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June 17: World Party, one-woman show and more

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KARL WALLINGER OF WORLD PARTY

Who’s in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough shares the surprising story of Wilbur and Orville and the miracle of flight in his latest book, “The Wright Brothers.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

College discourse: San Francisco State University President Leslie E. Wong discusses universities’ role in shaping democratic discourse and debate. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

No nukes: George P. Shultz and James Goodby, co-editors of “The War That Must Never Be Fought,” look at how the world can settle conflicts without nuclear weapons. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Heartbreak: Sukey Forbes reflects on the loss of her daughter in the memoir “The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Sports insanity: “Fanaticus: Mischief and Madness in the Modern Sports Fan” is ESPN producer Justine Gubar’s exploration of how a love of the game can lead to riots, hooliganism and more. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Literary events

Debut fiction: Pushcart Prize nominee Jan Ellison discusses her intense coming-of-age debut novel, “A Small Indiscretion.” [Noon, Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

At the public library

LGBT literature: Writers Maggie Nelson, CA Conrad, Christopher Soto and Jackie Wang are sharing their work in “#Queerfail,” part of the RADAR LGBT literary series. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

S.F. on film: Jim Van Buskirk, co-author of “Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations,” is using film slides and clips to show some of The City’s most iconic movie locations. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Silicon Valley design: John Maeda, who recently became the first design partner of the Menlo Park venture capital powerhouse Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, discusses the role of design in technology. [5 p.m., Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.; sold out]

Local activities

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Rob Cantrell has been seen on “The Colbert Report” and recently released a comedy and hip-hop album titled “Dreams Never Die.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

One-woman show: Comedian and performance artist Kristina Wong recounts her experiences traveling through Uganda — and becoming an unlikely rap star — in the solo show “The Wong Street Journal.” [8 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., S.F.]

Oh yeah: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is marking the 10-year anniversary of its self-titled debut album by playing it live in its entirely: [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Rock show: Karl Wallinger is back at the helm of U.K. pop-rock group World Party, known for songs like “Ship of Fools” and “Put the Message in the Box,” after recovering from a brain aneurysm. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

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