June 24: 'Madama Butterfly' and other SF events 

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  • San Francisco Opera presents “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s tragic opera about innocence, betrayal and sacrifice. Patricia Racette leads the cast.
Person in town

Poet, essayist and fiction writer Jeffery Renard Allen talks about his new novel, “Song of the Shank.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Food fights: Speakers discuss how food experts, particularly women, are finding their voices and engaging with corporations, governments and media to create a more nutritious future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Philip Choy: The local historian speaks at the June meeting of the San Francisco History Association. The history of Chinatown is his topic. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Dana Reitz: The choreographer appears in a “CHIME Across Borders” conversation, discussing her career in dance. [7 p.m., Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, 301 Eighth St., S.F.]

Literary

Ariel Schrag: The cartoonist and television writer talks about her debut novel, “Adam.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Short-story writers: Adam Wilson (“What’s Important Is Feeling”) and Lucy Corin (“One Hundred Apocalypses”) talk about their new collections of short fiction. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Two novelists: Litquake’s Epicenter series presents novelist Katie Crouch (“Abroad”) in conversation with novelist Glen David Gold (“Carter Beats the Devil”). [7:01 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Colleges

Art exhibit: “Wrong’s What I Do Best,” an exhibition exploring artist personas, is on view at the San Francisco Art Institute. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Public libraries

New documentary: Program features a screening of “Point of Pride,” a documentary about African-American civil rights in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Playland’s golden age: Author James Smith presents “San Francisco’s Playland at the Beach: The Golden Years,” his book about the vanished amusement park. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Opera production

San Francisco Opera presents “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s tragic opera about innocence, betrayal and sacrifice. Patricia Racette leads the cast. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

City

Indie folk: Streets of Laredo, an emerging indie-folk band, perform material from their debut LP, “Lonsdale Line.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

LGBT arts: Performer Kay Turner emcees “When Gertrude Met Susan,” a read-off between Gertrude Stein and Susan Sontag (played by imitators) to determine which lesbian icon is tops. [7:30 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Without a prayer: Comic Keith Lowell Jensen hosts the latest edition of “Ha Ha Heathens,” a show atheist and skeptical comedians. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Chez Papa Bistrot: French-Provencal cuisine is served at this neighborhood bistro. The lamb daube, is recommended today. Also look for the bouillabaisse, with black cod, clams, mussels, prawns and bay scallops [1401 18th St., S.F.; (415) 824-8205]

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