July 2: Magdalene's story and other S.F. events 

Who's in town

Human-rights lawyer Marianne Elliott discusses "Zen Under Fire: How I Found Peace in the Midst of War," her book about her experiences as the head of a U.N. office in Herat, Afghanistan. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]


Michael Brune: The Sierra Club director discusses how averting a potential climate change-related catastrophe is also a chance to create a better world driven by clean-energy prosperity. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Building permits: Speakers discuss why San Francisco has made all building permits "discretionary" and how this process affects city growth. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Dance talk: Choreographer and CHIME Across Borders mentor Tere O'Connor talks with choreographer Margaret Jenkins and three mentored dance artists. [7 p.m., Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, 301 Eighth St., S.F.]

Art talk: Museum docent Edith Freeman gives a talk titled "Artists in the Rain Forest: Creating the Maya World." [1 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Book discussion: The Women We'd Like to Lunch With Book Club discusses "Beautiful Ruins," by Jess Walter. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

Loren Glass: The Iowa-based English professor discusses "Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde." [7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art reception: A reception takes place for "Measured Bodies," an exhibit of student art that reflects notions of the body as a device of time, location and cultural identity. [5 to 7 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Local history: Jacqueline Proctor, author of "San Francisco's West of Twin Peaks," discusses the making of this local neighborhood. [6:30 p.m., Anza Branch, 550 37th Ave., S.F.]

All about honeybees: Tim Muhrlin, from the San Francisco Beekeepers Association, discusses honeybees, flowers and hives in this program for ages 3 and older. [2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

New opera

The San Francisco Opera presents the world premiere production of "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene," with music and libretto by Mark Adamo. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance series: The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance's Summer Dance Series welcomes Sharp & Fine, presenting "Love Songs," and BurnsWork, presenting "Sonority Rules." [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Comic couple: Married comedians Jacob and Sherry Sirof co-headline an evening of stand-up humor. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Indie pop: The indie-pop duo Pure Bathing Culture performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. "Moon Tides" is the pair's debut LP. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Italian band: Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, a band from Italy that reinvents southern Italy's pizzica music and dance traditions for today's global audiences, performs at Café Du Nord. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Le Colonial: Vietnamese dishes reflecting French influences are on chef Terrence Tri Khuu's menu. The steamed Chilean sea bass wrapped in banana leaves with tomatoes, shiitake mushroom, ginger and black-bean coconut sauce is recommended today. Also look for the wok-seared filet mignon with sweet garlic-soy sauce, pickled red onion, crispy shoestring potatoes, and Kaffir-lime dressing. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]

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