Author Laurie King discusses new book 'Pirate King' 

click to enlarge Laurie King (Courtesy photo) - LAURIE KING (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Laurie King (Courtesy photo)
  • Laurie King (Courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Laurie King: The author talks about her new detective novel, “Pirate King.” Partial proceeds from this pirate-themed bookstore event benefit 826 Valencia. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

Frances Moore Lappe: The author of “Diet for a Small Planet” dismantles seven common “thought traps” that impede our ability to combat environmental crises. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Janet Bishop: The curator of the “Steins Collect” exhibition explores how Sarah and Michael Stein transformed San Francisco’s appreciation for modern art. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book talk: The Commonwealth Club hosts a discussion of “The Great Crash 1929,” by John Kenneth Galbraith. [5:30 p.m., 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Asian Pacific American arts: Slack-key guitarist Steven Espaniola and the hula troupe Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu perform. [Noon, UCSF, Mission Center, Carmelina’s Cafe patio, 1855 Folsom St., S.F.]

Architecture projects: The exhibition features studio projects from spring 2011 architecture final reviews that were nominated for a Jury Prize. [10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

College volleyball: SFSU hosts Central Washington. [7 p.m., SFSU, Main Gym, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

History of life: Morrison Planetarium’s Ryan Wyatt and Jeroen Lapre discuss the making of the new planetarium show “Life: A Cosmic Story.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Library tour: A tour of the Main Library reveals the results of the $6 million first-floor facelift received by this Civic Center institution. [Noon, Atrium (meet at information desk), Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Local activities

Comical science: Scientist turned comedian Tim Lee, whose shows blend stand-up comedy with science and humorous PowerPoint visuals, performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Actor salute: “Cary Grant: Definitive Star,” a film tribute to the actor, presents “Notorious” (3 and 7 p.m.) and “Suspicion” (4:55 and 8:55 p.m.), both directed by Alfred Hitchcock. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

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