Phish bassist Mike Gordon performs at the Fillmore

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Phish bassist Mike Gordon performs material from his latest solo album at the Fillmore.
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Who's in town

Phish bassist Mike Gordon performs material from his latest solo album, “Overstep.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

Ocean protection: Speakers discuss strategies for preserving marine ecosystems and examine how to balance ocean protection with the needs of humans. [6 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.; RSVP (required): (415) 528-4646]

Fritjof Capra: The physicist and systems theorist known for his book, “The Tao of Physics,” discusses Leonardo da Vinci's scientific work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Bay restoration: Speakers discuss an ambitious project offering voters an opportunity to establish steady funding to restore the health of the bay and improve its resilience to climate change. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Steven Saylor: The author of historical fiction discusses “Raiders of the Nile,” the latest installment in his “Novels of Ancient Rome” series. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Tiffany Baker: The novelist, in conversation with author Ellen Sussman (“The Paradise Guest House”), talks about “Mercy Snow.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Peniel E. Joseph: The author and history professor, in conversation with fellow professor Clayborne Carson, discusses “Stokely: A Life.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Erik Noonan: The locally-based poet reads from “Stances.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Mitra Fabian: The artist, whose materials include tape, glue and office products, discusses her work. An opening reception for her show at University of San Francisco follows the talk. [3 p.m., USF, McLaren Conference Center 250, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Understanding dementia: Clinical social worker Mary Hulme discusses dementia, covering risk factors, symptoms and management strategies. [6:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Civil Grand Jury: The presentation looks at the purpose of the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury, the nature and impact of its investigations, and its members. [7 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Local activities

Floral art:”Bouquets to Art,” at the de Young Museum, features floral arrangements inspired by museum artwork, plus special events. Today's guests include designer David Stark. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Chamber orchestra: New Century Chamber Orchestra performs a community concert in a preview of its “Atlantic Crossing” program. Featured composers include Bartok. [7 p.m., Community Music Center, 544 Capp St., S.F.]

Opening night: “Top Girls” (1982), presented by Custom Made Theatre Company, opens at the Gough Street Playhouse. British playwright Caryl Churchill looks at gender roles and the price of success in this comic drama. [8 p.m., 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Sandra Risser, whose credits include one-woman shows in Scotland, England and Santa Cruz, performs at the Punch Line Comedy Club. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Marlowe: The pan-seared scallops, with bacon-wrapped asparagus, English peas, wild mushrooms and white-wine cream sauce, are recommended today. [330 Townsend St., S.F.; (415) 974-5599]

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