Two-venue event celebrates life, work of Gertrude Stein 

Who’s in town

Author Edie Meidav discusses her latest novel, “Lola, California,” in conversation with Oscar Villalon. [Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

Mary Jo McConahay: The journalist talks about her journey among the people of the rainforest and discusses the politics and species of the cradle of the Mayan civilization. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Barbara Desoer: The president of Bank of America Home Loans discusses the future of the housing market. [6 p.m. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mark Baldassare: The Public Policy Institute of California CEO leads a “Brews and Views” discussion on where California is headed. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea]

Literary events

Philip Huang: The author of “A Pornography of Grief,” a story collection, talks about the book. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Brixton Key: The debut novelist reads from “Charlie Six.” [6 p.m., Jack Kerouac Alley, near Broadway and Columbus Avenue, S.F.]

Ellen Sussman: The novelist talks about “French Lessons.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Michael Levy: The author and former Peace Corps volunteer discusses “Kosher Chinese.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Student ensembles: The Summer Music West program presents a concert of music for strings, piano and winds, performed by students aged 12 to 18. [3 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Freedom Riders’: The exhibit looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 Americans risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Larkin Street Bridge, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Beading Time’: The crafts session, for ages 6 and up, focuses on making a a bracelet. [5 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Local events

Gay Paris: Members of the LGBT community are invited to “An Evening in Gay Paris,” a two-venue celebration of Gertrude Stein. [5:30 to 8:30 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.; Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Fin city: Aquarium of the Bay hosts “Shark Week” festivities. Activities include shark-related talks, feedings, scavenger hunts and tours. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Embarcadero and Beach Street, S.F.; www.aquariumofthebay.org or (415) 623-5300]

Feelin’ blue: Exploratorium After Dark, a museum social for adults, has a “blue” theme this month. Events include dye demonstrations and blues performances. [6 to 10 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Brazilian music: SFJazz’s Summerfest welcomes Forro Brazuca, a San Francisco-based quartet specializing in the sensuous music of northeastern Brazil. [6 p.m., Stanford Shopping Center. 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Dining out

Chaya Brasserie: French and Japanese cuisines come together on chef Yuko Kajino’s menu. Today’s recommended appetizer is grilled octopus, with crispy baby potatoes, herbed radishes, and Meyer lemon aioli. For an entree, look for the pan-roasted day-boat scallops, with six-grain mascarpone risotto, tempura maitake mushrooms, and lobster fondue. Featured dessert: peach cobbler, a summer favorite. [132 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 777-8688]

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