August 21: Ricardo Lemvo and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Mystery novelist Steph Cha discusses “Beware Beware,” which follows professional sleuth Juniper Song in a Hollywood murder mystery. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]


Gay etiquette: Author and political commentator Daniel Curzon dishes out tales of San Francisco and discusses “The Big Book of In-Your-Face Gay Etiquette.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Gentrification discussion: Anti-displacement activists Janetta Johnson and Erin McElroy lead a forum on the topic of “Queering the Gentrification Conversation.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Hetch Hetchy: The S.F. Natural History Series presents Spreck Rosekrans speaking about the challenges of restoring Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to its original state. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Graphic novel: Fellow artists pay tribute to underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez in a party for the graphic novel “Bohemians.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 680 Market St., S.F.]

Litquake talk: Stephan Eirik Clark speaks about his debut novel, “Sweetness #9,” in conversation with Joe Loya in a program presented by Green Apple Books and Litquake. [7 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

U.S. travels: Author Sean Wilsey spent 15 years traveling the country for his book “More Curious.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

‘Organized Mind’: Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shares insights on the information age and his new book, “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Thursdays@Noon Films: Rock ’n’ roll star Roy Orbison plays a Civil War-era spy who plots to rob the San Francisco Mint in a screening of 1967’s “Fastest Guitar Alive.” [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Bookish beats: Singer Everything in Pen (aka Elizabeth Hubbard), performs volumes of songs inspired by books and authors such as Dave Eggers, Betty Friedan and more. [6:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Free concert: Blues singer Pat Wilder performs as part of the “People in Plazas” series. [Noon, Transamerica Redwood Park, 600 Montgomery St., S.F.]

San Francisco on film: Author Christopher Pollock discusses how on-location films have recorded and preserved images of historic San Francisco. The program is co-presented by SF Heritage. [6 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Learn burlesque: Conscious Burlesque kicks off a three-day burlesque workshop exploring body image, sexuality and stage performance. [7 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Fundraiser: “Women and Cigarettes,” directed and produced in San Francisco by Maria Mealla, screens as part of a fundraiser for 55-year-old Maria Eugenia Ocampo, who was recently diagnosed with dementia. [8 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Pan-african rock

Ricardo Lemvo, whose new album is “La Rumba SoYo” with Makina Loca, is playing the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. [6 p.m., 760 Mission St., S.F.]


St. Francis tours: The Westin St. Francis Hotel is marking its 110th anniversary with free tours on the 21st of each month. Tour includes a taste of St. Francis delicacies such as Celery Victor and Crabmeat a la Louise. [1:10 p.m., 335 Powell St., S.F.]

Raising suicide awareness: Browse pieces from dozens of artists in an auction fundraiser for SF Suicide Prevention. [4-8 p.m., SoMa Artists Studios, 689 Bryant St., S.F.]

Music at the CJM: Singer and performance artist Carletta Sue Kay takes the stage as part of UnderCover Presents. [7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Ron Funches, who has appeared on “Kroll Show” and “New Girl,” performs. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

NightLife: “Gallery Crawl” is the theme of this week’s NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences. [6 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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