July 2: Cher and other SF events

courtesy photoCher

courtesy photoCher

Who's in town

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute member and author Cathy Robbins speaks about “American Indians Today Out of the Box, Off the Reservation.” [1 p.m. downtown campus, San Francisco State, 835 Market St., Room 677, S.F.]


Science innovations: Harris Fienberg, graduate student in the lab of Garry Nolan, speaks about how regulatory signaling identifies cells that can resist deterioration. [2 p.m., Clark Auditorium, Stanford University, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford]

Artist collaboration: The Kimball Education Gallery kicks off “The Monsters and Robots Project: A Visual Dialog” with artist-in-residence Joshua Margolis. The sculptor invites visitors to draw creations on paper, some of which Margolis will try to create in clay. [1-5 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

Literary events

Travel writing: The San Francisco Travel Book Club will discuss “The Best Travel Writing, Volume 9: True Stories from Around the World.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Fiction debut: “Girl in Translation” author Jean Kwok speaks about her new novel, “Mambo in Chinatown,” which follows ABC (America-born Chinese) girl Charlie as she comes of age in New York’s Chinatown. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the colleges

Tunisia on film: The Stanford Global Studies Division Film Festival presents “The Wedding Song,” a 2008 French-Tunisian film about the Nazi invasion of Tunisia and the strain it puts on two friends. [7 p.m., Braun Corner, Building 320, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

At the library

Quiet in the library: The Meditation Group includes a half-hour of silence and soothing sounds. [Noon, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Henna session: Artist Charite leads a workshop on henna history and art. [4 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Puppy Dog Tales: Children can practice their skills by reading aloud to Oliver, a therapy dog. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Big voice, bigger show

Cher, singer of hits from “I Got You Babe” to “Believe,” visits San Jose on a tour called “Dressed to Kill,” because the diva supreme can’t even pretend to do farewell jaunts anymore. Cyndi Lauper, nightingale of the 1980s, will open. [7:30 p.m., SAP Center, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose]


Karaoke time: Belt out a couple of tunes at El Rio’s weekly showcase of amateur crooners and caterwaulers. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Metal sounds: New-metal group Deafheaven performs to promote its new album, “Sunbather.” [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Zumba in the Park: Get up and get moving to Latin beats at the Minnie and Lovie Ward Rec Center. [6:30 p.m., 650 Capitol St., S.F.]artsCher

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