Courtesy photoIndie-rock group Great Lake Swimmers employs banjos

Courtesy photoIndie-rock group Great Lake Swimmers employs banjos

June 10: Todd Rundgren, Peter Coyote and more

Who’s in town

Harvard public-policy professor Robert D. Putnam is leading a discussion about the wage gap and vanishing opportunities for American youths. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Science of forgiveness: Dr. Fred Luskin shares his thoughts on the power of forgiveness. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Games and brains: UC San Francisco professor Dr. Adam Gazzaley discusses how video games might be able to improve brain function. [6:30 p.m., Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette]

Coyote memoir: Actor and writer Peter Coyote looks back at his tumultuous life, including his activism in 1960s San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Drone tales: Adam Rothstein examines the secret life of pilotless aircraft in “Drone.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Love and grapes: A jilted bride flees to her family’s winery in Sonoma County in “Eight Hundred Grapes.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Jail fiction: A death row inmate finds escape in books in Rene Denfeld’s new novel “The Enchanted.” [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Knitting circle: The Glen Park Knitting Circle meets on the second Wednesday of every month for crafting, chatting and more. All ages and skill levels welcome. [4:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Read with Oliver: Youths can practice their literacy skills while reading to Oliver, a therapy dog. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

At the colleges

Advance directives: A discussion group is revisiting the topic of advance health directives and end-of-life care. [1 p.m., downtown campus, San Francisco State University, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

Free concert: Josh Jones, who has played with legends such as Don Cherry and Steve Coleman, is performing with his jazz ensemble. [6 p.m., Union Square, Geary and Powell streets, S.F.]

Jazz evening: The Terry Disley Rockin Jazz Trio is marking the 11th anniversary of Ray Charles’ death with a tribute to the music icon. [6 p.m., Burritt Room + Tavern, 417 Stockton St., S.F.]

Jam tribute: Shafty, which hails from Portland, Ore., is a tribute band dedicated to all things Phish. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Multimedia spectacle: Pioneering rocker Todd Rundgren is promoting his 25th album, “GLOBAL,” with a concert that includes a video and light show. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Rock show: Indie-rock group Great Lake Swimmers employs banjos, violins and more on its latest album, “A Forest of Arms.” [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]artsSan Franciscothings to do

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