July 23: 'The Agony and the Ecstasy' and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge The Piccola Morte vocal ensemble performs a concert titled "The Agony and the Ecstasy: Secular and Sacred Music of Orlando di Lasso." - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Piccola Morte vocal ensemble performs a concert titled "The Agony and the Ecstasy: Secular and Sacred Music of Orlando di Lasso."

Who's in town

Author Annie Choi talks about "Shut Up, You're Welcome: Thoughts on Life, Death, and Other Inconveniences," her new collection of humorous essays. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

High rents: "Sky High Rents, Disappearing Nonprofits" is the focus of a panel talk presented by the Human Rights Commission's LGBT Advisory Committee. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room A, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

George Shultz: The former U.S. secretary of state shares his views on how we can best tackle the challenges facing the United States and the world. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ask a Scientist: Monthly science lecture, held at a cafe, presents its July event. "Strange Invaders: Ants, Termites, and Bedbugs" is the topic. UC Berkeley's Vernard Lewis speaks. [7 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Literary eventd

C.W. Gortner: The historical-novel writer discusses "The Tudor Conspiracy," the second book in his "Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles" series. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

John Rothmann: The radio host and political analyst discusses "Harold E. Stassen: The Life and Perennial Candidacy of the Progressive Republican." [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Kimball Livingston: The editor at large for Sail Magazine and "Sailing the Bay" author discusses "Sailing on the Edge: America's Cup." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Colleges

'Cancer 101': Physician Andrew Ko gives an overview of cancers that affect people of Asian descent most. [5 p.m., Herbst Auditorium, Mount Zion campus, UCSF, 1600 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Debbie Bard: The cosmologist gives a talk titled "The Dark Universe Through Einstein's Lens." [7:30 p.m., Panofsky Auditorium, Stanford University SLAC National Accelerator Lab, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Public libraries

S.F. Library Film Festival: "Fog Over Frisco" (1934), a crime drama directed by William Dieterle and featuring Bette Davis as a society girl gone bad, is the featured film. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Comedy show: Locally based comedian and blogger Lydia Popovich, known for her anecdotal humor and vivid storytelling, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Stage and screen star: Three-time Tony-winning performer Bernadette Peters appears with members of the San Francisco Symphony, singing from her extensive songbook. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Psychedelic rock: Hydrophonic, a locally based psychedelic hard-rock band, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Midday music

The Piccola Morte vocal ensemble performs a concert titled "The Agony and the Ecstasy: Secular and Sacred Music of Orlando di Lasso." [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Boxing Room: Chef Justin Simoneaux serves Cajun and Creole cuisine of New Orleans and coastal Louisiana at his Hayes Valley restaurant. He recommends the corn and Louisiana blue-crab bisque, with croutons, chili oil and scallions today. He also highlights the smoked baby back ribs, with house barbecue sauce, coleslaw and cornbread. [399 Grove St., S.F.; (415) 430-6590]

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