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Artist Jun Kaneko attends a dedication ceremony for an installation of two of his ceramic “Heads” at the War Memorial Opera House. [11 a.m., 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


David Walker: The former U.S. comptroller general discusses the fiscal situation and his efforts to be a nonpartisan voice for lawmakers via his work with Comeback America. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Richard Martin: The Pike Research editorial director discusses the history and future of thorium, a long-lost cousin to uranium  — and, in his view, a safer, cleaner means of energy. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Italian cuisine: The Italian Cultural Institute hosts two labs — on focaccia (10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m.) and coffee (11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m.) — that explore the link between taste and science. [814 Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 788-7142]

Literary events

Mark Coggins: The locally based novelist talks about “Prom Night and Other Man Made Disasters,” a collection of humorous first-person essays. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Book party: The evening celebrates the release of “Inside/Out” and the poetry of Marilyn Buck. Readers include Sin Soracco. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Will Allen: The urban farmer and MacArthur Genius award recipient talks about “The Good Food Revolution.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers market: The weekly market features fresh produce, on-the-go lunch selections, flowers and live music. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., UCSF, Mission Bay campus, on the plaza at Gene Friend Way, near Third Street, S.F.]

At the public library

Opera lecture: Verdi’s “Attila” is the subject of a talk presented by the San Francisco Opera Guild. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary reading: The radar series, featuring LGBT and underground writers, presents a “SuperStars” program with authors Ariana Reines, Justin Torres and others. [6 p.m.,  Koret Auditorium, Main Library,100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Brendan Benson, rock and pop singer, songwriter and member of the Raconteurs, performs a concert to promote his new album, “What Kind of World.” [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Dance benefit: Dancers from San Francisco Ballet, ODC/Dance and other companies appear in the “Get in Front Performance.” It benefits the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Pride Month: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center hosts a volunteer orientation for those who would like to help out with the center’s Pride Party and other events. [6:30 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Kris Tinkle, who has performed on USO tours and hosts the podcast “Rabbit Punch Radio,” appears. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Tango time: Tango in the Square takes place in Union Square. Free lessons, performances and public dancing make up the monthly fun. Tango No. 9 proves the music today. [2 to 4 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Dining Out

New Eritrea Restaurant: The marinated chicken drumsticks, simmered with onion, tomatoes, clarified butter and red-pepper sauce, are particularly popular. [907 Irving St., S.F.; (415) 681-1288]

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