Emily Jane White performs at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall

Who’s in town

Joseph Stiglitz, professor at Columbia University and Nobel Prize recipient for economics, discusses the growing gap between rich and poor Americans. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]


Raj Patel: The author of “Stuffed and Starved” examines the world food crisis and the reasons for the large discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Daniel Bacon: The historian discusses the political events and economic conditions that led to a violent showdown between capital and labor interests in 1934 San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Daniel Chamovitz: The biologist discusses recent plant research and draws parallels with the human senses to suggest how plants experience the world. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 379-8000]

Literary events

Christopher Buckley: The novelist and satirist, whose new book is “They Eat Puppies, Don’t They?,” appears in conversation with Litquake’s Jane Ganahl. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lindsey Hilsum: The British broadcast journalist talks about “Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Translating fairy tales: The Center for the Art of Translation hosts a “Lit & Lunch” event. Featured book: “My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales.” [12:30 p.m., 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]

At the colleges

AIDS film: Program features a screening of “Life Before the Lifeboat,” a documentary about the AIDS outbreak in San Francisco in the epidemic’s early years. [Noon, Nursing Building, N-217, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F]

Vehicle Concept Showcase: Students and local entrepreneurs present vehicle concepts offering solutions for urban mobility. [4 p.m., Automotive Innovation Facility, Stanford University, 473 Oak Road, Stanford]

At the public library

Giant visit: A player from the San Francisco Giants read books, answers questions and signs autographs for kids. The program is for ages 5 and older. [Noon, Children’s Storytelling Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Open house: The Chinatown Branch hosts its annual open house, a celebration featuring tea, photo displays, a digital scrapbook and a video about the branch’s history. [2:30 p.m., 1135 Powell St., S.F.]

Local activities
Lunchtime music: The Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra Ensemble performs works by the composer. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Emily Jane White, a dark-folk singer-songwriter whose influences include Depression-era blues and Gothic literature, performs at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Wired world: The Kunst-Stoff Arts Fest presents “All I Wanted to Say,” a multidisciplinary work directed and performed by Silvia Girardi that looks at how we communicate in the digital era. [8 p.m., Kunst-Stoff Arts, 1 Grove St. S.F.]

Design mart: Zinc Details hosts an opening reception for the S.F. Local Design Market, a mart where designers and artists show and sell their products. [6 to 8 p.m., 1905 Fillmore St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@zincdetails.com]

Senior Day: Entrance is free to the San Mateo County Fair for patrons 62 and older to enjoy special events, music, awards and family fun. Used eyeglasses donations are being accepted at the YP.com Information Booths. [11 a.m. to 10 p.m., County Fairgrounds, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Dining Out

Dosa: The menu features three courses of Indian cuisine. First-course options include lotus-stem day-boat scallops. Course-two selections include white-truffle masala dosa. [1700 Fillmore St., S.F., (415) 441-3672]

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