Who’s in townBehavioral economist and best-selling author Dan Ariely discusses cheating, dishonesty and the contradictory forces that drive irrational behaviors. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]LecturesClimate action: Speakers talk about a recent survey examining how strategies in San Francisco’s climate action plan could improve air quality. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.] Read More
IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand, a Sausalito native, will pay a visit to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara on Thursday, where he will show off the team-themed paint scheme for his No. 4 car.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is a co-owner of Panther Racing, which has the No. 4 National Guard car in Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The car will be painted scarlet and gold, with the familiar 49ers logo on the rear wing.
The No. 4 is in honor of Harbaugh, who wore that jersey when he played for the Indianapolis Colts. Hildebrand’s fire suit will also be 49ers-themed. Read More
A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks, who had an outstanding rookie season last year and was considered a cornerstone of the team, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, clearing a spot for newly acquired shortstop Stephen Drew.
Weeks hit .303 last season and was the A’s regular second baseman for most of this season. But he is hitting just .220 this year.
Drew, acquired Monday from the Arizona Diamondbacks, started at shortstop and hit second for the A’s Tuesday night. Adam Rosales started at second base. Read More
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA. — Left-hander Quinton Gago scattered two hits over 5¹⁄³ innings as Petaluma National remained alive in the U.S. bracket of the Little League World Series by beating Fairfield, Conn., 5-0 in Tuesday.
Shortstop Hance Smith hit a three-run homer for Petaluma, which advances to face the loser of today’s game between unbeatens San Antonio and Goodlettsville, Tenn. Petaluma would have to win Thursday’s 5 p.m. semifinal game to advance to Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. U.S. championship game. Read More
Who’s in townMusical theater and cabaret star Barbara Cook, whose award-winning career stretches back to the 1950s Broadway scene, presents her latest show, “Let’s Fall in Love.” [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]LecturesMarc Freedman: The author of “The Big Shift” discusses how baby-boomers are deferring retirement for “encore careers.” [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
The A’s added veteran shortstop Stephen Drew from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a trade for minor-league infielder Sean Jamieson late Monday.
Drew, who missed 137 games with Arizona from July 21, 2011, through June 26 due to a fractured right ankle, was batting .193 with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 12 RBIs in 40 games since returning to the Diamondbacks. Read More
First baseman Danny Marzo hit a walk-off home run to right field in the bottom of the eighth inning to keep the Petaluma National Little League team alive at the Little League World Series with a 5-4 victory against Parsippany-Troy, N.J. on Monday.
Marzo went 2-for-4 and scored two runs for the winners in the extra-inning affair, representing the West Region. Teammates Bradley Smith and Hance Smith also had two hits apiece. Logan Douglas pitched the final 2¹⁄³ innings and got the win. Read More
Who’s in townComedian Sammy K. Obeid, a member of the CoExist? and Axis of Evil “next generation” comedy tours, headlines a “Live at Deluxe” show. [9 p.m., Club Deluxe, 1511 Haight St., S.F.]LecturesArts town hall: Candidates for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors take part in a town hall forum about the arts. [6 p.m., Lam Research Theater, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.; register: www.sfartstownhall.com] Read More
FRIDAYRock band: Howlin Rain, a San Francisco band with a psychedelic, bluesy and classic-rock sound, performs. “The Russian Wilds” is the group’s latest album. [8:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]SATURDAYA great bike party Read More
Who’s in townDustin Thomason, a Los Angeles-based TV writer and novelist, talks about his new book “12.21.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]LecturesGeoffrey Nunberg: The professor and linguist discusses the rise of the word “a-hole” and how it reflects contemporary American values regarding civility, relationships and class. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townPerformance artist, playwright and gender theorist Kate Bornstein talks about her new memoir, “A Queer and Pleasant Danger.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]LecturesSteve Blank: The serial entrepreneur and professor, in conversation with Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin, discusses how to build a successful startup business. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townBlues guitarist Coco Montoya performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]LecturesHoward Friedman: The statistician and health economist for the United Nations examines how the United States stacks up on key quality-of-life issues compared with other nations. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.] Read More
Something to read
"Desert America" By Rubén Martínez ($28)In a volume subtitled “Boom and Bust in the New Old West,” the award-winning journalist and poet investigates drug wars, immigration and the socio-economic divide. He reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. in The City.
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FRIDAYImprov theater: The Un-Scripted Theater Company, specializing in improvisation, is bringing back favorite shows in celebration of its 10th birthday. Friday’s theme: “Fear.” [8 p.m., SF Playhouse, Stage 2, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]SATURDAYA great self-guided bike ride Read More
Sharon Von EttenThe singer’s dark, sexy growls could make her the new Cat Power. [1:15 p.m. Friday, Sutro Stage]TennisLilting vocals and chiming piano make this husband-wife band a perfect summer festival fit. [4:40 pm. Friday, Panhandle Stage]Jukebox the GhostThe trio plays seriously catchy, sing-a-long pop. [3:05 p.m. Friday, Panhandle Stage]Zola JesusThe Wisconsin native’s strong, Amy Winehouse-like vocals color her dark, soulful electro-pop. [12:30 p.m. Saturday, Lands End Stage] Read More