May 6: Music, lectures and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents a show benefiting the Medical Clown Project. Clowns, acrobats and musicians perform. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents a show benefiting the Medical Clown Project. Clowns, acrobats and musicians perform.

San Francisco events for May 6, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Journalist, author and New Yorker Editor David Remnick appears in conversation. “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama” is his most recent book. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theatre, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


  • Rory Carroll: The U.S. West Coast bureau chief of the U.K. Guardian discusses post-Hugo Chavez-era Venezuela. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Susan Weiss: The photographer discusses her 16-month project documenting the military community of Fort Stewart, Ga. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Corporations and sustainability: Speakers from Wal-Mart and Business for Social Responsibility discuss the promise and perils of a move toward so-called sustainable capitalism. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • ‘Art Sandwiched In’: SFMOMA series hosts an evening featuring speakers from the broader arts community. “Beyond Museum Walls: Envisioning Public Art” is the theme. [6 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.; (415) 357-4125]

Literary events

  • Michael Pollan: The author, journalist, activist and food expert talks about “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation.” [7:30 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Franklin St., S.F.]

    Mary Roach: The humorous science writer talks about “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

    Nathan Englander: The author of “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” speaks. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

  • T.C. Boyle: The award-winning fiction writer gives a reading. [8 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, Stanford University, 655 Knight Way, Stanford]

At the public library

  • First Monday Movies: “Trouble in Paradise” (1932), directed by Ernst Lubitsch and featuring Miriam Hopkins and Kay Francis, is May’s featured film. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Homework help: Student volunteers assist K-8 students with homework assignments. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Circus arts

  • Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents a show benefiting the Medical Clown Project. Clowns, acrobats and musicians perform. [8 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Norwegian film: “Kon-Tiki,” a dramatic film from Norway about the 1947 voyage of Thor Heyerdahl, who crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa-wood raft, screens at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 352-0835]
  • Theatrical reading: Golden Thread Productions, which presents plays about the Middle East, hosts a reading of “The Most Dangerous Highway in the World” by Kevin Artigue. [7 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]
    Baseball game: The Giants play the Philadelphia Phillies. Madison Bumgarner will be on the mound. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]
  • Press Club San Francisco: Chef Chris Borges creates seasonal plates and and comfort food at this wine bar and lounge. A slider dish featuring fried Gulf shrimp banh mi and shrimp pate is recommended today. Also look for the spring sugar snap pea salad. Dessert highlights include housemade macarons, available in five varieties. [20 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.; (415) 744-5000]

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