The Magic Theatre presents ‘Why We Have a Body’ 

click to enlarge Stage comedy: The Magic Theatre presents “Why We Have a Body,” Claire Chafee’s 1993 comic play about a lesbian private investigator and the women in her life. (Courtesy photo) - STAGE COMEDY: THE MAGIC THEATRE PRESENTS “WHY WE HAVE A BODY,” CLAIRE CHAFEE’S 1993 COMIC PLAY ABOUT A LESBIAN PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR AND THE WOMEN IN HER LIFE. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Stage comedy: The Magic Theatre presents “Why We Have a Body,” Claire Chafee’s 1993 comic play about a lesbian private investigator and the women in her life. (Courtesy photo)
  • Stage comedy: The Magic Theatre presents “Why We Have a Body,” Claire Chafee’s 1993 comic play about a lesbian private investigator and the women in her life. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Tony Award-winning playwright and V-Day founder Eve Ensler delivers her first talk based on her upcoming book, “Congo Cancer.” Proceeds from the evening benefit V-Day and Grace Cathedral. [7 p.m., Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F.; www.vday.org]

Lectures

Eric Ries:
The author of “The Lean Startup” reveals what he believes to be the essentials for a successful startup business. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Frank H. Shu: The author, professor and astrophysicist gives a talk titled “Nuclear Energy After Fukushima.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lois Ann Flood:
The dancer explores the power and influence of modern-dance pioneer Isadora Duncan. Her presentation is part of the San Francisco History Association’s meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Film-arts forum:
The San Francisco Film Society presents “The Sound of Cinema,” a panel discussion focusing on the arts of sound design, editing, and mixing. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Film Society Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.]

Literary events

Russ Baker:
The investigative reporter talks about “Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

William B. Gould IV: The labor lawyer, scholar, author, and Red Sox fan shares “Bargaining With Baseball: Labor Relations in an Age of Prosperous Turmoil.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Science talk:
Sunil Golwala, of Caltech, gives a talk titled “Deep Science: Mining for Dark Matter.” [7:30 p.m., Panofsky Auditorium, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Violin master class: Violinist Nora Chastain conducts a master class. Featured composers include Mozart and Chausson. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Charles C. Mann: The author of “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” speaks. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Local activities

Stage comedy:
The Magic Theatre presents “Why We Have a Body,” Claire Chafee’s 1993 comic play about a lesbian private investigator and the women in her life. [7 p.m., Magic Theatre, Building D, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Comedy face-off: The 36th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition presents its semifinals. The top five contenders from each of two preliminary rounds face off. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Classical music: The Temescal String Quartet performs a concert, presented by Noontime Concerts. Featured composers include Mozart. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Namu:
Chef Dennis Lee creates New California cuisine that reflects Korean traditions. The chicken adobo — chicken with Calabrian chile and pickled garlic and onion — is recommended today. Also highlighted is the duck confit, with handmade dried curried spice noodles and Padron peppers. [439 Balboa St., S.F.; (415) 386-8332]

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