May 13: A Great Big World and other SF events 

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  • The indie-pop duo A Great Big World performs a concert to promote its debut album, “Is There Anybody Out There?”
Who’s in town

Opera singer Jessye Norman appears in conversation with San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas to talk about her new memoir. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Racial equity: A discussion honors the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education court decision and examines ongoing struggles for racial equity. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 567 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.californiahistoricalsociety.org]

Caitlin O’Connell: The expert on elephants and author of “The Elephant’s Secret Sense,” and other books, speaks. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Erich Hoyt: The marine conservationist and whale researcher shares stories of his adventures from more than 40 years of studying orcas. [5:30 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero, S.F.]

Paul Hayne: The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory research scientist gives a talk titled “Carbon Dioxide Snowfalls, Polar Caps and the Climate of Mars.” [Noon, SETI Institute, 189 North Bernardo Ave., Mountain View; www.seti.org/talks]

Literary events

Francine Prose: The novelist talks about “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Kathryn Ma: The debut novelist launches “The Year She Left Us.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Two authors: Novelists Kaui Hart Hemmings (“The Possibilities”) and Michelle Richmond (“Golden State”) appear in a Litquake Epicenter conversation. [7 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art exhibit: “Half Tilt Full Lean,” a thesis exhibition, features work by five graduating MFA students. Artist Enrique Chagoya curated the show. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thomas Welton gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Manlio Argueta: The Salvadoran poet and novelist, who is touring and hosting writer workshops, makes a library visit. Fellow poet and author Jorge Argueta joins him. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Computer help: The drop-in session offers one-on-one assistance for those needing help with email accounts, word processing and other computer essentials. [1:15 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Pop duo

The indie-pop duo A Great Big World performs a concert to promote its debut album, “Is There Anybody Out There?” [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Midday music: Violinist Youjin Lee and pianist Hsin-I Huang perform works by Maurice Ravel and Jeno Hubay. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Gay comedy: The Punch Line Comedy Club hosts “Hey Gurl!,” a “night of comedy from gay men and the ladies who love them.” Featured comics include Nico Santos, Joe Dosch and Caitlin Gill. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Atlanta Braves, and it’s food-drive night at the ballpark. Contributions of food or $5 are welcome. Donations go to local food banks. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Bocadillos: The pork belly, with grilled peach, chives, basil and scallion, is recommended today. Also look for a pea combination — English peas, snap peas, and pea leaves — with shallot, horseradish and mint. [710 Montgomery St., S.F. (415) 982-2622]

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