July 18-19: Patrick Jackson: Know Yer City, Rachel Khong, Mario Livio, Comics & Convo, Rick Wartzman, Katchafire, Music@Menlo, Gerald Beckett Quartet


Patrick Jackson-Know Yer City: The commissioned mixed-media installation by the Los Angeles–based artist — who contrasts cityscapes, billboards and public art with the inside of a home and a head — is on view through July 29 at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. [Noon to 7 p.m., Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries, 360 Kansas St., S.F.]

Rachel Khong: The San Francisco writer chats about “Goodbye, Vitamin,” her funny and poignant debut novel about a young woman who returns home to live with her father (who’s losing his memory) with Esmé Weijun Wang, author of ”The Border of Paradise,” another family-themed novel. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Mario Livio: The astrophysicist discusses “Why? What Makes Us Curious,” in which he references Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman as he investigates the motivations’ behind the work of great scientists. [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Comics & Convo: Terry Dorsey heads up the interactive comedy show and talk show featuring performances by Mike Evans Jr., Emily Browning, Mean Dave, Dirtbag Dan, Rudy Ortiz, Allison Hooker and Stroy Moyd. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rick Wartzman: The Pulitzer Prize-winning former Los Angeles Times writer and editor discusses “The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America,” which illustrates how times have changed since major corporations provided workers with social benefits. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Katchafire Legacy Tour: The New Zealand roots reggae band, which began as a Bob Marley cover group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Music@Menlo Concert Program II: The chamber music festival’s “The Classical Style” includes works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Viotti, who played a seminal role in defining the violin’s tradition in England and France. [7 p.m., Stent Family Hall, Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton]

Flower Piano: The 12-day event in which pianos are placed across the San Francisco Botanical Gardens’ 55 acres (for people to play at their convenience) hosts a free concert at the Great Meadow and Garden of Fragrance featuring students in piano, guitar and jazz from Oakland School for the Arts. [4 to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Bay City Blues with Chris Cain: The weekly showcase features award-winning South Bay blues man J.C. Smith. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]


People in Plazas: The Gerald Beckett Quartet, led by the jazz flutist, appears in the free outdoor show. [Noon, 555 California St., S.F.]

Gabrielle Anderman: The artist opens “Life & Death,” her exhibition of distinctive acrylic and charcoal on paper and canvas works — which flow between figuration and abstraction — with a reception. [5 to 7 p.m., SFMOMA Artists Gallery, Building C, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: artistsgallery@SFMOMA.org]

Navigating Homelessness-Which Way Home?: Public Press, a public interest-based new organization, hosts a presentation and community conversation about recent developments in its reporting on San Francisco’s efforts to address homelessness. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Beth Reichmuth: The preschool teacher and LBGT and gender fluidity advocate speaks about her first children’s book “I’m Jay, Let’s Play.” [5:30 p.m., Bindery, 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

The Coffee House Tour: Joshua Radin headlines the evening of singer-songwriters, also featuring Rachael Yamagata and Brandon Jenner. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

An Evening with Ernie Gehr
: The filmmaker, one of the leading figures of the American avant-garde, presents a selection of his recent digital films — “Picture Taking,” “Autumn, Transport” and “A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!)” — as part of Canyon Cinema’s 50 anniversary celebrations. [7 p.m., Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley]

James Forman Jr.: The Yale Law School professor speaks about his book “Locking Up Our Own,” which examines how black leaders and communities have played a part in how the U.S. criminal justice system has disproportionately affected people of color. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Tabitha Soren
: The fine art photographer and former reporter for MTV News speaks about her new photography book “Fantasy Life,” which chronicles the experiences of new draft picks for the Oakland A’s. [Noon, Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

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