June 9: Neon Trees, sea junk and more

Who’s in town

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman speaks about the way stories become legendary over the years. [7:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; sold out, some tickets available at venue]


Medical foresight: Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter shares tips on how people can take control of their own end-of-life wishes and directives. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Iraq War insight: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal reflects on modern combat and his role in the Iraq War. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Future forward: Social scientist and author James Canton looks ahead in his book “Future Smart: Managing The Game-Changing Trends That Will Transform Your World.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Rock art: Artist Dan Stiles’ book “One Thing Leads to Another” collects 20 years’ worth of indie-rock posters and more. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Park guide: Historian Christopher Pollock shares how visitors can explore Golden Gate Park with new apps. [7:30 p.m., Milton Marks Auditorium, Hiram Johnson State Building, 455 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Debut fiction: The Not Your Mother’s Book Club is celebrating the release of Sara Fay’s debut novel, “Searchlight.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Short stories: Fabiano Alborghetti’s “Directory of the Vulnerable” collects 43 vignettes about human beings under surveillance. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Fire safety: San Francisco firefighters are bringing a fire truck to the library and talking about fire safety. [10:15 a.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art exhibit: “Conscious Knocks Unconscious,” an exhibit of videos, scripts, costumes and more from New York artist Julia Heyward, is in its final weeks. [Noon-7 p.m., Wattis Institute, 360 Kansas St., S.F.]

Local activities

Family time: Families can enjoy stories, songs and more outdoors in the Mission. [10:30 a.m., Parque Niños Unidos, 23rd Street and Treat Avenue, S.F.]

Trash to art: Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang share plastic debris they’ve harvested from beaches in the exhibit “Mining the Collection: Finding Meaning in the Mess.” [5 p.m., Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Clinton Jackson has appeared on “The Late Late Show” and his own Comedy Central special. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Rock show: Utah rock band Neon Trees is promoting its latest album, “Pop Psychology.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Classic rock: Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick are joining forces for a 1970s flashback. [7 p.m., Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Road, Saratoga]

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