June 20: Frameline film fest and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge "Concussion," Stacie Passon's drama about a lesbian housewife's midlife crisis, is the opening film of Frameline 37.
  • "Concussion," Stacie Passon's drama about a lesbian housewife's midlife crisis, is the opening film of Frameline 37.

Who's in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dana Priest gives a talk about post-9/11 security titled "Top Secret America: A Short History of the New Security State Created After 9/11" in the opening program of the 2013 "Contemporary Historians at the Presidio" lecture series. [6:30 p.m., Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, S.F.]

Lectures

Michael Levi: The climate change expert discusses the nation's growing energy demands and offers a course of action that blends the best of fossil fuels and renewable energy. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lorri Ungaretti: The local historian and author of "Stories in the Sand" talks about the quick development of the Sunset district from "inaccessible" sand dunes to a city suburb. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Cathy Jean Maloney: The Garden Conservancy presents a lecture by the garden historian, author of "World's Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes." [6 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., Presidio, S.F.]

Literary events

Joan Steinau Lester: The journalist and fiction writer talks about "Mama's Child," a novel. [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Mark Abramson: The novelist presents "Love Rules," the seventh book in his Beach Reading series, a collection of gay mysteries set in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Poets Paula Farkas and Ann Leonard read from their work. An open-mic session follows. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Maria Nieto: The Oakland-based writer and educator talks about "Pig Behind the Bear," her first work of fiction. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: Works by major modern artists, including Sol LeWitt and Claes Oldenburg, are on view in "Wood, Metal, Paint: Sculpture From the Fisher Collection." [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

'Mad Science': The "Mad Scientist" performs crazy feats, including melting a head and creating an extra hand, in this program for ages 5 and up. [4 p.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

'Book a Librarian': Half-hour one-on-one sessions provide help with library and common computer programs. [5 to 6:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.; call (415) 355-2848 for an appointment]

CITY

Opening night

Frameline 37, the 2013 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, begins. "Concussion," Stacie Passon's drama about a lesbian housewife's midlife crisis, is the opening film. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Local activities

Wine bash: Uncorked Events' seventh anniversary party, the Best of the Best Summer Solstice Party, includes more than 150 international wines. [6 to 9 p.m., Chambers Eat + Drink, 601 Eddy St., S.F.]

Arts night: "Third Thursdays," a night out in the Yerba Buena area, presents its June edition. Events include an opening bash for two new exhibits at the Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F. [4 to 10 p.m.; www.visityerbabuena.org]

Jazz singer: Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, known for his emotionally charged original songs, performs with his ensemble. [8 p.m., SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Nopalito: Organic Mexican food is on the menu at the restaurant's two San Francisco locations. The quesadilla roja con chicharron available at both sites, is recommended. It contains mulato-chile corn tortilla, crispy pork belly, salsa cascabel, jack cheese, queso fresco, onion and cilantro. [306 Broderick St., S.F., (415) 437-0303; 1224 Ninth Ave., S.F., (415) 233-9966]

Burlesque

Weekly show: The transgender club Divas hosts "Diva Darlings" on Thursdays. [10:30 p.m., Divas, 1081 Post St., S.F.]

Exhibition

Cultural imaginings: In "Afro-Futurism: Envisioning the Year 2070 and Beyond," curator Kheven LaGrone centers on the stage of black consciousness, with contributions from James Anderson, Nyame Brown, James M. Kennedy, Danny King, Durrell Mackey, Ajuan Mance, Karen Oyekanmi, Jarrel Phillips, Michael Ross, Malik Seneferu and Tomyemore. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., African American Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Party

Mating games: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Birds & Bees NightLife," an evening with matchmaker Paul Brunson, folks from the dating app Swoon, bee experts and more. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Performance

LGBT arts: The 2013 Fresh Meat Festival, the Festival of Transgender and Queer Performance, begins. Artists slated to perform at the three-day event include Sean Dorsey Dance and Coyote Grace. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

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