Pianist Hilda Huang performs at Noontime Concerts’ ‘Piano Month’ 

click to enlarge Midday music: Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program. Pianist Hilda Huang performs works by Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Midday music: Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program. Pianist Hilda Huang performs works by Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms.

Who’s in town

Performance artist, playwright and gender theorist Kate Bornstein talks about her new memoir, “A Queer and Pleasant Danger.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]


Steve Blank:
The serial entrepreneur and professor, in conversation with Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin, discusses how to build a successful startup business. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Geordie Lynch: The director of the historical documentary-in-progress “City of White Gold” gives a presentation on how silver shaped San Francisco in the 19th-century Gilded Age. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Up Your Alley’: Speakers discuss how San Francisco’s alleys and small streets offer good opportunities for human-scale open spaces, and explore the risks and rewards of retrofitting them. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Art talk: The American Decorative Arts Forum presents a talk titled “Thomas Chambers, American Marine and Landscape Painter.” Art historian Kathleen A. Foster speaks. [8 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tead Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Gail Tsukiyama:
The novelist talks about “A Hundred Flowers.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

‘Lines and Lyrics’: Litquake event contains poetry and music. Featured artists include poet Miriam Bird Greenberg, singer-songwriter Jonathan Hirsch and cellist Lara Cushing. [12:30 p.m., Jessie Square, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

‘Words and Pizza’: Teams of local writers and friends vie in word games in this night of pizza, drinks and merriment. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.; advance tickets are required; visit the store or visit www.brownpapertickets.com]

At the colleges

Art Criticism Conference:
The annual event presents a staged reading of Oscar Wilde’s “The Critic as Artist.” [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfaiartcriticism26.eventbrite.com]

At the public library

Active volcano:
The June 15, 1991, eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Luzon Island, Philippines, is shown in “The Eruption of the Century,” a photo exhibit. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, International Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Tuesday Evening Writers’: The session features techniques and inspirational tips that can help aspiring writers get started. All are welcome. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Midday music
: Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program. Pianist Hilda Huang performs works by Bach, Schoenberg and Brahms. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Sweet dance fundraiser: ODC Theater hosts “Indulge,” a night of desserts and pop-up dance performances. Proceeds benefit the theater. Featured artists include Scott Wells and Dancers. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series hosts an evening of community dancing, with instruction. Featured dance form: the fox-trot. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Summer arts: “Summer of Art” at United Nations Plaza presents a Celtic-rock concert by Blue on Green and a presentation by Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet School and Dance Center. [Noon, Seventh and Market streets, S.F.]

Dining out

Boxing Room:
Fried alligator with Creole remoulade and lemon is a recommended appetizer today. For an entree, look for the southern fried chicken with braised greens and bacon-giblet gravy. [399 Grove St., S.F.; (415) 430-6590]

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