Balboa Theater screens 'A Boy Called Dad' 

PERSON IN TOWN

British crime novelist Chris Ewan talks about “The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice,” the latest book in his “Good Thief” adventure series. Audio-book narrator Simon Vance joins him. [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

LECTURES

Lyn Hejinian: The poet and professor talks about Gertrude Stein and her individualized prose. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Decorative arts: The American Decorative Arts Forum presents a lecture titled “Lockwood de Forest: Furnishing the Gilded Age With a Passion for India.” [8 p.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

LITERARY

Two fiction writers: Ben Loory (“Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day”) and Grace Krilanovich (“The Orange Eats Creeps”) discuss their books. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book group: The First Fiction Book Club discusses “Swimming,” by Nicola Keegan. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

COLLEGES

John Lund Kriken: The urban planner and city designer talks about “City Building: Nine Planning Principles for the Twenty-First Century.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@milibrary.org or (415) 393-0100]

Stanford Jazz Festival: The Bad Plus, a jazz trio, performs. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

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

Literary speed dating: LGBT (today) and straight (Aug. 9) sessions are set. These speed-dating events are designed for book-loving baby boomers. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 557-4277]

Branch celebration: The office of Assemblywoman Fiona Ma salutes San Francisco’s reopened Merced Branch Library. Festivities include a Summer Reading 2011 wrap-up. [4 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

CITY

British cinema: “From Britain With Love,” a series of recent independent films from the United Kingdom, presents “Toast,” “A Boy Called Dad” and “NEDs.” [2 p.m. onward, Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.; www.balboamovies.com]

Piano concert: Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program featuring pianist Natalya Duvanenko performing music by Chopin and other composers. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series hosts an evening of community dancing. Today’s featured dance form: salsa. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Double feature: “White Heat” (1949) and “Angels With Dirty Faces” (1938), both starring James Cagney, screen at the Castro Theatre as part of the series “Legendary Composer: Max Steiner.” [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Marine-life awareness: Monterey Bay Aquarium visits Hallidie Plaza with touch-and-feel screens featuring games involving aquatic life. People can hook up their iPod or Android. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Market and Powell streets, S.F.]

Eastside West Restaurant and Bar: Chef Dino Vasquez cooks simple but bold fare at this gastro-pub. Popular appetizers include chicken sliders and fried macaroni-and-cheese balls, and also the oyster shooters, which contain a chili element. Also recommended are the grilled ahi-tuna Cobb salad and the “Big N’ Tasty Fried Chicken Sandwich.” Desserts include banana-bread pudding. [3154 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 885-4000]

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