Cal Academy celebrates Oceans Day in Nightlife series 

Who's in town

Brooke Gladstone: The co-host of NPR’s award-winning “On the Media,” talks about “The Influencing Machine,” a work of graphic nonfiction. In her book, she appears as a cartoon (drawn by artist Josh Neufeld) and leads readers through two millennia of media history. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Art-history talk: Fine Arts Museums curator Lynn Federle Orr gives a lecture titled “Masterpieces of Dutch and Flemish Art, the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection.” [10 a.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

State budget: Next 10 coordinates its launch of the updated California Budget Challenge with an interactive workshop. [10 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; RSVP/info: www.next10.org]

At the public library

LGBT cinema: Frameline Movie Archive series presents “Olivia (Pit of Loneliness),” a 1951 French film directed by Jacqueline Audry. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Appalachian music: Karen Heil and the Knuckleknockers perform songs from turn-of-the-century Appalachia for children of all ages. [10:30 a.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Matt Richtel: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks about “Devil’s Plaything,” a novel. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Carol Edgarian: The novelist talks about “The Three Stages of Amazement.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Patricia Albers: The biographer talks about “Joan Mitchell: Lady Painter: A Life.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Poetry night: Readers Cafe and Bookstore presents its Thursday poetry program. This week’s guests: Modern Lovers frontman Jonathan Richman (pictured) and Maketa Smith-Groves. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

John Jung: The history writer talks about “Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885-A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Spring concert: The Vocal Chords perform a cappella renditions of pop songs. [7 p.m., UCSF, Genentech Hall, 600 16th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Into the deep: “Nightlife” at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates World Oceans Day. Guests include the dance troupe Capacitor (performing “Okeanos”) and DJ Jeff Stalling. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Casino fundraiser: The ninth annual Monte Carlo Night features music, casino gaming, food and drink, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit City of Dreams. [7 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Emerald night: The Cartoon Art Museum hosts a “Green Tie” gala celebrating 70 years of DC Comics’ “Green Lantern.” The event includes an art show and appearances by “Green Lantern” creators. [7 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Choral music: The San Francisco Girls Chorus presents “Beyond Boundaries,” a choral concert. Featured composers include Tania Leon and Chen Yi. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Dining out

Zare at Fly Trap: Chef-owner Hoss Zare has introduced “Grill & Grain” lunches — healthy dishes inspired by street foods from his native Iran and across the Mediterranean. He recommends two wraps, one containing grilled sardines and one with braised lamb. All wraps are made with lavash bread and come with a small salad. [606 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 243-0580]

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