September 3: Superchunk and other S.F. events 

Who's in town

Broadway star Audra McDonald, performing selections from the classic American songbook, joins Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony for the orchestra's 2013 Opening Night Gala concert. [Festivities start at 5 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.;]


Patton Oswalt: The actor, stand-up comedian, voice-over artist and author appears in an onstage conversation. The evening benefits the 826 Valencia scholarship program. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Art lecture: Museum docent Peggy Gordon discusses the art and life of 20th-century painter Richard Diebenkorn. [1 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Meg Waite Clayton: The novelist discusses "The Wednesday Daughters." [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Zoe Burke: The author of children's books discusses "Jump the Gun," her debut mystery novel. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book group: The Women We'd Like to Lunch With Book Club discusses "The Innocents" by Francesca Segal. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception: Evening celebrates the opening of "The Implications of Suggestion," an exhibit featuring sculptures viewers can activate through their own conceptions. [5 to 7 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Ying Zhu: The scholar of Chinese cinema gives a talk titled "Film as Soft Power and Hard Currency: The Sino-Hollywood Courtship." [5 p.m., McLaren Conference Center 250, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Medicare workshop: Medicare solutions specialist Joe D'Aura explains the intricacies of Medicare and Medicaid. [11 a.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Teen movie: Program for ages 12 to 18 features a screening of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012), written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. [4 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Super-indie rock

The punk-rooted indie-rock band Superchunk performs a concert in support of its 10th studio album, "I Hate Music." [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

Midday music: The Munich Trio performs a program of works by Fasch, Sammartini and Schumann. Noontime Concerts presents the event. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

'Architecture and the City': Festival hosts "Hidden Gems of the Mission District," a tour exploring some of the neighborhood's oldest Victorian streetscapes. [3 p.m., starts at 20th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, S.F.;]

Sailing races: The 2013 America's Cup sailing races continue at the waterfront. Red Bull Youth America's Cup fleet races are on the slate today. [11 a.m., Piers 27-29, S.F.;]

Free Tuesday: Admission to the Conservatory of Flowers is free on the first Tuesday of every month. Exhibitions include "Butterflies and Blooms." [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dobbs Ferry: West Coast food and East Coast style come together at this bistro. The chicken scarpariello, a New York dish given fresh twists by chef Mike Yakura, is recommended today. Ingredients include brined and roasted chicken, Italian sausage, sweet peppers, pepperoncini and crispy fried potatoes. Also look for the pork meatballs, a family recipe. [409 Gough St., S.F.; (415) 551-7700]


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