May 7: 'Du Barry Was a Lady' and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Author Ana Castillo, a leading voice in Chicana literature, presents her new novel, “Give It to Me.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Lectures

Brian Lamb: The C-SPAN founder, whose new book is “Sundays at Eight,” discusses the evolution of the public-affairs network. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mary Hulme: The president and founder of Moonstone Geriatrics discusses real-life strategies for coping with dementia. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robert Drewes: The biologist discusses animal and plant research conducted by the California Academy of Sciences on the African islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. [7 p.m., CAS, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Dogs and parks: A panel discusses issues involving dogs, human density and natural areas in San Francisco. Shaping San Francisco presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, 518 Valencia St., S.F.]

Peddy Mergui: The artist and designer speaks on the dynamic and often-blurred ethical boundaries of design within consumer culture. [7 p.m., Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfmcd.org]

Ask a Scientist: “Mysteries of Sleep” is the lecture series’ theme this month. UC Berkeley’s Matt Walker discusses discoveries suggesting that the brain is highly active during sleep time. [7 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Peter Hecht: The award-winning journalist talks about “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Max Isaacman: The financial journalist and investment adviser talks about “Winning with ETF Strategies: Top Asset Managers Share Their Methods for Beating the Market.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

At the public library

Deva Dalporto: The “MyLifeSuckers” blogger and contributor to the essay collection “I Just Want to Be Alone” speaks. [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Rock clips: Music journalist Richie Unterberger presents “Rock ’n’ Roll Women, Vol. 3,” a program of rare film clips of female rock and soul performers from the 1950s to the 1970s. [6:45 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Musical theater

42nd Street Moon presents Cole Porter’s “Du Barry Was a Lady.” Comedian Bruce Vilanch plays a washroom attendant who wins the sweepstakes and enters a dream world. [7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Local activites

Rock band: The alternative-rock and southern-rock band Needtobreathe performs material from its new album, “Rivers in the Wasteland.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Film screening: The story behind the making of the Bay Lights, the LED-light sculpture on the Bay Bridge, is the subject of “Impossible Light,” a documentary by Jeremy Ambers. [4 p.m., New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Native art: “Lines on the Horizon,” an exhibit of Native American ceramics, weavings and other art from the Thomas W. Weisel family collection, is on view at the de Young Museum. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Velvet Room at Clift: The wagyu beef tartare is a recommended appetizer. The caramelized dayboat scallops, with truffle butternut squash, are a highlighted entree. Steaks, too, are a menu favorite. Today, look for the rib-eye. [495 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 929-2300]

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