Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents ‘Dragons’ 

click to enlarge Circus time: Shaolin kung fu warriors are among the acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Dragons,” onstage in the East Bay through the weekend. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Circus time: Shaolin kung fu warriors are among the acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Dragons,” onstage in the East Bay through the weekend.

Who’s in town

Comedian Loni Love performs. “Chelsea Lately,” “D. L. Hughley Breaks the News” and the Comedy Central special “America’s Sister” are some of her credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Oksana Marafioti:
The debut author talks about “American Gypsy,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Angie Chau and Andrew Lam: The local authors appear in a reading and discussion on Vietnamese-American identity and literature and California. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.chauandlam.eventbrite.com]

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor: The scholar and biographer talks about “A Slave in the White House.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., Town and Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, No. 74, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Coit Tower murals:
The murals of Coit Tower are explored in a talk and a walking tour. Speakers include publisher Ruth Gottstein and historian Gray Brechin. [12:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

At the public library

Movie night:
“Stand by Me” (1986), directed by Rob Reiner and based on Stephen King’s story about a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy, is the feature attraction. [6 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]


Bay ecology:
The San Francisco Naturalist Society presents a talk on the ecology of San Francisco Bay. Science writers Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong speak. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Marty Nemko: The career coach continues his discussion series with a talk titled “Keys to Beating the Odds in Starting a Business.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Food system: “Think Outside the Plot” conference features forums about our local food system. [9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hilton Financial District, 750 Kearny St., S.F.; www.spur.org]

Recipe for success: Local culinary notables talk about their journeys to the top and how to succeed in today’s food scene. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Paawan Kothari: The proprietor of Chai Cart presents “The Art of Chai,” a class exploring the history, cultural roots and flavors of the Indian tea, milk and spice beverage. [6 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local activities

Circus time: Shaolin kung fu warriors are among the acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Dragons,” onstage in the East Bay through the weekend. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Art reception: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell artwork, hosts an opening reception for its new group exhibit, “Out of Order.” [7 to 9 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Nomadic roots rock: Rupa & the April Fishes headline an outdoor concert; Quinn DeVeaux also is on the bill. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Redwood Grove, Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley]

Dining out

Fringale Restaurant:
Recommended starter items include the frisee salad and the sauteed prawns in pastis. A signature main dish is the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with braised Napa cabbage. [570 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 543-0573]


Jazz and Bond:
Jazz drummer Akira Tana and his Secret Agent Men, known for their interpretations of James Bond film themes, perform at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.]


Documentary program:
The Passive House California Film Festival presents two short works chronicling the rise of the passive-house movement in the United States: “Passive Passion” and “Passive House: A Building Revolution.” [7:15 and 9:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]   

Filmmaker tribute: A series focusing on works by Japanese director Kaneto Shindo presents “The Naked Island,” his 1960 dialogue-free tale of a family of poor farmers struggling to exist on a nearly deserted archipelago. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screening room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

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