June 23: Algiers, ‘Jaws’ and more

Who’s in town

Environmental journalist Fred Pearce questions invasive species’ bad reputation in “The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]


International aid: Yves Daccord, director-general of the International Committee of the Red Cross, discusses the nonprofit’s response to the crises in Syria and Nepal. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Coyote memoir: Actor Peter Coyote chats with Phil Bronstein of the Center for Investigative Reporting about his spiritual autobiography, “The Rainman’s Third Cure.” [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

African troubadour: Banning Eyre shares the legacy of African musician Thomas Mapfumo in “Lion Songs: Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe.” [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Magical realism: Myriam Gurba tells stories through a lens of magical realism in “Painting Their Portraits in Winter.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

French feminism: Translator Emma Ramadan discusses the first English translation of “Sphinx,” the influential French feminist text. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Learning about lizards: The Lizard Lady introduces kids and families to the world of reptiles. [4 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Bollywood lesson: Todd Stadtman uses a slide show to explain the wild world of 1970s Indian B-movies as he discusses his book “Funky Bollywood.” [3:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Oil paintings: “We Will Never Not Have Been” and “Numinous,” two exhibits that showcase the oil paintings of Jamie Bollenbach and Yari Ostovany, respectively, are in their final weeks. [9 a.m.-5 p.m., Packard Electrical Engineering Building, Stanford University, 350 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Local activities

Welcome wagon: A welcoming reception for musical ensemble Orquesta Victoria, which hails from Argentina, includes wine and plenty of empanadas. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Summer blockbuster: “Jaws,” the original summer blockbuster, is screening as part of the Balboa Theatre’s summer series. [7:30 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Electronic music: Jantsen and Dirt Monkey are playing electronic dance music on their “West Coast Run” tour. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Rock show: Algiers, a worldbeat-punk band releasing its self-titled debut on Matador Records later this year, has previously opened for British band Interpol.
[9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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