Who’s in townScience-fiction author William Gibson, whose works include the cyberpunk novel “Neuromancer,” appears in conversation. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]LecturesFuture homes: Speakers discuss how to expand ideas about the house of the future and create inspired visions of the 21st-century American dream. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.] Read More
Something to read
Madness, Rack, and HoneyBy Mary Ruefle ($25)The accomplished poet is humorous and self-deprecating in this collection of illuminating essays on poetry, aesthetics and literature, originally presented as lectures to graduate students.Lend a hand
Glide: The Free Meals Program needs volunteers to prepare the dining room, place food on trays, carry trays to guests and wipe down tables. [11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., 330 Ellis St., S.F.; info/RSVP: www.onebrick.org]Get outside Read More
FRIDAYMystery novelist: Author Louise Penny talks about “The Beautiful Mystery,” her latest Chief Inspector Gamache novel. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]SATURDAYA great bike ride Read More
Who’s in townRock, folk and country singer-songwriter Erica Sunshine Lee performs a concert to promote her latest album, “I’m Still Me.” [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]LecturesPrasad Thenkabail: The U.S. Geological Survey research geographer discusses cropland and water challenges relating to the rising global demand for food. [7 p.m., USGS, Building 3 Auditorium, 345 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park] Read More
Who’s in townMarine biologist and dolphin-protection advocate Maddalena Bearzi speaks about her experiences at sea and evolution as a scientist. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]LecturesNFL injuries: Speakers from the sports and medical fields discuss health and safety issues connected with playing in the NFL. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townBrad Parsons, a folk-rock singer-songwriter from Portland, Ore., performs with his band. The Giraffe Dodgers share the bill. [8 p.m., Hotel Utah Saloon, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]LecturesBurma today: Speakers discuss government reforms and other issues relating to the current state of affairs in Myanmar, previously known as Burma. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.] Read More
Rookie offensive lineman Jason Slowey, a sixth-round pick out of Western Oregon, was one of 12 players cut by the 49ers on Monday as they had to trim their roster to 75 players. Slowey saw limited action in the preseason.
Receiver Joe Hastings, who was on the practice squad last year before a late-season call-up to the 53-man roster, was also let go. Read More
Who’s in townContemporary-blues guitarist and keyboardist Lucky Peterson performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]LecturesTeen pregnancy: Speakers from the fields of health care, psychology and politics discuss the realities and politics of adolescent reproductive care. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Two men try to paddle their way to victory Sunday in the Chinatown Ping Pong Tournament during Sunday Streets.
The community event returned to Chinatown for the first time since The City launched the program in 2008, and included the second annual tourney in Portsmouth Square. Sunday Streets closes down roadways to allow people to get outside and stretch their arms and legs. Sunday’s event was the eighth of 10 planned this year.
The last two will be in the Western Addition on Sept. 9 and the Outer Mission district on Oct. 21. Read More
FRIDAYGirl bands: Two local girl bands appear in concert. The Hot Toddies mix 1950s beach pop with indie rock. The She’s, inspired by the pop of the ’50s and ’60s, create their own garage pop. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]SATURDAYA great bike ride Read More
Who’s in townAnthropologist and UCLA professor Jorja Leap talks about “Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me About Violence, Drugs, Love and Redemption.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]LecturesDavid Perry: The public-relations notable, who manages public and media relations for signature events on behalf of the city and county of San Francisco, discusses his work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townBehavioral economist and best-selling author Dan Ariely discusses cheating, dishonesty and the contradictory forces that drive irrational behaviors. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]LecturesClimate action: Speakers talk about a recent survey examining how strategies in San Francisco’s climate action plan could improve air quality. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.] Read More
IndyCar driver J.R. Hildebrand, a Sausalito native, will pay a visit to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara on Thursday, where he will show off the team-themed paint scheme for his No. 4 car.
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh is a co-owner of Panther Racing, which has the No. 4 National Guard car in Sunday’s GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. The car will be painted scarlet and gold, with the familiar 49ers logo on the rear wing.
The No. 4 is in honor of Harbaugh, who wore that jersey when he played for the Indianapolis Colts. Hildebrand’s fire suit will also be 49ers-themed. Read More
A’s second baseman Jemile Weeks, who had an outstanding rookie season last year and was considered a cornerstone of the team, was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, clearing a spot for newly acquired shortstop Stephen Drew.
Weeks hit .303 last season and was the A’s regular second baseman for most of this season. But he is hitting just .220 this year.
Drew, acquired Monday from the Arizona Diamondbacks, started at shortstop and hit second for the A’s Tuesday night. Adam Rosales started at second base. Read More