June 5: SF Opera's quest for love and more San Francisco events 

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Who's in town

Nigeria-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie presents her third novel, "Americanah." [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Asia's water challenges: Speakers discuss water-security challenges occurring in Asia and how they affect economic growth and lives of poor people. [6 p.m., Asia Society, 500 Washington St., S.F., (415) 421-8707]

Temple Grandin: The professor, author, doctor of animal science and autistic activist appears in conversation with Adam Savage. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Laura Smith Borrman: The co-author of "Wine Country Chef's Table," joined by chefs from the Napa-Sonoma region, discusses the book. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Karen Joy Fowler: The novelist talks about "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Abigail Tarttelin: The rising British writer talks about "Golden Boy," a novel. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Poetry anthology: Editor-poet-translator Geoffrey Brock and fellow translators read from "The FSG Book of 20th-Century Italian Poetry." [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F., www.catranslation.org]

At the colleges

'Music in the Library': The folk-rock trio Rin Tin Tiger performs. [Noon, UCSF, Lange Reading Room, Parnassus Library, fifth floor, 530 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Reading series: The Radar reading series, featuring emerging and underground authors, presents "Radar Superstars." Scheduled readers include Jibz Cameron. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Resume workshop: The session is for first-time job seekers, career-changing people and professionals who may need critiquing of their résumé. [6:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Opera production

The San Francisco Opera presents "Tales of Hoffmann," Offenbach's melodic opera about a sensitive poet's search for love. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

National Queer Arts Festival: Bay Area performance artist, poet, dancer and activist Dazie Rustin Grego presents "I Am a Man," his exploration of gender expectations and masculinity. [8 p.m., the Garage, 715 Bryant St., S.F.]

Chess class: The four-session course, taught by Ewelina Krubnik and designed for adults wishing to improve their chess skills, begins. [6 p.m., Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; reservations (required): (415) 393-0113]

Indie rock: The Boxer Rebellion, an indie-rock quartet based in London, performs to promote its new album, "Promises." [9 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Luella: The burrata with warmed beets, mint and grilled bread is recommended today. Also look for the cappellini with yellow squash, zucchini, basil and lemon. [1896 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 674-4343]

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