Author Amy Stewart to speak at Conservatory of Flowers

Who's in town

Amy Stewart
, the author of the best-selling book “Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities,” gives a slide show and lecture. [6:30 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]


Jorge G. Castaneda: The former foreign minister of Mexico and author of “Mañana Forever?” discusses the future of Mexico’s people and Mexico-U.S. relations. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Leslie A. Hennessy Jr.:
The biographer examines the life of wine enthusiast Alexis Lichine, the man credited with creating the American market for French wine. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Chris Adrian: The novelist talks about “The Great Night.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book group: The San Francisco Travel Book Club discusses “Wanderlust” by Don George. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Laptop music: The Stanford Laptop Orchestra and the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra perform a spring concert of new works for laptops and iPads. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Healthy living: UCSF’s Mission Bay campus hosts the Healthy Choices Resource Fair, which features wellness booths and a farmers market. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gene Friend Way Plaza, Gene Friend Way between Third and Fourth streets, S.F.]

At the public library

‘Radar SuperStar’: The Radar Reading Series celebrates Pride Month with historian Jonathan Katz, photographer Catherine Opie and others. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Bubble Lady’:
Rebecca Nile, the “Bubble Lady,” presents a program featuring lots of big bubbles. For children of all ages. [1 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Human rights champions:
Global Exchange presents its 2011 Human Rights Awards. Honorees include Bolivian U.N. Ambassador Pablo Solon. [6:30 p.m., Bimbo’s 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Gala opening: The American Conservatory Theater presents “Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City,” a new musical based on the author’s works set in 1970s San Francisco. [5 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.;]

Chamber music: The ensemble Earplay presents “Sound Lines,” a concert of recent music. Featured composers include Edmund Campion, Olga Neuwirth and Jonathan Harvey. [6:45 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dahlia photos: “Dahlias!” is an exhibit of photographs by Franck Avril of San Francisco’s official flower. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Golden Gate Park, 1199 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Lone stars: “Words First,” a solo-performance series, presents its June show. Martha Rynberg, Thao P. Nguyen, Vanessa Alabarces and Deirdre Kennedy take the stage. [7:30 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Daffodil: Chef Jeramiah Wheeless creates seasonal, organic, locally inspired comfort fare. His red wine-braised short ribs, a signature dish, are recommended today. The short ribs are served with buttermilk mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. [665 Bush St., S.F., (415) 343-0130]

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