Classic girl group Shirelles perform in San Francisco 

The Shirelles play the Rrazz Room on Thursday. (Courtesy photo) - THE SHIRELLES (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • The Shirelles (Courtesy photo)
  • The Shirelles play the Rrazz Room on Thursday. (Courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Jim Lehrer: The former anchor of “PBS NewsHour” and author of “Tension City” provides an inside look at U.S. presidential debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Cheng Siwei: The chair of the International Finance Forum, Beijing, discusses China’s economic challenges and growth outlook. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Media talk: Media leaders discuss whether traditional media and new media can both survive. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

RIO+20 U.N. Earth Summit: Two environmental leaders discuss the gathering in Brazil of world leaders who will examine global environmental and economic challenges. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Gabrielle Hamilton: The chef and restaurant owner talks about “Blood, Bones, and Butter,” a memoir. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Amitav Ghosh: The India-born author talks about “River of Smoke,” a novel. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Judy Rickard: The longtime LGBT-rights advocate talks about “United by Love, Divided by Law.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Josh Mohr: The San Francisco novelist reads from “Damascus.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chen Qi: The artist gives a lecture titled “A Chinese Printmaker’s Cultural Identity and the Transformation in Contemporary Printmaking.” [6 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University]

At the public library

‘Thursdays @ Noon Films’: The program features “Suffragettes in the Silent Cinema” (2008) and other short films about the struggle for women’s suffrage. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Girl group: The Shirelles, featuring original member and co-founder Beverly Lee, sing their hits — the likes of “Soldier Boy,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Mama Said.” [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Local activities

‘Action’ dinner: Breast Cancer Action hosts “Action Speaks Louder Than Pink: Food for Thought,” an action-themed event featuring a top-chef dinner, entertainment and a silent auction. [6 p.m., Horatius, 350 Kansas St., S.F.]

Charity walk: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society hosts its Light the Night Walk, which honors blood cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle. [5 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.;]

Ballot boxing: “NightLife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Science of Voting NightLife.” Guests include Alex Clemens from the San Francisco site the Usual Suspects and political writer Gerry Shih. [6 to 10 p.m.,55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

B44: Chef Daniel Olivella and manager Jordi Olivella serve traditional Spanish cuisine. Fare includes tapas, paellas and other cuisine, an award-winning wine list and Spanish beer. Signature dishes include arros negre: rice, squid, clams, peas, bell pepper, squid ink and allioli (traditional sauce). [44 Belden Place, S.F.; (415) 986-6287]

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