Los Pinguos, Native Elements perform at Yoshi’s San Francisco

Who’s in town

Judy Hoarfrost, who, at age 15, was the youngest member of the 1971 U.S. Ping Pong Diplomacy Team, takes part in a discussion in which Chinese and U.S. table-tennis figures look at Ping Pong Diplomacy and U.S.-China relations. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Carrie Pilto: The assistant curator for “The Steins Collect” discusses how Sarah and Michael Stein’s 1926 commission of a home by architect Le Corbusier ushered in an era of modern luxury. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

American Guild of Organists: Historian Orpha Ochse and organ builder Jack Bethards discuss the great organ built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. [11:30 a.m., Holiday Inn at 1500 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Ron Hansen: The novelist talks about “A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Twain novel: The Commonwealth Club hosts a discussion of “Pudd’nhead Wilson,” Mark Twain’s acerbic look at miscegenation and racism in the antebellum South. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Book group: First Fiction Book Club discusses “In the Country of Men,” by Hisham Matar. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Indigenous arts: Stanford University’s Department of Art and Art History presents the exhibit “Waru! Holding Fire in Australia’s Western Desert.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thomas Welton gallery, 419 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University]

At the public library

David Scott Gilligan: The author and mountaineer talks about his book “Rise of the Ranges of Light: Landscapes and Change in the Mountains of California.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Mad Science’: The properties of fire and ice are explored in this scientist-led program for ages 6 and up. [11 a.m., North Beach Branch, 2000 Mason St., S.F.]

Local activities

Two bands: Los Pinguos, top, a Latin band originally from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, and Native Elements, a reggae band from San Francisco, perform at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Midday music: The Midsummer Mozart Festival Ensemble performs music by the composer. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Power pop: Rock musician Paul Collins, who began his career in the 1970s as a member of the Nerves, performs with the Paul Collins Beat, his power-pop and alternative-rock band. [8 p.m., Thee Parkside, 1600 17th St., S.F.]

Boy dancer: “Billy Elliot the Musical,” performed by the touring company of the Broadway production, has opened at the Orpheum Theatre. A boy discovers his passion for ballet in this story based on the film. [8 p.m., 1192 Market St., S.F.]

Organ recital: Concert organist Roger Nyquist performs works by Bach, Vierne, Saint-Saens, and others. The event is part of the American Guild of Organists’ Region IX convention. [2 p.m., Mission Dolores Basilica, 3321 16 St., S.F.]

Baseball game: The San Francisco Giants play the San Diego Padres. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

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