Who’s in townPerformance artist, playwright and gender theorist Kate Bornstein talks about her new memoir, “A Queer and Pleasant Danger.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]LecturesSteve Blank: The serial entrepreneur and professor, in conversation with Microsoft’s Dan’l Lewin, discusses how to build a successful startup business. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townBlues guitarist Coco Montoya performs at Biscuits and Blues. [8 and 10 p.m., 401 Mason St., S.F.]LecturesHoward Friedman: The statistician and health economist for the United Nations examines how the United States stacks up on key quality-of-life issues compared with other nations. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.] Read More
Something to read
"Desert America" By Rubén Martínez ($28)In a volume subtitled “Boom and Bust in the New Old West,” the award-winning journalist and poet investigates drug wars, immigration and the socio-economic divide. He reads at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St. in The City.
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FRIDAYImprov theater: The Un-Scripted Theater Company, specializing in improvisation, is bringing back favorite shows in celebration of its 10th birthday. Friday’s theme: “Fear.” [8 p.m., SF Playhouse, Stage 2, 533 Sutter St., S.F.]SATURDAYA great self-guided bike ride Read More
Sharon Von EttenThe singer’s dark, sexy growls could make her the new Cat Power. [1:15 p.m. Friday, Sutro Stage]TennisLilting vocals and chiming piano make this husband-wife band a perfect summer festival fit. [4:40 pm. Friday, Panhandle Stage]Jukebox the GhostThe trio plays seriously catchy, sing-a-long pop. [3:05 p.m. Friday, Panhandle Stage]Zola JesusThe Wisconsin native’s strong, Amy Winehouse-like vocals color her dark, soulful electro-pop. [12:30 p.m. Saturday, Lands End Stage] Read More
Who’s in townComedian Loni Love performs. “Chelsea Lately,” “D. L. Hughley Breaks the News” and the Comedy Central special “America’s Sister” are some of her credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]Literary eventsOksana Marafioti: The debut author talks about “American Gypsy,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townBest-selling fantasy-fiction author R.A. Salvatore talks about his new novel, “Charon’s Claw,” the conclusion to his “Neverwinter Saga.” [7 p.m., Menlo Park Library, 800 Alma St., Menlo Park]LecturesMichael Rossi: The senior business adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown discusses the outlook for jobs in California. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Who’s in townAustralian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers, touring in support of her latest album, “Storybook,” performs at Slim’s. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]LecturesFuture jobs: Speakers discuss the jobs of the future and how leading startups and venture funders are preparing and providing for them. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh has developed a reputation as a player’s coach, and he may have reinforced that image Monday when safety Cory Nelms was allowed to leave practice for a short time to watch his girlfriend compete in the Olympics.
Nelms jogged off the field about an hour into practice, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, to watch a live stream of the women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals at the London Olympics.
He watched as his girlfriend, T’erea Brown, qualified for a spot in Wednesday’s final with a personal-record time of 54.21 seconds Read More
San Francisco’s Shannon Rowbury easily moved into the semifinals of the 1,500-meter race on Monday at the London Olympics after she turned in a solid time of 4 minutes, 06.03 seconds.Rowbury, who was the highest-qualifying American, finished seventh in her heat, but her time would have been fast enough to win either of the other two qualifying heats. Ethiopia’s Abeba Aregawi was the top qualifier at 4:04.55. Read More
Who’s in townAbby Maxman of CARE speaks at the World Affairs Council, joined by Bay Area-based U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee. “Fighting a Drought: Crisis in the African Sahel” is the subject of the talk. [7 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]LecturesRep. John Garamendi: The U.S. congressman discusses what can be done to help veterans re-enter the domestic workforce on financially and psychologically sound footing. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
Something to Read
The Wildness Within By Kenneth Brower ($20)The nature writer pays tribute to his father, pioneering environmentalist David Brower, in a volume filled with testimonies from leaders and activists whose lives he inspired.
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FRIDAYWomen dancing: Imagery presents “Sketch 2: The Women Choreographers,” a concert of world premiere dances created by Amy Seiwert, Julia Adam and Gina Patterson. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]SATURDAYA great hike Read More
Who’s in townAustralia-born, London-based author M. L. Stedman talks about her debut novel, “The Light Between Oceans.” [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]LecturesElisa Stephens: The president of the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, discusses how the academy’s programs prepare students for successful employment in the arts. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.] Read More
As the closing date for two popular San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries approaches, patients took to the streets Wednesday afternoon to "mourn" the loss.
Hundreds gathered at Haight and Steiner streets at 4 p.m. to protest the closure of the Vapor Room and HopeNet before marching down Haight Street toward City Hall.
All participants wore black and some carried empty coffins to represent the death of the dispensaries.
Occupy San Francisco live streamed the event. Read More