Pluto killer speaks on book 

Who’s in town

Astronomer and self-described science geek Mike Brown speaks. “How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming” is his latest book. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Leah Shahum:
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s executive director shares bike-related lessons learned from her eight-month sabbatical in Amsterdam. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Lee Bycel:
The Redford Center executive director talks about activism, arts and change. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘EVs + Smart Grid’: Speakers discuss rethinking the way California generates and uses electricity in the age of electric vehicles. [9 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Michael Milken: The financier and philanthropist gives a multimedia presentation on what he believes must change to reinvigorate California. [6 p.m., Mark Hopkins InterContinental Hotel, Peacock Court, 999 California St., S.F.]

Barry McCaffrey:
The former U.S. drug czar and retired Army general discusses strategic national security challenges facing America. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Kim Gruenenfelder:
The novelist talks about “There’s Cake in My Future.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series:
The Alexander String Quartet performs Bartok’s “String Quartet No. 1 in A Minor.” [Noon, UCSF, Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, 600 16th St., S.F.]

Christine Larson and Jeremy Smith: The gender-issues authors discuss how the rise of women in the workplace is changing men and fatherhood. [4:15 p.m., Oak Room West, Tresidder Memorial Union, Stanford University]

At the public library

Choosing a school:
Parents for Public Schools – San Francisco hosts a workshop on the new enrollment process and how to select an elementary school for your child. [5 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Dining out

Eastside West:
Chef Dino Vasquez cooks simple but bold fare at this gastropub. Dishes include grilled Angus rib-eye steak with house-cut Kennebec steak fries, upland cress, and veal and red-wine reduction. Also available is a house-ground Wagyu cheeseburger with organic Colby cheese, special sauce and steak fries. The recommended appetizer is ahi tartare tostadas. [3154 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 885-4000]

Local activities

A sound offer:
Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences looks at the science of sound. Guests include Audium composer Stan Shaff and DJ Future Universal. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Symphony Concert:
The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, performs works by Mussorgsky, Khachaturian, and Prokofiev. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Opening night: The 2011 SF Sketchfest — the San Francisco Comedy Festival — presents “Upright Citizens Brigade: ASSSSCAT,” with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and others. [8 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

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