Balboa Theater screens 'A Boy Called Dad' 


British crime novelist Chris Ewan talks about “The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice,” the latest book in his “Good Thief” adventure series. Audio-book narrator Simon Vance joins him. [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]


Lyn Hejinian: The poet and professor talks about Gertrude Stein and her individualized prose. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Decorative arts: The American Decorative Arts Forum presents a lecture titled “Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age With a Passion for India.” [8 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Two fiction writers: Ben Loory (“Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day”) and Grace Krilanovich (“The Orange Eats Creeps”) discuss their books. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book group: The First Fiction Book Club discusses “Swimming,” by Nicola Keegan. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]


John Lund Kriken: The urban planner and city designer talks about “City Building: Nine Planning Principles for the Twenty-First Century.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: or (415) 393-0100]

Stanford Jazz Festival: The Bad Plus, a jazz trio, performs. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]


Library tour: Tour of Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor facelift of this Civic Center institution. [Noon, Atrium (meet at information desk), Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary speed dating: LGBT (today) and straight (Aug. 9) sessions are set. These speed-dating events are designed for book-loving baby boomers. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 557-4277]

Branch celebration: The office of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma salutes San Francisco’s reopened Merced Branch Library. Festivities include a Summer Reading 2011 wrap-up. [4 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]


British cinema: “From Britain With Love,” a series of recent independent films from the United Kingdom, presents “Toast,” “A Boy Called Dad” and “NEDs.” [2 p.m. onward, Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.;]

Piano concert: Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program featuring pianist Natalya Duvanenko performing music by Chopin and other composers. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series hosts an evening of community dancing. Today’s featured dance form: salsa. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Double feature: “White Heat” (1949) and “Angels With Dirty Faces” (1938), both starring James Cagney, screen at the Castro Theatre as part of the series “Legendary Composer: Max Steiner.” [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Marine-life awareness: Monterey Bay Aquarium visits Hallidie Plaza with touch-and-feel screens featuring games involving aquatic life. People can hook up their iPod or Android. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Market and Powell streets, S.F.]

Eastside West Restaurant and Bar: Chef Dino Vasquez cooks simple but bold fare at this gastro-pub. Popular appetizers include chicken sliders and fried macaroni-and-cheese balls, and also the oyster shooters, which contain a chili element. Also recommended are the grilled ahi-tuna Cobb salad and the “Big N’ Tasty Fried Chicken Sandwich.” Desserts include banana-bread pudding. [3154 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 885-4000]

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