June 18: Brian Wilson, Rodriguez and “Magicians”

Who’s in town

Lev Grossman is marking the paperback release of “The Magician’s Land,” the end of the “Magicians” trilogy that has inspired a SyFy series. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Harsh realities in America: Emmy-winning documentarian Joe Gantz is speaking at a free screening of his film “American Winter,” which documents the economic struggles of American families. [6 p.m., Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay]

Civic engagement: Larry Gerston, former political science professor at San Jose State University, shares his vision for a stronger nation in his new book, “Reviving Citizen Engagement: Policies to Renew National Community.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Marriage revolution: Sociologist Dr. Katrina Kimport looks at the evolution of marriage in her new book, “Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Debut fiction: Alex Dolan explores the motives of a young woman who helps terminally ill people end their lives in his debut novel, “The Euthanist.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the public library

Musical afternoon: Bonnie Lockhart shares music and music games from around the world with accompaniment on ukelele, keyboard and guitar. [10:30 a.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Mix it up: The library is celebrating the grand opening of The Mix, a creative hangout for youths ages 13-18. [11 a.m., Mix, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Small-business ownership: A free workshop shows aspiring entrepreneurs the basics of starting their own businesses, from franchises to financial backing, and how to avoid common mistakes. [6-7:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Jewish life: “Gourmet Ghettos: Modern Food Rituals,” an exhibit exploring the intersection of food and identity in Jewish culture, is in its final weeks. [11 a.m.-4 p.m., Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, UC Berkeley, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley]

Local activities

LGBT benefit: CSN Bay Area correspondent Eireann Dolan is hosting a fundraiser for Our Space LGBTQ Community Center. Ten percent of all purchases at Bloomingdale’s San Francisco store today go to charity if Our Space is mentioned at checkout. [10 a.m.-9 p.m., party 6-8 p.m., Bloomingdale’s, 845 Market St., S.F.]

Comedy showcase: Sampson McCormick, Karen Ripley, Bobby Golden, Pippi Lovestocking, and Lisa Geduldig are part of the “Obligatory June Gay Comedy Night.”  [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

‘Porcelain’ songs: British singer-songwriter Julia Fordham is performing her 1989 album “Porcelain” in its entirety. [8 p.m., Feinstein’s at the Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Bay Area cinema: Lawrence Jordan presents two new animated collages, along with more films from his six-decade career. [8 p.m., The Lab, 2948 16th St., S.F.]

Classic rock: Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, subject of the film “Love & Mercy,” shares a bill with Rodriguez, star of the Oscar-winning “Searching for Sugar Man.” [7:30 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]


A’s lore: Longtime sportswriter Susan Slusser shares a wealth of A’s knowledge in her book “100 Things A’s Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Free jazz concert: The Stanford Shopping Center is kicking off its summer jazz series with a performance by the Stanford Jazz Workshop. [6-7:30 p.m., Stanford Shopping Center, 660 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto]

Film pioneer: The Oddball Films archive is honoring the groundbreaking video effects of Denise Gallant, who will be on hand to provide insight into her works, including the Billboard Award winner “Watercolors.” [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Chris Franjola has appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and recently released his first comedy album, “The Shallow End.” [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Ojai at Berkeley: Music director Steven Schick offers a taste of the Ojai Music Festival, a Southern California celebration of contemporary and classical music, with “A Pierre Dream.” [8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley, 2430 Bancroft Way, Berkeley]

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