Los Pinguos, Native Elements perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco 

Who’s in town

Judy Hoarfrost
, who, at age 15, was the youngest member of the 1971 U.S. Ping Pong Diplomacy Team, takes part in a discussion in which Chinese and U.S. table-tennis figures look at Ping Pong Diplomacy and U.S.-China relations. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Carrie Pilto:
The assistant curator for “The Steins Collect” discusses how Sarah and Michael Stein’s 1926 commission of a home by architect Le Corbusier ushered in an era of modern luxury. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

American Guild of Organists: Historian Orpha Ochse and organ builder Jack Bethards discuss the great organ built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. [11:30 a.m., Holiday Inn at 1500 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Ron Hansen:
The novelist talks about “A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Twain novel: The Commonwealth Club hosts a discussion of “Pudd’nhead Wilson,” Mark Twain’s acerbic look at miscegenation and racism in the antebellum South. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Book group: First Fiction Book Club discusses “In the Country of Men,” by Hisham Matar. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Indigenous arts:
Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History presents the exhibit “Waru! Holding Fire in Australia’s Western Desert.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thomas Welton gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University]

At the public library

David Scott Gilligan:
The author and mountaineer talks about his book “Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Mad Science’: The properties of fire and ice are explored in this scientist-led program for ages 6 and up. [11 a.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]

Local activities

Two bands:
Los Pinguos, top, a Latin band originally from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, and Native Elements, a reggae band from San Francisco, perform at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Midday music: The Midsummer Mozart Festival Ensemble performs music by the composer. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Power pop: Rock musician Paul Collins, who began his career in the 1970s as a member of the Nerves, performs with the Paul Collins Beat, his power-pop and alternative-rock band. [8 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Boy dancer: “Billy Elliot the Musical,” performed by the touring company of the Broadway production, has opened at the Orpheum Theatre. A boy discovers his passion for ballet in this story based on the film. [8 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Organ recital: Concert organist Roger Nyquist performs works by Bach, Vierne, Saint-Saens, and others. The event is part of the American Guild of Organists’ Region IX convention. [2 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16 St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the San Diego Padres. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

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