Courtesy photoCircus time: Shaolin kung fu warriors are among the acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Dragons

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents ‘Dragons’

Who’s in town

Comedian Loni Love performs. “Chelsea Lately,” “D. L. Hughley Breaks the News” and the Comedy Central special “America’s Sister” are some of her credits. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Oksana Marafioti: The debut author talks about “American Gypsy,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Angie Chau and Andrew Lam: The local authors appear in a reading and discussion on Vietnamese-American identity and literature and California. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.chauandlam.eventbrite.com]

Elizabeth Dowling Taylor: The scholar and biographer talks about “A Slave in the White House.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., Town and Country Village, 855 El Camino Real, No. 74, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Coit Tower murals: The murals of Coit Tower are explored in a talk and a walking tour. Speakers include publisher Ruth Gottstein and historian Gray Brechin. [12:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

At the public library

Movie night: “Stand by Me” (1986), directed by Rob Reiner and based on Stephen King’s story about a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy, is the feature attraction. [6 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Lectures

Bay ecology: The San Francisco Naturalist Society presents a talk on the ecology of San Francisco Bay. Science writers Ariel Rubissow Okamoto and Kathleen M. Wong speak. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Marty Nemko: The career coach continues his discussion series with a talk titled “Keys to Beating the Odds in Starting a Business.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Food system: “Think Outside the Plot” conference features forums about our local food system. [9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Hilton Financial District, 750 Kearny St., S.F.; www.spur.org]

Recipe for success: Local culinary notables talk about their journeys to the top and how to succeed in today’s food scene. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Paawan Kothari: The proprietor of Chai Cart presents “The Art of Chai,” a class exploring the history, cultural roots and flavors of the Indian tea, milk and spice beverage. [6 p.m., Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Local activities

Circus time: Shaolin kung fu warriors are among the acts in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents “Dragons,” onstage in the East Bay through the weekend. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Art reception: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell artwork, hosts an opening reception for its new group exhibit, “Out of Order.” [7 to 9 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Nomadic roots rock: Rupa & the April Fishes headline an outdoor concert; Quinn DeVeaux also is on the bill. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Redwood Grove, Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley]

Dining out

Fringale Restaurant: Recommended starter items include the frisee salad and the sauteed prawns in pastis. A signature main dish is the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with braised Napa cabbage. [570 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 543-0573]

Music

Jazz and Bond: Jazz drummer Akira Tana and his Secret Agent Men, known for their interpretations of James Bond film themes, perform at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Movies

Documentary program: The Passive House California Film Festival presents two short works chronicling the rise of the passive-house movement in the United States: “Passive Passion” and “Passive House: A Building Revolution.” [7:15 and 9:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]   

Filmmaker tribute: A series focusing on works by Japanese director Kaneto Shindo presents “The Naked Island,” his 1960 dialogue-free tale of a family of poor farmers struggling to exist on a nearly deserted archipelago. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screening room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

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