June 6: Techie cello and more San Francisco events 

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  • The Exploratorium hosts an "After Dark" gathering focusing on art and music. Special guest: cellist Zoe Keating, known for her use of technology and her DIY ethic.

Who's in town

Jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, joined by fellow members of his trio, performs at Yoshi's. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Transforming infrastructure: Speakers present ideas for transforming major infrastructure near Mission Bay. Ideas include turning a freeway into a boulevard. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Evan Grae Davis: The documentary filmmaker presents "It's a Girl" and discusses the still-existing practice of killing and abandoning female offspring. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Art talk: Exhibition co-curator Laura Allen offers a sneak preview of the upcoming art exhibit "In the Moment: Japanese Art From the Larry Ellison Collection." [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book awards: Authors are honored for literary excellence in several categories at the 2013 California Book Awards celebration. Receptions precede and follow the ceremony. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Linda Kohanov: The author, riding instructor and horse trainer discusses "The Power of the Herd." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Karl Beitel: The writer and scholar discusses "Local Protest, Global Movements: Capital, Community, and State in San Francisco." [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Howard Nemerov: The son of poet Howard Nemerov and nephew of photographer Diane Arbus discusses the connection between his father and aunt. [5:30 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Museum Way and Lomita Drive, Stanford; RSVP: www.museum.stanford.edu]

At the public library

Writing workshop: Wannabe writers can learn to create original stories, develop characters and find a unique voice in this class conducted by writer-filmmaker Shevi Rosenfeld. [12:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

Magic show: Magician Chin Chin performs a 40-minute show of interactive illusion. [3 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Art and music

The Exploratorium hosts an "After Dark" gathering focusing on art and music. Special guest: cellist Zoe Keating, known for her use of technology and her DIY ethic. [6 to 10 p.m., Pier 15, S.F.]

Local activities

The Beats go on: In conjunction with the exhibit "Beat Memories," the Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts a "Quiet Lightning" literary performance inspired by the poetry of Allen Ginsberg. [6:30 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Nick Griffin, who has appeared with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and Craig Ferguson, to name a few, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

True stories: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, featuring more than 60 nonfiction films, begins. Opening-night film: "Spark: A Burning Man Story." [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; sold out, but tickets may be available at the door]

Garcon: The Dine About Town ($36.95) menu is highlighted. Appetizers include mussels and an arugula and frisee salad. Entrees include pan-roasted Pacific snapper and Parmesan raviolis. [1101 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 401-8959]

Drag

The Monster Show: This week's drag performance is a 30th birthday celebration for Crafty Dough (Joey Heal) with appearances by Cookie Dough, Heklina and Honey Mahogany [10 p.m., Edge, 4149 18th St., S.F.]

Games

Bingotopia: Fabulous host Easton hosts a bingo session featuring drinks and dorky prizes. [7:30 p.m., Knockout, 3223 Mission St., S.F.]

Movies

New Filipino cinema scene: "Harana," a film about a classically trained guitarist from San Francisco who returns to the Philippines after 12 years and rediscovers the almost-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading, screens. Producer Fides Enriquez and subject Florante Aguilar will appear in person. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.

Music

Sax quartet: The genre-blending Rova Saxophone Quartet presents "Grand Electric Skull," a work that mixes audio and visual composition with live improvisation. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

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