Good day: Friday, June 15 

Who’s in town: Character actor Barry ‘Shabaka’ Henley receives the San Francisco Black Film Festival’s Pioneer Award. Henley has appeared in "Miami Vice," "Collateral," "The Terminal" and "Bulworth," among other films. [6:30 p.m., Theater Artaud, 450 Florida St.]

Hot bots: Robots engage in soccer, sumo wrestling, combat, fire breathing and lots more in RoboGames, the world’s largest open robot competition. [Noon to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center]

City activities

Pride Week kickoff: A rainbow-flag raising and a reception highlight festivities. Guests include the mayor, parade grand marshals and community members. [5:40 to 7 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place]

Gallery gala: The Chinese Culture Center hosts a gala reception for "Cheers to Muses," an exhibit of art and writing from a soon-to-be-released anthology. [6 to 8 p.m., 750 Kearny St., Hilton Hotel, thirdfloor]

Literary events

Rob Gifford: The NPR foreign correspondent and author of "China Road: A Journey Into the Future of a Rising Power" speaks at an Asia Society event. [6 to 8 p.m., KQED, 2601 Mariposa St.; RSVP: (415) 533-2275]

Rebecca Stott: The debut novelist discusses "Ghostwalk." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave.]

Lectures

Oracle of Tibet: Thupten Ngodup, Tibet’s Oracle, discusses global warming. The San Francisco Department of the Environment presents the event. [4:15 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.]

Undergrounding utilities: San Francisco’s Utility Undergrounding Task Force discusses the process for putting overhead utility wires underground. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 312 Sutter St.]

At the public library

Teen Summer Reading Program: Project kicks off with a party. [2 to 4 p.m., Portola Branch, 2450 San Bruno Ave.]

‘Father’s Day Crafting’: Program participants make a greeting card. [10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bayview Branch, 500 Cortland Ave.]

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