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

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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