June 26: Bells Atlas and other SF events 

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  • Bells Atlas, an emerging R&B, hip-hop and pop band from Oakland, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens.
Person in town

Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca appears in concert. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it]


Robert H. Lustig: The medical professor argues that while politicians are supposed to protect patients, sometimes wealth speaks louder than public health when it comes to addressing social ills. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Boies and Theodore Olson: The attorneys provide an inside look at the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ron Hipschman: The scientist discusses the history and physical dynamics of fireworks. [8 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

John Krumboltz: The Stanford professor examines how successful and happy people spend less time planning and more time acting, and why making mistakes is important. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

New forum: The State of the City forum, a current-issues roundtable, presents its first edition. “Displacement and Desecration of Community and Cultural Resources and Monuments” is the theme. [7 p.m., Modern Times, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Literary events

Joshua Weil: The novelist talks about “The Great Glass Sea.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Gayle Pitman: The author introduces “This Day in June,” her picture book about attending an LGBT Pride celebration. [2 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Local activities

Pride night: The California Academy of Sciences hosts Pride NightLife, saluting San Francisco Pride. Activities include a drag show, a vogue dance workshop and a “StarGayze” planetarium show. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Access event: “Artful Discoveries,” a docent-led museum art-viewing program for people with early-stage dementia and their care partners, holds a session. [1 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 750-7645]

Opera at the symphony: Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony and symphony chorus in a semi-staged, multimedia presentation of the Britten opera “Peter Grimes” featuring tenor Stuart Skelton singing the title role. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lunchtime music

Bells Atlas, an emerging R&B, hip-hop and pop band from Oakland, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., 773 Mission St., S.F.]


Thursdays @ Noon Films: “High Anxiety” (1977), Mel Brooks’ parody of Hitchcockian suspense films, screens. [Noon, San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Documentary: “Holding on to Jah” details the history of Jamaica, reggae music and the Rasta movement, while bringing into focus the roles played by Jamaican political leader and publisher Marcus Garvey and Ethiopia’s 225th emperor, Haile Selassie. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Sing-along show: The hit animated musical “Frozen” screens at a free outdoor family event. [8:45 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]


Major players: “Flower Power” a nine-work exhibition of flower-related prints by Andy Warhol, Donald Sultan, Alex Katz, Willie Cole and Tom Wesselmann, is on view at Cantor Arts Center. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

Ristobar: Chef Michele Belotti creates rustic Italian fare. The pappardelle is recommended today. Also look for the maialino — slow-cooked suckling pig with Gala apple, green onions, grilled white corn and balsamic. [2300 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 923-6464]

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