July 9: a conversation with author Lisa Lutz and more S.F. events 

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Who's in town

Best-selling author Lisa Lutz discusses her latest book, "The Last Word: A Spellman Novel." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Central corridor: Planners discuss the Central Corridor Draft Plan, which supports growth and public improvements along and around the transit-rich Fourth Street corridor in the South of Market area. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

World forum: The World Affairs Council hosts an International Forum Connect event. "Cracking the Code: Exposing Government Surveillance in Bahrain" is the theme. Bahrain Watch's Bill Marczak speaks. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Hubert Keller: The master chef talks about how his roots in a food-focused French family led him on a journey to the top of his profession. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mike Phipps: The local historian gives a presentation on the 1920s-constructed Herbert Fleishhacker swimming pool, once the largest outdoor saltwater swimming pool in the world. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Decorative arts: The American Decorative Arts Forum presents a furniture-focused talk titled "Classical Excellence in Boston: The Work of Isaac Vose." [7:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Nina Schuyler: The novelist talks about "The Translator." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Katie Hafner: The locally based journalist talks about "Mother Daughter Me." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Chris Kluwe: The Raiders punter and marriage-equality activist discusses "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies," an essay collection. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Summer concert: The Grammy-nominated Bay Brass performs with university organist Robert Huw Morgan. [8 p.m., Stanford Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Reading series: Radar Reading series, hosted by Michelle Tea and featuring underground and emerging writers, presents its July program. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Environmental film: Program features a screening of "Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives," a documentary about the underreported environmental impact of war. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Guitar duo

Rodrigo y Gabriela, a Mexican duo who play fast, rhythmic, multigenre acoustic-guitar music, perform at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. [7:30 p.m., 1111 California St., S.F.]

Local activities

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe presents "Oil & Water," its summer park show. Two one-act musicals about dangerous energy practices are on the bill. [7 p.m., Mitchell Park, 600 East Meadow Drive, Palo Alto]

Soul singer: Blues and soul singer Tia Carroll performs with her band, Hard Work. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Cotogna: Italian cuisine is on chef Michael Tusk's menu. The raviolo di ricotta with farm egg and brown butter, a "dish that's never come off the menu," is recommended today. Also look for the Heritage red-wattle pork chop, distinctive for its rustic quality. A seasonal highlight is the Terra Firma Farm watermelon with ricotta salata.[490 Pacific Ave., S.F.; (415) 775-8508]

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