Pianist Hugo Kitano performs Noontime Concerts 

PERSON IN TOWN

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Jane Smiley reads from and discusses her latest novel, “Private Life.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


LECTURES

Mike Weiss:
The journalist examines the dark days that followed the assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone and the effect they had on San Francisco. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Artisan manufacturers: Representatives from San Francisco’s small-business community discuss what we should be doing to encourage artisan manufacturing inside city limits. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]


LITERARY

Local movements:
Contributors to the anthology “Ten Years That Shook the City, San Francisco 1968-1978” take part in a reading and book signing. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Robert Vamosi: The journalist and analyst talks about “When Gadgets Betray Us.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Kate Payne: The author and blogger talks about “The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking: Decorating, Dining, and the Gratifying Pleasures of Self-Sufficiency - On a Budget!” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]


COLLEGES

Jeff Madrick:
The journalist and author of “Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present” speaks. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@milibrary.org or (415) 393-0100]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Science for kids:
“Harnessing Heat With Mad Science” is the theme of a workshop for ages 5 to 10. [4 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-5616]

‘Creative Crafts’:
The session, for ages 8 to 18, offers the chance to try different craft projects, such as beading, weaving, origami and drawing. [3:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]


CITY

Classical music:
Pianist Hugo Kitano performs works by Liszt and Prokofiev. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Community dancing: Redwood City’s Dancing on the Square series presents an evening of swing and lindy-hop dancing with dance instruction. [6 to 8 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Comedy tour: The Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour, featuring comedians Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, Joe Nguyen, and Samson Koletkar, returns to the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

LGBT cinema: The 2011 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival continues. Today’s bill includes German director Tom Tykwer’s “Three,” the Canadian drama “Trigger” and other films. [11 a.m. onward, www.frameline.org]

Urban design:
Pecha Kucha Night comes to SPUR. The evening, themed “Denser,” features speakers addressing population-growth-related design issues. They show 20 slides each, 20 seconds per slide. [6:30 p.m., 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the Minnesota Twins. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

DINING

Liverpool Lil’s:
Continental comfort food and traditional English pub fare are on the menu. Highlighted dishes include the beer-battered fish and chips, made with wild-caught West Coast cod. Also popular is the Liverpool burger — an 8-ounce Angus beef patty with grilled onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato and a choice of cheese, on a sesame-seed bun. [2942 Lyon St. S.F.; (415) 921-6664]

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