July 7: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and other SF events 

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  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are promoting their new album “Push the Sky Away.” Mark Lanegan and Queens of the Stone Age open the show.
Who’s in town

Amen Dunes, a project by Damon McMahon, first gained prominence through mix-tapes and has been described as “the exploration of the alien elemental song.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]


Pecha Kucha Night: Designers, artists, craftspeople and others explore the influences of the Japanese aesthetic and culture. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]

Merola Opera Preview Talk: Tracy Grant, novelist and Merola Opera Program director, will share details on the summer season as well as productions of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and Andre Previn’s take on Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Literary events

Book discussion: Herman Koch’s “The Dinner,” which details a tense dinner conversation between two couples that could decide their criminal sons’ futures, is the topic. [5:30, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]

Spanish book club: Spanish-speaking readers discuss Jose Eustasio Rivera’s 1924 novel “”La Voragine,” or “The Vortex.” [Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: The poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Tanabata: Festivities will mark Tanabata, literally “evening of the seventh,” which in Japan celebrates the annual meeting of the Ox Herder and the Weaver Princess stars, which according to legend are usually separated by the Milky Way in the night’s sky. [2-3:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Craft time: Children are invited to create collages, Lego structures and more during Make Stuff Mondays. [4:30-5:30 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Jazz music: The Stanford Jazz Workshop presents cool jazz, bebop, standards and more from Jazz Institute participants. [7-8:30 p.m., Braun Music Center, Stanford University, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

Dark rockers: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are promoting their new album “Push the Sky Away.” Mark Lanegan and Queens of the Stone Age open the show. [8 p.m. today-Tuesday, Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]


Global Town Hall: The World Affairs Council’s International Forum discusses the topic “China and the US: Friendly Competition in Africa?” [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Clay and Wine: Learn basic sculpting techniques while enjoying wine in this four-week course offered through the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. [7 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.; www.jccsf.org]

Internet pioneer: The documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy” details the life of Aaron Swartz, a pioneer of Internet and free-speech activism who committed suicide in 2013 at age 26 after being indicted on federal charges. [7 and 9:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Proto-punk pioneers: The Gizmos have reformed after splitting up in the late 1970s. [8:30 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

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