July 2: Cher and other SF events

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.]

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