July 29: 'Built for Speed' and other S.F. events

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Best-selling novelist Cathleen Schine talks about her new book, “Fin and Lady,” a tale of two siblings, ages and lifestyles apart, who come together to form an unconventional family in 1960s New York. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]


Gay marriage: The World Affairs Council hosts a forum on the theme “Gay Marriage at the Supreme Court.” [6:30 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.; details/RSVP: www.worldaffairs.org]

Evolution of art: Discussion, held in association with the AfroSolo Arts Festival, explores how the arts of one period affect the arts of the future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Craig Childs: The author and traveler discusses some of the earth's most geologically and climatically dangerous places. The Long Now Foundation presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Poetry night: Poets Adam Fitzgerald, Dorothea Lasky and Geoffrey G. O'Brien read from their volumes. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Book group: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club discusses “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Youth theater: San Francisco Arts Education Project presents the musical “On the Town,” performed by past and current members of the youth-theater program. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Iran talk: Author and scholar Abbas Milani gives a talk titled “A Cultural Revolution in Islamic Iran.” [7:30 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Stanford University, 655 Knight Way, Stanford]

At the public library

Pickling 101: Cookbook author and expert pickler Karen Solomon gives a presentation on how to make a variety of pickles. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Jacqueline Proctor: The local historian discusses the development of The City's West of Twin Peaks neighborhood. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Up to speed

“Built for Speed,” an exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences, examines what it takes to be fast in the sea. Subjects include sharks, yellowfin tuna and speedy sailboats. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local activities

Danish drama: “The Hunt,” a Danish film directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen as a teacher whose life is shattered by a lie, is playing at the Clay Theatre. [2, 4:30 and 7 p.m., 2261 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Dance series: The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance's summer series presents “Kingdom,” a dance-theater work choreographed by Malinda LaVelle and performed by Project Thrust. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Garage pop: Detective, a garage-pop band from Los Angeles, performs at Café Du Nord. [8 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Beat generation: Photographs, literary items and memorabilia featuring the writers and culture of the Beat generation are on view at the Beat Museum in North Beach. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 540 Broadway, S.F.]

Nob Hill Grille: Creative American fare is on the menu. The braised beef short ribs — with garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli rabe and citrus soy glaze — is recommended today. Also look for the potpie. [969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

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