Aug. 2-3: C.W. Stoneking, Krys Lee, Project Queue, Katherine Ozment, Lori Ostlund, Conservatory of Flowers, Negev Wheel


C.W. Stoneking: The blues-roots musician from Australia’s Northern Territory, according to one fan, “sounds like he was born in the Mississippi Delta around 100 years ago.” [8 p.m.. Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Krys Lee: The award-winning short story writer speaks about her debut novel “How I Became A North Korean” in conversation with Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Orphan Master’s Son.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Project Queue: The Bay Area band plays its blend of fusion, funk and soul, headlining a “Funky Tuesday” bill with Jared Rabin and The Midnight Nasties. [8 p.m., Boom Boom Room, 1601 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Katherine Ozment: The journalist’s new book “Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age” examines the ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion. [7 p.m., Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

Lori Ostlund: The California Book Award-winner releases the paper edition of “After the Parade,” her acclaimed debut novel about a man who leaves his longtime partner in New Mexico for a new life in San Francisco. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Conservatory of Flowers: The first Tuesday of the month is free admission day at the attraction, which is home to more than 1,700 species of rare, exotic and endangered plants from 50 countries. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 100 John F Kennedy Drive, S.F.]

Negev Wheel: “Free First Tuesday” is a good time to take in environmental artist Ned Kahn’s 20-foot steel disk, which frames a reservoir filled with glass beads and sand from Israel’s Negev Desert. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Melanie Gideon: The Bay Area author (of “Wife 22”) discusses “Valley of the Moon,” about a woman in 1975 who discovers a commune of a few hundred people who believe they’re living in 1906. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]


Deep Blue Sea: The exhibition of contemporary paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by West Coast and Pacific Islands artists opens with a ticketed reception ($5) featuring live music and dance from the Pacific. [6 to 9 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Starting a Business in San Francisco: The Small Business Administration-sponsored session covers how to register a business, file a fictitious business name, obtain permits and licenses and offers information on city resources; registration required at [11 a.m., 455 Market St., Suite 600, S.F.]

Evolution: The Journey tribute band is the first act in the month-long free outdoor summer music series at the South Bay commercial complex. [6 to 8 p.m., Park Valencia, Santana Row, San Jose]

Democratoz: The Northern African band from Oran, Algeria, plays hard-grooving reggae, rai and rock. [8 p.m., Back Room, 1984 Bonita Ave., Berkeley]

Curious World Tour: Curious George, the beloved monkey of children’s book fame (who turns 75) comes to town in a vehicle that unfolds to create a fun learning environment for kids and families. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Children’s Creativity Museum, 221 Fourth St., S.F.]

Big Solutions for Big Problems: The Commonwealth Club series hosts Lawrence Schonbrun, who worked on the case Laffitte v. Robert Half Int’l (which established rules for awarding fees from class action settlements) speaking on “Why Are Class Action Attorneys’ Fees so High and Judicial Oversight so Low?” [6 p.m., 555 Post St., S.F.]

Flogging Molly: Established in 1997, the Los Angeles-based Celtic punk band is fronted by Irish vocalist Dave King; English songwriter Frank Turner, whose new album is “Positive Songs for Negative People,” opens. [7:30 p.m., Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland]

With Our Own Eyes: The show of works by 35 artists (selected from more than 450) exploring the genres of street photography, photojournalism and the social documentary, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]

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