June 17: The Lady Crooners and other SF events

courtesy photoLitquake presents a program of poetry readings by Brian Komei Dempster

Who’s in town

Author and filmmaker Ruth Ozeki discusses her latest novel, “A Tale for the Time Being,” a selection of the S.F. Public Library’s On the Same Page program, which promotes books with broad community appeal. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Climate change: Speakers discuss the recent assessment released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and examine the implications. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Affordable housing: The program covers results of a 2013 mayoral directive ordering city departments to prioritize housing construction, especially affordable housing. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Bruce Farrell Rosen: The author of “Bombed in His Bed,” and nephew of gangster Myer Rush, discusses his uncle’s life — a journey traversing love, honor, betrayal, grief, joy and greed. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Katie Crouch: The novelist talks about “Abroad.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Smith Henderson: The novelist talks about “Fourth of July Creek.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Ayelet Waldman: The novelist talks about “Love and Treasure.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town & Country Village, Palo Alto]

Jim Provenzano: The journalist, author and photographer talks about “Message of Love,” a novel. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Adam Gazzaley: The neuroscientist and entrepreneur, whose company is developing therapeutic mobile video games, discusses combining academic work with a commercial venture. [5:30 p.m., UCSF, Helen Diller building, Room 160, 1450 Third St., S.F.]

At the public library

Ben Tarnoff: The author discusses “The Bohemians,” his book about Mark Twain and his early years as a struggling writer in Civil War-era San Francisco. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Hitchcock film: The program features “Rebecca,” Alfred Hitchcock’s film based on Daphne du Maurier’s novel about a brooding aristocratic widower and his tormented second wife. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Poetic Tuesday

Litquake presents a program of poetry readings by Brian Komei Dempster, Dawn McGuire, Alan Soldofsky and Sara Mumolo and folk-pop songs by The Lady Crooners. [12:30 p.m., Jessie Square, 760 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Comedy show: The For the People Comedy Tour comes to the Punch Line. Comic Frankie Quinones, known for playing multiple characters in his shows, headlines the evening. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Anything goes rock: The Robin Zander Band, featuring Cheap Trick frontman Zander, drummer Steve Luongo, guitarist Mark Hitt and bassist Larry Hobbs, play Zander solo material, Cheap Trick hits and tunes from Luongo’s former days with The Who bassist John Entwistle. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Album tour: Composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen performs at the Regency Ballroom. “Infinity” is the latest album by the avant-garde and post-rock artist. [8 p.m., 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Stones Throw: Recommended starter dishes include the squid-ink conchiglie pasta and the puffed potato and eggs. Highlighted entrees include the burger, with bacon and cheddar tater tots. Also look for the extensive beer list. [1896 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 796-2901]artsThe Lady Crooners

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