Asian Art Museum hosts Indonesian guitarist I Wayan Balawan

Who’s in town

Brazilian jazz singer, composer and guitarist Milton Nascimento performs at the Stanford Jazz Festival. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford University]


Anne Hamersky: The photographer shares portraits from the book “Farm Together Now” and talks about how the sustainable agriculture revolution is sweeping the country. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

National Queer Arts Festival: “Gertrude Stein and Contemporary Queer Culture” is the theme of a talk with curator Tirza True Latimer and writer Terry Castle. [7:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

At the public library

LGBT cinema: The Frameline Movie Archive series presents “Boy! What a Girl!” (1945) and “Out of the Shadows” (1990). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Learn about snakes: The program, presented by Hands on Snakes, offers a chance to learn about and handle snakes that are native to Northern California. [4 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Literary events

Wendy Lesser: The author, critic and Threepenny Review quarterly magazine editor talks about “Music for Silenced Voices: Shostakovich and His Fifteen Quartets.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Neeli Cherkovski:
The poet talks about “From the Middle Woods.” [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Outdoor science talk: “Using Fiber Optics and Genes From Algae to Solve Problems in Psychiatry” is the topic. Psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth speaks. [7 p.m., lawn outside Cantor Arts Center, Stanford ­University]

Local activities

Standup show: Comedian Mo Mandel, seen on “Chelsea Lately,” performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Science social: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Expedition Nightlife,” celebrating a major science survey conducted in the Philippines. The evening includes Filipino music. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Top notch: San Francisco magazine presents its Best of the Bay Area Party, a bash toasting top local people, places and things. Proceeds benefit the Family House. [7 to 11 p.m., Metreon City View, 101 Fourth St., S.F.]

Balinese arts: The Asian Art Museum hosts its monthly Matcha mixer. Indonesian guitarist I Wayan Balawan is the special guest. Featured exhibit: “Bali.” [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Benefit concert: Cabaret vocalist Mikio Hirata gives a concert to benefit Japan earthquake relief. The Kizan All Stars and dancer Chihiro Kurozumi, arriving from Japan, also take part. [7:30 p.m., Noh Space, 2840 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Summer jazz: SFJazz’s Summerfest series welcomes Erik Jekabson’s New Orleans Quintet. [6 p.m., Stanford Shopping Center, 180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Italian arts:
The Italian Cultural Institute and Museo Italo Americano present “The Betrothed,” a performance based on the novel by Alessandro Manzoni. [6:45 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Dining out

Restaurant Paul K: Owner Paul Kavouksorian and chef Shawn Bayless serve modern Mediterranean cuisine. New plates include caramelized green tomato with goat cheese, arugula and grilled sourdough. Using the bread, diners can create canapes. Also recommended are the scallop crudo and a summer entree of grilled chicken with baby spinach, yellow peach, onion and pomegranate molasses. [199 Gough St., S.F., (415) 552-7132]

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