June 29: LGBT youth, Vic Mensa and more

Who’s in town

Michael B. Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, reflects on the relationship between the two nations. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


‘Queer Youth in Focus’: LGBT youths share their realities — and their dreams — in photographer Rachelle Lee Smith’s book “Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus,” which was published by San Mateo-based Reach and Teach. [7 p.m., Green Arcade, Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Community forum: City College of San Francisco professors are joining journalist Tim Redmond and former Assemblyman Tom Ammiano to discuss the state of San Francisco. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Birthday suit: Novelist Mark Haskell Smith embraces the clothing-optional lifestyle, with jaunts through a post-nudity-ban San Francisco, a nudist cruise ship and more. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Literary events

Crime time: Juliet Grames is hosting a panel of noveslist from publisher Soho Crime, including Cara Black, author of”Murder on the Champ de Mars,” and Mette Ivie Harrison, author of “The Bishop’s Wife.”  [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

YA fiction: A panel on young-adult fiction includes writers Megan Whalen Turner (“The Thief”), Elizabeth Fama (“Plus One”), Stephanie Kuehn (“Delicate Monsters”), Rebecca Hahn (“A Creature of Moonlight”), Tamara Ireland Stone (“Every Last Word”) and Renee Ahdieh (“The Wrath and the Dawn”). [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Youthful mysteries: Writers Nova Ren Suma (“The Walls Around Us”), Katie Coyle (“Vivian Apple at the End of the World”) and Lauren Saft (“Those Girls”) discuss their mystery books, which are targeted toward a young-adult audience. ([7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the library

English as a second language: Volunteers can help teens and adults practice their English skills.  [4 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.].

At the colleges

Alumni talk: Justice Michael Douglas of the Nevada Supreme Court, UC Hastings class of 1974, shares his thoughts on his career. [6 p.m., UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., S.F.]

Local activities

Open-mic comedy: Doc’s Lab hosts open-mic comedy almost every Monday night. [7 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Otter pops: Aquarium of the Bay is marking the second anniversary of its North American otter exhibit by throwing a party for otters Shasta, Baxter and Ryer with fish pops, ice cakes, presents and more. Aquarium admission is $11.95-$19.95. [2:15 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero and Beach Street, S.F.]

Folds solo: Singer-songwriter Ben Folds, formerly of Ben Folds Five, was most recently seen as a judge on the NBC show “The Sing-Off.” [8 p.m., Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark W. Springs Road, Santa Rosa]

Jazz it up: Rovaté 2015 honors the legacy of late jazz musician Butch Morris with three extended musical compositions. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Hip-hop show: Rapper Vic Mensa, whose acclaimed mixtape “INNANETAPE” was released last year, is the founder of hip-hop collective SAVEMONEY. [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

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