June 11: Jolie Holland at the Independent and other SF events 

Who's in town

Americana and rock singer Jolie Holland plays material from her new album, "Wine Dark Sea." [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


Jack Devine: The Arkin Group president and CIA veteran, whose new book is "Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story," appears in conversation. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

GMO debate: Speakers discuss whether genetically modified organisms should play a role in the food supply as humans brace for more climate disruption. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Rick Perry: The governor of Texas discusses energy, his experiences as a 2012 Republican presidential candidate and his view of the road ahead. [7:30 p.m., InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 1 Nob Hill, S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]

Literary events

Emma Straub: The novelist talks about "The Vacationers." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

J. Tony Serra: The civil-rights attorney and activist talks about "Walking the Circle: Prison Chronicles." [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Charles Krauthammer: The columnist and political commentator talks about "Things That Matter." [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Suzanna Danuta Walters: The director of Northeastern University's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program discusses "The Tolerance Trap." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers' market: UCSF market features fresh produce at two campuses. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Parnassus campus, Elevator G Breezeway, 500 Parnassus Ave., S.F.; 10 to 2 p.m., Mission Bay campus, 500 Gene Friend Way, plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Book launch: Robert Dawson presents "The Public Library: A Photographic Essay," his book saluting the vibrant but threatened American institution of the library. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Linda Chorney: The singer-songwriter -- who, without a label, manager or publicist, received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album -- shares her story. [6:15 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Opening night

"The Orphan of Zhao," James Fenton's adaptation of the classic Chinese play, opens at American Conservatory Theater. BD Wong stars in the story of sacrifice and revenge. [8 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Local activities

LGBT arts: National Queer Arts Festival presents "Still Here," a night with local artists and performers who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, with the AIDS epidemic as a backdrop to their childhood. [8 p.m., Garage, 715 Bryant St. S.F.]

Rock band: Moonalice, a rock and jam-band made up of seasoned California musicians, performs an outdoor concert. [6 p.m., Union Square, Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

Cuban music: Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars, an ensemble specializing in Cuban music both classic and contemporary, launches a four-day engagement at the SFJAZZ Center. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Dining out

Betelnut: The cha ca la vong is highlighted today. A modern take on a traditional Vietnamese recipe, the dish contains turmeric-marinated Corvina sea bass, sambal-marinated pineapple, rice noodles, pickled Thai chiles and fresh dill. [2030 Union St., S.F.; (415) 929-8855]

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