June 23: Lil Debbie and other SF events 

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  • Rising hip-hop artist Lil Debbie, the East Bay native and a former member of the White Girl Mob rap group, performs material from her “California Sweetheart” EP.
Who’s in town

R&B artist Tamar Braxton, who nearly passed out during a Friday performance in Las Vegas but performed the rest of that show as well as a Saturday show, brings her “Love and War” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Kit Yarrow: The consumer psychologist discusses the motivations of today’s shoppers and examines the psychological relationships people have with products and retailers. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Kenneth Turan: The film critic for the Los Angeles Times talks about his favorite films, from “All About Eve” to “Seven Samurai” to “Sherlock, Jr.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Kay Rae Chomic: The local author talks about “A Tight Grip: A Novel About Golf, Love Affairs, and Women of a Certain Age.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Charles F. Walker: The history professor discusses “The Tupac Amaru Rebellion.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

String quartet: The St. Lawrence String Quartet presents a midday program. Featured composers include Barber and Verdi. [Noon, Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

‘Cowgirl Tricks’: Vaudeville-style comedy Western act features trick roping, whip cracking, and kooky cowgirl shenanigans. [2 p.m., Chinatown Branch, 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

‘Rainbow Looms’: Participants, ages 5 and up, can create all kinds of things with rubber bands (bring your own if you can) and looms in this session. [2 to 4 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Hip-hop artist

Rising hip-hop artist Lil Debbie, the East Bay native and a former member of the White Girl Mob rap group, performs material from her “California Sweetheart” EP. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Local events

Japanese cuisine: The Japan Society of Northern California hosts A Taste of Japan, a night of tastings and demonstrations exploring Japanese food and drink. [6 p.m., Public Policy Institute of California, 500 Washington St., S.F.; www.usajapan.org]

Jewish designers: The Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts “Designing Home,” an exhibit that looks at contributions made by Jewish designers and architects to the nation’s modern domestic landscape. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

In bloom: Arbutus menziesii (or madrone), a plant with fruit resembling grapes, is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which is home to more than 8,000 types of plants. [7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

One-man band: Planning for Burial, the one-man band of metal, drone, and shoegaze musician Thom Wasluck, performs material from his new album, “Desideratum.” [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Mezes: The restaurant serves Greek cuisine. Entree options are marinated-chicken skewers with village-style potatoes, grilled salmon fillet with mashed potatoes and spinach, and slow-cooked lamb shank with orzo and Mitzithra cheese. [2373 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 409-7111]

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