July 11: Keith Moon's true self and other S.F. events 

click to enlarge "Keith Moon: The Real Me," playwright-actor-musician Mick Berry's multicharacter solo play about the wild-man drummer for the Who, opens at the Eureka Theatre. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • "Keith Moon: The Real Me," playwright-actor-musician Mick Berry's multicharacter solo play about the wild-man drummer for the Who, opens at the Eureka Theatre.

Who's in town

Singer-actress Molly Ringwald, appearing with her ensemble, presents an evening of jazz and American Songbook favorites. [8 p.m., Starlight Room, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 450 Powell St., S.F.]


Joseph Ellis: The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, whose new book is "Revolutionary Summer," discusses the summer during which the nation was born. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Rorke Denver: The U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and front-line veteran discusses the SEAL training program. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; event is sold out: visit www.commonwealthclub.org to get on waitlist]

'Too Big to Name?': The LaborFest event, with geographer Gray Brechin and a journalist panel, looks at the effects of media corporatization on investigative reporting. [7 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

Market Street: The program provides an audio-visual journey down San Francisco's Market Street, revealing the perspectives of designers, planners and everyday users. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Heidi Perryman: The founder of Worth a Dam shares the story of how one beaver family won over the hearts of the people of the city of Martinez. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Beat generation: Biographer Bill Morgan and poet David Meltzer discuss poet Allen Ginsberg, as both man and myth, and the legacy of the Beat generation. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Lee Foust: The Italy-based writer-performer reads from "Sojourner," his collection of fiction and poems. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art symposium: "The Artist in Public Life," a two-day symposium on the practice of public art, begins. Keynote speaker: Public Art Fund director Nicholas Baume. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Author appearance: Judy Juanita discusses her latest novel, "Virgin Soul." [6:30 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Full Moon

"Keith Moon: The Real Me," playwright-actor-musician Mick Berry's multicharacter solo play about the wild-man drummer for the Who, opens at the Eureka Theatre. [8 p.m., 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Local activities

Ring masters: San Francisco's 50th annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition takes place in Union Square. Cable car crew members vie for top honors by playing tunes on their bells. An amateur contest follows. [Noon, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Country tunes: Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys play from the CD "Back At The Quonset Hut," recorded at Nashville's legendary studio where some of the genre's greatest tracks were cut. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Chamber opera: Merola Opera Program presents "The Rape of Lucretia," Benjamin Britten's emotionally charged chamber opera. Emerging singers perform. [7:30 p.m., Everett Middle School, auditorium, 450 Church St., S.F.]


Record release party: Japonize Elephants, a Bay Area band playing gypsy jazz, bluegrass, cowboy country and hints of klezmer, appears to celebrate the new album "Mélodie Fantastique." [9:30 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Firefly Restaurant: Chef de cuisine Gabriel Sanders cooks popular and creative American food reflecting international influences. The shrimp and sea-scallop pot stickers, described as "delicate and delicious," are a longtime favorite appetizer. The cast-iron-roasted Bill Niman Ranch sirloin steak, with German butterball potatoes, spring onion and crimini mushrooms, is a recommended entree today. [4288 24th St., S.F.; (415) 821-7652]


Andre Gregory doc: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screens "Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner," director Cindy Kleine's recent documentary exploring the life and work of the director, actor, artist and raconteur. [7:30 p.m., YBCA Screening Room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

History show: "Secret San Francisco: Adventures in History" is a program of local history presented through film; local historian Woody LaBounty is special guest. [7 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Thursdays@Noon Films: "American Graffiti" (1973), George Lucas' tale of four teenagers cruising their small town before going off to college, is featured. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Young jazz artists: The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival's resident youth ensemble, performs a midday concert. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, esplanade, 770 Mission St., S.F.]


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