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June 27-28: Northern California Book Awards, Roxane Gay, Ex Eye, Ron Thompson, Contare Con Vivo, Barry Lancet, Kaitlin Solimine

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Poet and activist Judy Grahn receives lifetime achievement honors at the 36th Northern California Book Awards at the San Francisco Public Library. (Courtesy photo)


Northern California Book Awards: The 36th annual event recognizes the best published works of 2016 and celebrates Northern California authors; poet, activist and scholar Judy Grahn will be honored with the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement and Service. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Roxane Gay: The best-selling author of the essay collection “Bad Feminist” discusses her memoir “Hunger” in conversation with host Amy Stephenson at the sold-out ticketed event presented by The Booksmith. [7:30 p.m., African American Art & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]

Ron Thompson: The blues guitarist and keyboardist, who played with John Lee Hooker for years, got his start in East Bay clubs in the early 1970s. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits & Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Ex Eye: Arcade Fire saxophone virtuoso Colin Stetson’s avant-garde metal project released its self-titled debut; Dina Maccabee opens. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

U.S. Health Care Under Trump
: Former Medicaid/Medicare chiefs Gail Wilensky (from the George H.W. Bush administration) and Andy Slavitt (from Barack Obama’s administration) discuss health care reform, and how it will affect consumers. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Summer Movie Nights
: The fourth session of the free Tuesday evening series (on a first-come, first-serve basis) offers wine-tasting, followed by a 7 p.m. screening of 1967’s “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” [5:30 p.m., Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins, 1 Nob Hill, S.F.]

Cantare Con Vivo: The 24-voice chamber ensemble appears in a encore production of its winter concert of pop tunes from the 20th and 21st centuries. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland]

Gabe Habash, Julie Buntin: The authors discuss their new novels: Habash’s “Stephen Florida” is a coming-of-age tale about a “compellingly strange” character, and Buntin’s “Marlena,” is the story of two teen girls “and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Barry Lancet: The writer reads from “The Spy Across the Table,” the fourth installment of his Jim Brodie thriller series, which finds the investigator “in the crosshairs of the Chinese, North Korean, and American governments.” [7 p.m., Bookshop West Portal, 80 W. Portal Ave., S.F.]


Kaitlin Solimine: The San Francisco writer, and former Fulbright Fellow in China, launches “Empire of Glass,” an “epic that chronicles the seismic changes in China over the last half century through the lens of one family’s experiences.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

ComedySportz World Championship: The 30th annual event, featuring fast-paced, family-friendly improvisational comedy played as a sport, begins with opening ceremonies and the first match. [7:30 p.m., Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose]

Really Funny Comedians (Who Happen To Be Women): The standup lineup includes Natasha Muse, Sandy Stec and Kelly Anneken. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

How To Get DIY Publicity for Your Business Book: Alyssa Morrisey leads the session, presented by the San Francisco Public Library’s Business & Personal Finance program. [5 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room Main Library. 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Big Something: The North Carolina jam band’s self-titled second album is an eclectic mix of rock, funk, jazz, reggae rock, pop, jazz and hip hop. [7:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Wake in Fright: Considered a seminal modern Australian film, the movie directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Donald Pleasence tells the nightmarish story of a schoolteacher’s descent into demoralization at the hands of derelicts while stranded in a small town in outback Australia. [9:30 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Jonah Parzen-Johnson: The saxophonist living in Brooklyn who writes music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer appears on a bill with Bay Area multi-instrumentalist composer, Steven Lugerner. [9:30 p.m., Octopus Literary Salon, 2101 Webster St., Oakland]

Austin Mahone: The San Antonio, Texas singer-songwriter’s new video for his latest single “Lady” features Pitbull. [8 p.m., Social Hall, 1270 Sutter St., S.F.]

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