Good day: Thursday, May 24 

Dance double bill: Two "Dance en Creations" concerts feature, collectively, Dimensions Dance Theater, Robert Moses’ Kin and Compagnie Li-Sangha, among others. [7 and 9:30 p.m., Dance Mission, 3316 24th St.]

Who’s in town

Sheri Liao, one of China’s best-known environmental activists and journalists and the founder of the Global Village of Beijing, gives a talk on the environmental challenges that face China. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St.]

City activities

Bilingual theater: Writer-performers Paul S. Flores and Julio Cardenas appear in "Representa!" a bilingual show featuring spoken-word poetryand character portrayals. [8 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St.]

Food and philanthropy: Friends of the Children S.F. presents "12," a fundraising gala featuring food and drink from 12 restaurants and wineries, plus auctions and music. [6:30 p.m., Mercedes-Benz S.F., 500 Eighth St.]

Literary events

Gordon G. Chang: The author discusses "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World." [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St.]

Aliki and Willis Barnstone: The poets talk about "The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy" and "ABC of Translation." [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave.]

Lectures

Karim Rashid: The internationally recognized interior and product designer gives a talk. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave.]

AIDS discussion: "Abstaining From Reality: U.S. Restrictions on HIV Prevention" is the theme. [6 p.m., Zeum Theater, 221 Fourth St.; RSVP: rsvp@popact.org]

At the public library

Young writers: WritersCorps Annual Literary Festival features readings by youths from public schools, after-school programs and other projects. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.]

Cheetah movie: "Animals Are Beautiful People" film series presents "Duma." [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St.]

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