June 20-21: Mudcrutch, Lincoln Mitchell, Hua Hsu, Annie Proulx, Bill Walton, Chinaka Hodge


Mudcrutch: The Southern and country rock group from Gainesville, Fla., is known for being the band that introduced Tom Petty to fame. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lincoln A. Mitchell: The scholar speaks about “The Democracy Promotion Paradox,” which examines inconsistencies surrounding maintaining democracy, such as the fact that the U.S. crafts policies to encourage democracy that rely on cooperation with undemocratic governments. [7 p.m, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Hua Hsu: The author discusses “A Floating Chinaman,” his book about a circle of writers that sparked an unprecedented public conversation about American-Chinese relations. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Annie Proulx: The Pulitzer Prize­-­winning author of “The Shipping News” and “Brokeback Mountain” has a new book, “Barkskins,” described as “an epic, dazzling, violent, magnificently dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests.” [7:30 p.m., Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael]

Bill Walton: The basketball great and sports announcer (one the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players) is signing copies of his inspiring, highly anticipated memoir, “Back from the Dead.” [Noon, Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Political Animals: The film, screening during Frameline, celebrates the civil rights victories of the first four openly gay elected California state politicians, who were all women: Carole Migden, Sheila Kuehl, Jackie Goldberg and Christine Keho. [7 p.m., Elmwood Rialto, 2966 College Ave., Berkeley]

Planning for a Good Death: As the California End of Life Option Act recently went into effect, Regina Sneed and Nancy Jacobsen from Compassion and Choices offer information about end-of-life choices, including the new option of medical aid in dying. [1 p.m., North Beach branch library, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

The Colored Museum: In a benefit event, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents a staged reading of the play by Tony winner George C. Wolfe, which “celebrates, satirizes and subverts the African-American legacy.” [7:30 p.m., Buriel Clay Theater, 762 Fulton St., S.F.]


Chinaka Hodge: The Oakland writer celebrates the release of “Dated Emcees,” her lauded collection of poems about hip-hop and stories about her experiences in relationships with rappers. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Suuns: The electro-inde, post-punk band from Montreal says the songs on its new album “Hold/Still” are “simultaneously psychedelic, but austere; sensual, but cold; organic, but electronic; tense sometimes.” [9:30 p.m., Bottom Of The Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

Artstar: A group exhibition featuring work by S.F. Art Institute staff and guest artist Lizzy Wolfe opens with a reception with music by Tower Radio, ice cream, popcorn, adult beverages and soda pop. [5 to 6 p.m., Diego Rivera Gallery, S.F. Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

The Tortured: The San Francisco surf punk band plays on a bill with other local groups: punk Global Affront, and punk-metal Rock N Roll Villian Society, [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Rising Stars Tasting Gala: The $100-per-plate meal features drinks and dishes from 22 local restaurants whose chefs, sommeliers and bartenders have been recognized by the restaurant industry magazine StarChefs as being on “the vanguard of the contemporary American dining scene.” [5:45 p.m., Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St., S.F.]

Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog: The free-punk-funk-experimental collective features veteran guitarist-composer Ribot, along with Shahzad Ismaily on bass-electronics and Ches Smith on drums. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Twin Peaks: The garage rockers from Chicago are promoting “Down In Heaven,” their new album they call “rock new and old, a little bit of country, a whole lot of punk attitude, and something to get excited about.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Moby: The iconic DJ is in town promoting his memoir “Porcelain,” a “funny and harrowing account of the New York City club scene in the 1980s and 90s.” [7 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St.,S.F.]

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