Lines Ballet School presents its Summer Program Showcase 

Who’s in town

British installation artist Andy Golds­worthy appears in conversation, presented by City Arts and Lectures. Goldsworthy has received international acclaim for both his ephemeral and his more permanent site-specific commissions and sculptures. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Frederick Hertz:
The author and civil rights attorney speaks on the legality of Proposition 8 and what same-sex marriage could mean in the hands of the California Supreme Court. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino: The authors of “Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum” discuss illicit deals in the art world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Allen G. Pastron: The anthropologist discusses the sunken ships that lie under San Francisco streets. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts the talk. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Improving Market Street: Speakers discuss making San Francisco’s Market Street more people-friendly. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

The literary festival presents a tribute to avant-garde writer and eccentric ­Gertrude Stein. Poets Matthew Zapruder, Gillian Conoley and Paul Hoover take part. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Megan Abbott: The Edgar-winning novelist celebrates “The End of Everything.” The evening includes music and drinks. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sara Gran:
The novelist talks about “Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Degree completion:
USF hosts an informational meeting detailing its evening programs for working adults seeking bachelor’s degrees. [6 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain Campus, Admissions Presentation Room No. 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Brass and organ concert: The Bay Brass ensemble joins university organist Robert Huw Morgan. [8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University]

At the public library

Marriage legislation:
A panel discusses the immigration repercussions of the Defense of Marriage Act. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Vincenza Scarpaci: The author of “The Journey of the Italians in America” gives a talk and signs copies of her book. [6 p.m., South San Francisco Public Library, 840 West Orange Ave., South San Francisco]

Local activities

Gay composers:
The “Queering the Pitch” series presents a recital of music by gay composers, performed by cellist Justin Dougherty. [7 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market St. ]

Comedy show: Comedian Sheng Wang, whose credits include the Comedians of Comedy tour and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Young dancers: Lines Ballet School presents its Summer Program Showcase. Young dancers from around the nation and world perform works by top choreographers. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Dining out

Zero Zero:
Named for a type of flour from Naples, the restaurant serves pizzas, pasta, salads and starters. Chef-pizzaiolo Bruce Hill’s pizzas include the “Fillmore” with Hen of the Woods mushrooms, leeks, cheeses, garlic and thyme; the “Castro” with sopressata, sausage, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil; and the “Geary” with Manila clams, tomato sauce, garlic, bacon, pecorino, parsley and Calabrian chiles. [826 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 348-8800]

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