July 20: Henhouse Prowlers, comedy and more

Who’s in town
Jazz saxophonist Donny McCaslin, appearing with his electro-acoustic quartet, is performing material from his latest album, “Fast Future.” [7:30 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, 471 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]


Trade deal: Timothy Reif, general counsel of the Office of the United States Trade, is discussing the Trans-Pacific Partnership and why this agreement is at the center of the Obama global trade agenda. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Small-business tips: Rick Gilbert, author of “Speaking Up: Surviving Executive Presentations,” shares tips for making a small business succeed. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Raising kids: Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult,” is speaking about how to avoid overparenting children. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Berkeley voices: Author Malcolm Margolin is bringing together some Berkeley notables for a discussion about what attracted them to Berkeley. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley]

Literary events

Poetry collection: Sandra Storey explores “geographic, physical and mental” states in her debut poetry collection, “Every State Has Its Own Light.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Poetry for seniors: The Older Writers Laboratory is a poetry-writing group for seniors. [10 a.m.-noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Lithography show: “Wide Angle,” an exhibit of 19th-century lithographs, features views of San Francisco. [10 a.m.-6 p.m., Skylight Gallery, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art exhibit: Group art show “Just Passing Through” contains large-scale works that invite viewers to explore how we inhabit and pass through space. [9 a.m.-5 p.m., Kalmanovitz Hall atrium, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Film series: The “Noel Coward on Film” series screens “In Which We Serve.” (1942). [7 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center, Stanford University, 655 Knight Way, Stanford]

Local activities

Pianos and petals: The San Francisco Botanical Garden’s “Flower Piano” attraction, where guests can play one of 12 pianos tucked among the flora, ends today. [9 a.m.-6 p.m., San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.; sfbotanicalgarden.org]

Orchestral enterprise: The San Francisco Symphony is playing Michael Giacchino’s Grammy-winning score to the 2009 “Star Trek” film, with the movie showing above the orchestra. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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

Art, space, and time: “Night Begins the Day,” an international group art exhibit, looks at alternative or contemporary ways of considering space, time and beauty. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Bluegrass sound: Henhouse Prowlers, a band whose music contains both bluegrass roots elements and an original vibe, is performing a concert of new material. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

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