June 27: Sonny and the Sunsets and more S.F. events

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Tony-winner Laura Benanti appears with the S.F. Gay Men's Chorus in “I Am Harvey Milk,” a world premiere musical celebrating Milk's life. [8 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Abbas Milani: The Stanford-based Iran expert discusses the outcome of Iran's election and what the change in leadership means for the region, the United States and the world. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Clay Shirky: The social-media theorist explores how the production capacity of the Internet, plus the willingness of humans to share, is allowing ordinary people to shape culture in new ways. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robert Rosenbaum: The neuropsychologist and Zen teacher presents a new interpretation of the Tao Te Ching and offers insights into what ensures a well-lived life. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Farm bill: Speakers discuss the national farm bill and what the Bay Area stands to gain and lose with updates to this legislation. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Robert Burton: The neurologist and author discusses “A Skeptic's Guide to the Mind: What Neuroscience Can and Cannot Tell Us About Ourselves.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Mystery night: Authors Juliet Blackwell (“Tarnished and Torn”), Kate Carlisle (“A Cookbook Conspiracy”) and Daryl Wood Gerber (“Final Sentence”) share their tales of mystery and murder. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Banned in Arizona: Local poets and writers read from books banned under Arizona's House Bill 2281. Librotraficante Bay Area hosts the evening. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Joanne Chang: The pastry chef, restaurateur, writer and teacher talks about “Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets and Savories.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Medicare information: The program addresses changes in Medicare and the most common questions people have. [3 p.m., Health Library, Stanford Hospital, 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto]

At the public library

All about seeds: The workshop for ages 5 and up covers how seeds work, how to plant seeds, how to care for seedlings and how to begin cultivating produce or blossoms. [2 p.m., North Beach Branch, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]

Third Annual FOGG Fest

The benefit for Friends of the Golden Gate features headliners Sonny & The Sunsets plus an all-you-can-eat barbecue, open bar and silent auction. [7 to 10 p.m., West Bluff Amphitheater, Crissy Field near Warming Hut on Marine Drive, S.F.]

Local activities

Symphonic Broadway: The San Francisco Symphony presents “West Side Story” in a concert version. Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber play Tony and Maria. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Pride night: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Pride NightLife,” an evening with sex and science experts; DJs; and drag stars Glamamore, Heklina and others. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Opening night: The 2013 Windrider Film Forum, a three-day event featuring festival-circuit films containing high-impact topics that appeal to common humanity, begins with a screening of “Not That Funny.” [7 p.m., Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center, 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton]


Harp concert: Harpists Diana Stork and Shawna Spiteri weave a musical tale about a girl from rural Ireland who discovers San Francisco's cultural diversity. [11 a.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]


Solo show: Artist Donald Bradford's “Love & War” includes new figurative paintings inspired by love, weddings and marriage — both “traditional” and otherwise. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Andrea Schwartz Gallery, 545 Fourth St., S.F.]

New work: “The Fruit That Ate Itself” is a two-person show featuring humor-inspired paintings and mixed-media pieces by Joel Dean and Adrianne Rubenstein. [1 to 5 p.m., Et Al gallery, 620 Kearny St., S.F.]

Americana band: The string band Old Crow Medicine Show performs at the Warfield. “Carry Me Back” is the group's most recent album. [8 p.m., 982 Market St., S.F.]

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