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Who’s in town

Cartoonist Roz Chast appears in conversation with illustrator and author Lisa Brown. City Arts and Lectures presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Benjamin Barber: The political theorist gives a lecture titled “If Mayors Ruled the World,” discussing how cities can become “new incubators of democracy.” Long Now presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Philip Howard: The attorney and author (“Life Without Lawyers”) makes the case for common sense and fewer laws. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Simon Sadler: The specialist in post-World War II architecture and urbanism offers his insights on the visionary, inventor and progressive dreamer Buckminster Fuller. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary

American Muslims: Editor Wajahat Ali and contributor Baraka Blue present “All-American,” a book of stories from American-Muslim men who reflect the gamut of the nation’s diversity. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Local voices: New Bay Area authors read from their work. Featured writers include Liz Demi Green (“Flinging Singing Things”) and Chris Carosi (“Bright Veil”). [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya: The State Hermitage Museum curator discusses the “Peoples of Russia” porcelain sculpture series, created in the early 20th century. [5:15 p.m., Encina Hall, Central CISAC Conference Room, Stanford University, 616 Serra St., Stanford]

LGBT events

Vince Emery: The editor of “The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words” reads from the book. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

LGBT pride: KQED hosts a gay-pride celebration honoring “LGBT Local Heroes.” Special guests include “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 553-3330]

At the public library

Squeals on wheels: The San Francisco Zoo’s Zoomobile brings animals from different habitats to the library. The event is for ages 4 and older. [1:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Spanish rock: Juan Perro, former leader of the Spanish rock band Radio Futura, performs at Slim’s. His music reflects a wide palette of genres, including blues, flamenco, soul, jazz, rock and Cuban son. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Rare alignment: The Exploratorium hosts a live webcast of the transit of Venus (the movement of Venus across the face of the sun). The rare event can also be viewed online. [3601 Lyon St., S.F.; details: www.exploratorium.edu]

Piano duo:
ZOFO Duet — a duo specializing in one-piano-four-hands playing — performs works by George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Frank Zappa and others. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Summer arts: “Summer of Art” at United Nations Plaza presents “What’s on Stage?,” a preview of upcoming theater shows. Featured artists include Silvia Girardi and Crowded Fire Theater. [Noon, Hyde and Market streets, S.F.]

Comedy show: Jill Bourque hosts “Jillarious Tuesdays,” her weekly comedy show. Additional performers include Kevin Camia, Justin Lucas and special guests. [7:30 p.m., Tommy T’s Showroom, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Balboa Cafe: The Balboa burger on a baguette, with lettuce, housemade pickles, and onions, is a recommended item. It is served with french fries. Coming up Wednesday: chicken paillard. [3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]

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