June 12: SF Black Film Festival and other events 

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  • The 2014 San Francisco Black Film Festival gets under way with a reception and a screening of “Brothers Hypnotic,” a documentary about eight musical siblings.
Who’s in town

Novelist Tom Rachman, author of “The Imperfectionists,” talks about his new book “The Rise & Fall of Great Powers.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Laurence Tribe: The Harvard professor and coauthor of “Uncertain Justice” talks about how the Supreme Court and the Constitution frame how Americans live. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brihannala Morgan: The Borneo Project director discusses the wildlife, land and people of Borneo and how her organization is supporting rain-forest communities there. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Electric cars: Speakers discuss the state of electric-vehicle infrastructure in San Francisco and beyond. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Chris Johnson: The photographic artist, writer and arts administrator gives a talk titled “Perspectives on Street Photography, 1945 to 1980.” [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Literary lounge: Lunada, a bilingual literary and music lounge, welcomes author Michele Serros (“How to Be a Chicana Role Model”) and poet-actor-songwriter Gamal Chasten. [7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., S.F.]

Lisa Brackmann: The novelist talks about her latest Ellie McEnroe mystery, “The Hour of the Rat.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Kevin Fisher-Paulson: The San Francisco author and sheriff’s honor-guard captain talks about “A Song for Lost Angels: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Anthony Fauci: The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and adviser to the White House on global AIDS issues, discusses ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Diana Gabaldon: The novelist talks about “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood,” the latest book in her “Outlander” adventure series. [7:30 p.m., Foothill College, Smithwick Theatre, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills]

At the public library

Lisa See: The bestselling author talks about her new novel, “China Dolls.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Black cinema

The 2014 San Francisco Black Film Festival gets under way with a reception and a screening of “Brothers Hypnotic,” a documentary about eight musical siblings. [6 p.m., Jazz Heritage Center, 1320 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities

Make a craft: The Museum of Craft and Design hosts an “Etsy Night,” an adults-only gathering featuring crafts and brews. Artist Fleurette Sevin shows how to make hardware jewelry. [7 to 9:30 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Midday concert: Funk, soul and hip-hop singer-songwriter Destani Wolf performs an outdoor concert featuring songs from her new EP, “Peak Away.” [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 773 Mission St., S.F.]

Soul singer: New York City-based Kendra Morris, who has been compared to Chaka Khan, appears at Brick & Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Isa: The potato-wrapped sea bass, with capers, Fresno peppers, parsley, tomato confit, brown butter and lemon juice, is a signature dish. The yellowfin tuna, a tartar-like appetizer, too, is recommended today. Also look for the baked goat cheese. [3324 Steiner St., S.F.; (415) 567-9588]


Showcase: “PEN/MAN/SHIP,” Christina Anderson’s 1896-set play about a father, a son, an Africa-bound ship and family secrets, continues at the Magic Theatre. [8 p.m., Building D, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]


Local appeal: “Delusions of Grandeur,” a 2012 film about a rebellious, grungy girl who quits her depression medication and moves to San Francisco to live with her transgender godmother, screens. [7:30 p.m., Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.}

Music docs: Independent documentaries about musical subjects make up an eight-week series, which begins with a screening of “Don’t Follow Me (I’m Lost),” an intimate portrait of iconoclastic rocker Bobby Bare Jr. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]


Mother-daughter group: The book group for girls ages 9 to 11 and a female caregiver discusses “Paperboy” by Vince Vawter. [7 p.m., West Portal Branch Library, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

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