June 25: Norwegian retro-soul and other S.F. events 

Who's in town

Bernhoft, an award-winning retro-soul singer and multi-instrumentalist from Norway, brings his North American tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Long-term care financing: Speakers discuss how people can reject long-term care insurance and opt to self-insure. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Presidential debates: Speakers discuss the process by which the presidential debates are formulated and offer views on the role of the debates in the general election process. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ron Ross: The local historian shares his collection of Magic Lantern slides, featuring images of early San Francisco, at the San Francisco History Association's June meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Bike-sharing: Speakers discuss how bike-sharing is creating a new mobility option for people worldwide and talk about a bike-sharing program the Bay Area plans to pilot this year. [6:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

American music: Salon97 presents its annual salute to American classical composers in honor of Independence Day. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Literary events

Two novelists: Ramsey Hootman ("Courting Greta") and Lisa Brackmann ("Hour of the Rat") present their novels. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Rebecca Solnit: The award-winning local writer discusses "The Faraway Nearby." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Karen Joy Fowler: The novelist discusses "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves" in conversation with author Dorothy Allison. Litquake presents the evening as part of its Epicenter series. [7 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception: A reception takes place for "Remember," a student art show exploring historical events, imagined narratives, recollection, trauma and re-creation. [5 to 7 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Jami Attenberg: The novelist discusses "The Middlesteins." [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Fire truck: Firefighters show off their fire truck and discuss fire safety. The program is for ages 5 and under. [2 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local arts

Summer of Art presents its "Tenderloin Tunes" program. Today's artists: Goldberg, Brown & Anderson, a jazz and improvisational trio. [Noon, United Nations Plaza, Seventh and Market streets, S.F.]

Local activities

Lunchtime Mozart: The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble, under the direction of George Cleve, performs a program of music by Mozart. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Comedian Kris Tinkle, from New York City, performs a stand-up show. "The Artie Lange Show" and the CD "Almost Awesome" are among his credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Plaj: Scandinavian and California cuisines come together on chef-owner Roberth Sundell's menu at this restaurant near San Francisco's Civic Center. The Alaskan halibut, with Hen of the Woods mushrooms, pea shoots, salmon roe and champagne cream sauce, is recommended today. [333 Fulton St., S.F.; (415) 294-8925]

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