May 14: Michelle Tea launches YA novel and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble, conducted by George Cleve, performs Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble, conducted by George Cleve, performs Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563.

Who’s in town

  • Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Nicholas Carr, whose books include “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains,” appears in conversation with Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired magazine. “The Social Network Effect” is the theme of the evening. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Jaron Lanier: The computer scientist and virtual-reality pioneer provides insight into what the new information economy could look like. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]
  • Science gathering: Ask a Scientist hosts a night of food, drink and astronomy with UC Berkeley professor Eliot Quataert. The evolution of the universe is the topic of his talk. [7 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St., S.F.]
  • Ship modeling: Clare Hess, of Hyde Street Pier Model Shipwrights, discusses the craft of ship-model building. [6 p.m., J. Porter Shaw Library, Building E, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; www.maritimelibraryfriends.org]

Literary events

  • Michelle Tea: The local writer launches “Mermaid in Chelsea Creek,” her first young-adult novel. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]
  • Gary Greenberg: The practicing psychotherapist and Mother Jones contributing writer talks about “The Book of Woe: The Making of the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • Grave matters: Obscura Society SF presents “Atlas Obscura: A Fate Worse Than Death,” a night with author Bess Lovejoy (“Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses”) and singer Jill Tracy. [7 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Double bassist: Thomas Martin, an internationally known double-bass player and instrument maker, appears in concert. [7 p.m., Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

  • LGBT children’s books: Randall Tarpey-Schwed shares his collection of books that feature gay and lesbian parents. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Kite festival: “Tenugui of the Hamamatsu Festival,” an exhibit of tenugui banners from the Hamamatsu kite festival in Japan, is on view in the Main Library’s International Center. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Midday music

  • The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble, conducted by George Cleve, performs Mozart’s Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Bronze lions: Two 800-pound Japanese bronze lion sculptures have been installed at the Asian Art Museum’s front entrance. The lions date to the late 19th century and are the gift of a donor. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Local history: “Secret San Francisco,” historian Woody LaBounty’s audio-visual history tour of San Francisco’s Richmond and Sunset districts, screens at the Balboa Theater. LaBounty co-hosts the event. [6:30 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]
  • Pop singer: British pop singer and songwriter Olly Murs performs at the Fillmore. “Right Place Right Time,” which contains the hit single “Troublemaker,” is his debut U.S. album release. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]
  • Theater fundraiser: ODC Theater hosts “Indulge,” a night of food, drinks, auction bidding and pop-up performances by LEVYdance and others. Proceeds benefit ODC Theater programming. [8 p.m., 3153 17th St., S.F.]
  • First Crush: Chef Jose Cardona creates contemporary American cuisine. The herb-marinated pan-roasted rack of lamb, with mixed beans, caramelized baby turnips and pearl onions, and natural jus, is recommended today. Also look for the long-popular Kobe burger, with red onions, romaine hearts, beefsteak tomatoes, pickles, smoked mozzarella, house sauce, and hand-cut fries. [101 Cyril Magnin, S.F.; (415) 982-7874]

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