May 20: Carla Morrison at the Independent and other San Francisco events

Courtesy PhotoMexican pop and rock singer-songwriter Carla Morrison performs at the Independent this Monday.

San Francisco events for May 20, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Mexican pop and rock singer-songwriter Carla Morrison performs at the Independent. [8 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]


  • Francine Toder: The author of “The Vintage Years” discusses how to find your inner artist after turning 60. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Eric Bing: The senior fellow and director of global health at the George W. Bush Institute gives a talk titled “A New Global Health Model: Scale Down to Help More.” [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Mario Livio: The astrophysicist and author (“The Golden Ratio,” “Brilliant Blunders”) discusses major mistakes made by renowned scientists. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Literary events

  • Meg Donohue: The novelist celebrates the release of “All the Summer Girls.” [7 p.m., 3515 California St., S.F.]
  • Ethan Rutherford: The fiction writer discusses “The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Sci-fi writers: Science-fiction authors Mary Robinette Kowal (“Without a Summer”) and Susan Palwick (“Mending the Moon”) discuss their novels. [7 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Indian dance workshop: Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon, a leading classical-dance duo from India, lead a workshop in their art form. [7 p.m., Tresidder Oak Room, Stanford University, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

At the public library

  • Chinese-American history: Performance spotlights Tye Leung Schulze, one of the first Chinese-American women to vote and hold a federal civil-service job in the United States. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]
  • Movie night: “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), starring Errol Flynn and directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley, is the featured film. [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Indie pop

  • Singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith performs at Café du Nord. “Paper Moon” is the indie-pop artist’s latest album. [7:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Modern music: The Earplay ensemble, conducted by Mary Chun, performs a concert of modern and new music. Featured composers include Arnold Schoenberg and Patricia Alessandrini. [6:45 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]
  • Savory stories: Porchlight presents “Kitchen Confidential,” a night of stories told by food folk. Participants include chefs Laurence Jossel (Nopa) and Telmo Faria (Tacolicious). [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]
  • Design contest: SPUR hosts a ceremony revealing the winner of a design contest for a portable bicycle corral for the Yerba Buena neighborhood. A display of proposed designs accompanies the event. [11 a.m., 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  • New documentary: “Stories We Tell,” filmmaker Sarah Polley’s documentary exploring the secrets kept by a family of storytellers, is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 352-0835]
  • Zazie: The poisson de la marais — pan-seared steelhead trout with a pesto crust — is recommended today. Cauliflower and parsnip puree and sugar snap peas complete the dish. [941 Cole St., S.F.; (415) 564-5332]

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