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Lunchtime music: The Stairwell Sisters perform in Yerba Buena Gardens. Bluegrass is the group’s specialty.

Who’s in town

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Buzz Bissinger presents his new book, “Father’s Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Bridge symposium: San Francisco Architectural Heritage presents “Spanning Space and Time,” a symposium on the Golden Gate Bridge. [6 to 8 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; www.sfheritage.org]

Mark Glickman: The rabbi and Seattle Times columnist gives a talk titled “The Cairo Genizah: The Amazing Discoveries of Forgotten Jewish History in an Egyptian Synagogue Attic.” [7 p.m., Bureau of Jewish Education, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.]

Literary events

Barry Gifford and Willy Vlautin: The artistic notables celebrate the release of Gifford’s “Imagining Paradise: New and Selected Poems.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Cuban writers: Cubana authors Mirta Yanez (“Havana Is a Really Big City”) and Nancy Alonso (“Disconnect/Desencuentro”) read their work. Event is in Spanish, with translation. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Victoria Zackheim: The anthology editor, appearing with contributor Ellen Sussman, discusses “Exit Laughing: How Humor Takes the Sting Out of Death.” The event is dedicated to local literary luminary Kathi Kamen Goldmark, who recently died of cancer. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Lewis Buzbee: The locally based author talks about “Bridge of Time,” a book for middle-grade readers. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series: Pianist Lara Downes performs a program titled “13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg: Bach Reimagined.” [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Creative writing: Writer, filmmaker and journalist Shevi Rosenfeld Loewinger conducts a class focusing on writing stories, developing characters and finding your voice. [12:30 p.m., Potrero Branch, 1616 20th St., S.F.]

‘Movie Fun’: The event includes a screening of “Hugo,” plus popcorn. [2 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Local activities

Lunchtime music: The Stairwell Sisters perform in Yerba Buena Gardens. Bluegrass is the group’s specialty.

[12:30 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Art pair: SFMOMA’s “Now Playing” series welcomes the multimedia art duo Los Jaichackers, presenting performances centered on the intersection of music, history and cultural phenomena in Mexico. [6 to 9:45 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Album release: Local singer-songwriter Mark Nelsen of the psych rock trio Electric Shepherd premieres his indie pop debut “Childish Songs.” Secret Secretaries, Fleeting Trance, Spiral Electric and DJ Neil Martinson also are on the bill. [9 p.m., Thee Parkside 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Michael McDonald, best known for his work on “Mad TV,” performs at Cobb’s. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Jasper’s Corner Tap: The grilled Loch Duart salmon, with French green lentils, rosemary aioli and watercress salad, is recommended today. Also look for the fish and chips, made with tilapia. [401 Taylor St., S.F.; (415) 775-7979]


Orchid expert: The Conservatory of Flowers hosts “Thursday DinoNite: The Orchid Whisperer Edition.” Special guest: author and orchid-growing authority Bruce Rogers. [5 to 8 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Seismic social: “NightLife” at the California Academy of Sciences presents “’80s Quake Party NightLife.” Guests can view the “Earthquake” exhibit, meet earthquake experts and more. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music, movies

‘Foul Play’: Local flavor (((FolkYeah))) and CinemaSF’s “City Scenes” is a program with musicians curating music accompanied by a screening of a San Francisco-set movie; indie-folk group Vetiver presents “Foul Play.” [8 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Food, drink

Birthday bash: Txoko, the North Beach establishment in the space formerly occupied by Enrico’s, celebrates its first anniversary with drink and food specials. [7 p.m. to midnight, 504 Broadway, S.F.]


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