Novelist Olga Grushin talks about her new book ‘The Line’ 


Novelist Olga Grushin talks about her new book, "The Line." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Peter Godwin:
The award-winning foreign correspondent talks about his secret trip to Zimbabwe and the battle waged by Robert Mugabe to stay in power. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

America's Cup: Speakers from the America's Cup Organizing Committee and the Port of San Francisco discuss the yachting event and what it will mean to San Francisco. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]


David Bezmozgis:
The Latvia-born author reads from his debut novel, "The Free World." [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Jeff Greenwald:
The travel writer talks about "Snake Lake." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]


Joyce Carol Oates:
The author, in conversation with Michael Krasny, talks about her latest book, "A Widow's Story." [5 p.m., USF, Xavier Auditorium, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Chancellor's Concert Series: Cellist Jennifer Culp and pianist Betty Woo perform Chopin's "Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65." [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]


Book group:
Bernal Book Group reads "Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Newcomers are welcome. [4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

'Knitters Gonna Knit': Session is for beginners and experienced knitters alike, ages 9 and up. Practice supplies are provided. [4 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]


Solo theater:
"Killer Queen: The Story of Paco the Pink Pounder," writer-performer Peter Griggs' solo play about a gay boxer, opens in San Francisco. [8 p.m., Michael the Boxer Gym and Barbershop, 96 Lafayette St., S.F.]

Green gala: Natural Resources Defense Council hosts its 2011 Growing Green Awards gala, honoring excellence in sustainable farming and food. Guests include author Michael Pollan. [6:30 p.m., Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Beetle mania: "Nightlife" at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Beatles & Beetles." Guests include beetle expert David Kavanaugh and the Sun Kings, a Fab Four tribute band. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Art opening: The Italian Cultural Institute hosts an opening reception for an exhibit of artwork by Italian painter Alfonso Borghi. The artist is scheduled to attend. [6:30 p.m., 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Japan fundraiser: "All Hands Volunteers Club Fundraiser" benefits All Hands' disaster-relief efforts in Japan. Raffle drawings take place through the night. [9 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Parlor, 280 Leavenworth St., S.F.]

Broadway on screen: A filmed live-theater performance of "Memphis," the Tony-winning stage musical, is broadcast on movie screens, featuring the original Broadway cast. [7:30 p.m.; venues listed at]


Ana Mandara:
Chef Khai Duong's highlighted appetizer is shrimp and Dungeness-crab cakes, with corn and mango salsa and caper and anchovy sauce. Today's recommended main course is seafood melange, with leeks and carrots, curry broth and French bread. For dessert, look for the pineapple ravioli filled with mascarpone cheese with candied ginger and lemongrass broth. [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]

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