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July 21: 5 Seconds of Summer, black holes and more

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Michael Clifford, left, and Luke Hemmings, of 5 Seconds of Summer, perform at the KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball at the Staples Center on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Los Angeles. (John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Who’s in town

University of Arizona professor Renu Malhotra is speaking about the dwarf planet Pluto, the Kuiper belt and the early history of the solar system. [Noon, SETI Institute, 189 North Bernardo Ave., Mountain View; seti.org/talks]


Black holes: UC Berkeley astronomer Steve Croft is giving a talk on black holes and how they grow, hosted by San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. [7:45 p.m., Presidio Observation Post, 211 Lincoln Blvd., Presidio, S.F.]

Early garages: Mark D. Kessler, author of “The Early Public Garages of San Francisco,” is speaking about the structures built to store and showcase automobiles after the 1906 earthquake. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Water crisis: The drought in the U.S. West is the subject of a speaker program. [6:30 p.m., David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Chinatown activism: Gordon Chin looks at the achievements of young Chinatown activists in his new book, “Building Community, Chinatown Style.” [7 p.m., Chinese Historical Society of America, 965 Clay St., S.F.; RSVP: chsa.org]

Debut memoir: Melissa Cistaro examines her mother’s abandonment of her and her brothers, and confronts the fear of making the same mistake, in her memoir, “Pieces of My Mother.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Literary events

Human connections: Joshua Mohr looks at the intersection of our private and public lives online in his new novel, “All This Life.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Story of hope: Janis Cooke Newman suggests that the impact people make on the world doesn’t necessarily end with their lives in “A Master Plan for Rescue,” her new novel. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the public library

Care for the elderly: Clinical social worker Mary Hulme discusses practical care options for older people and their families. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

At the colleges

Jazz artists: Jazz composer-pianist Caili O’Doherty and composer-guitarist Scott Sorkin are performing. [7:30 p.m., Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Spike in the summer: “Do the Right Thing” (1989), filmmaker Spike Lee’s drama set on a racially tense Brooklyn block, is screening as part of a summer series. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Pop star: Singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor is playing material from her new album, “Title,” on the “MTrain Tour.”  [7 p.m., Masonic, 1111 California St., S.F.]

Comedy showcase: Comedians Andrew Holmgren and Leslie Small are hosting a free comedy showcase at Milk Bar with no drink minimums or cover charge. [8 p.m., Milk Bar, 1840 Haight St., S.F.]

Rock show: The Ataris are playing their 1999 album, “Blue Skies, Broken Hearts … Next 12 Exits,” in its entirety to celebrate 16 years together. [8:30 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Classical music: The Stratos Quartet, a string ensemble, is performing works by Felix Mendelssohn and Astor Piazzolla. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Godard and Lynch: Two movies about the movie business, Jean-Luc Godard’s “Contempt” (7 p.m.) and David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive” (9 p.m.), are screening as a double feature. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Pop music: Australian pop-punk group 5 Seconds of Summer, which opened for One Direction, just released the single “She’s Kinda Hot.” [7:30 p.m., Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord]

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