June 16: 'Gore Vidal' screening and other SF events 

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  • “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” a documentary film about the late American author, iconoclast and provocateur, is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema.
Who’s in town

Jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, a seminal figure in the soul-jazz movement, performs at the SFJAZZ Center, joined by fellow members of his “In the Beginning” octet. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Southside Spirit House: New on chef Mark Hayashida’s menu is the Boomtown pizza with Brussels sprouts, red onion, bacon, house marinara, mozzarella, white cheddar, apples, chives, and feta cheese. The truffle tots, too, are recommended. [575 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 543-5874]


Denise Hughes: The author of “Earn Save Spend Give” speaks about what is needed to make money work in life. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Red planet: Planetary geologists Jeffrey Moore and Eldar Noe Dobrea, using high-resolution data collected by spacecraft, give an immersive tour of Mars. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Literary events

Jordan Ellenberg: The author and mathematics professor talks about “How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Novella Carpenter: The writer and farmer talks about “Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Thomas Beller: The biographer and former New Yorker staff writer presents “J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Pride gathering: Authors from the Bay Area, New York and Los Angeles read from their works in celebration of Pride Month. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan St., S.F.]

Poetry night: Poets Jane Rades, Nancy Wakeman, Al Averbach and Stephen Kopel read from their works. An open-mic session follows. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: Young artists document pivotal moments for Brazil in “Picture a Change,” a project introducing the art of photography to youths in Brazil’s hillside slums. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Coen film: Program features a screening of the Coen brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000), a comedy loosely based on Homer’s “The Odyssey.” [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

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

Local activities

Joyce division: The Mechanics’ Institute hosts its annual Bloomsday event. Festivities include readings from “Ulysses” and other works by James Joyce, plus Irish music and dance. [6 and 8 p.m., 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

New theater: Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents a reading by playwright Mfoniso Udofia of her new drama, “Sojourners.” A conversation follows. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Vidal portrait

“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia,” a documentary film about the late American author, iconoclast and provocateur, is playing at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 771-0183]

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