Francisco, has appeared on Comedy Central. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 8 p.m., 57 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]


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