June 25: “TransCuba,” Floetry and more

Who’s in town

Best-selling writer Karen Joy Fowler, whose book “The Jane Austen Book Club” was turned into a movie, is sharing her new short-story collection, “Black Glass.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]


Sea junk: Capt. Charles Moore and Samantha Somme use video clips to show how the North Pacific Gyre, a swirling vortex of plastic junk, has grown in recent years. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Tomato appreciation: Jennifer A. Jordan tells the story of her favorite members of the nightshade family in “Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods.” [6:30 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Literary events

Children’s literature: Learn more about children’s literature with a panel discussion by Creston Books writers and illustrators including Muon Van and April Chu (“In a Village By the Sea”), Georgia Lyon (“How to Be Human”), Julie Downing (“Don’t Turn the Page!”) and David Schwartz (“Rotten Pumpkin”). [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Poetry reading: Rob Halpern is reading from his latest book of poems, “Common Place.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]
Irish story: Author Mary Pat Kelly incorporates historical people such as William Butler Yeats and Gertrude Stein in “Of Irish Blood,” a fictionalized account of her colorful great-aunt’s life. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

San Francisco treat: Cat Shimizu of Sour Flour demystifies sourdough baking. [7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Groundbreaking celebration: School officials are breaking ground on the Mashouf Wellness Center, which will provide a gym, jogging track and more for students. [11 a.m., softball field, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance preview: The Post:Ballet dancers, led by Robert Dekkers, are offering a sneak peek of their upcoming summer series. [6:30 p.m., Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Philadelphia comedian Joe Tobin, who has worked with comedians such as Dave Chappelle and Doug Benson, is headlining the “Tobin Mic Nite” comedy showcase. [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

R&B show: British duo Floetry, which scored hits with “Say Yes” and “Getting There,” has reunited for its first tour in nearly a decade. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Art reception: Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen’s “TransCuba,” which looks into the increasingly open lives of trans and gay communities in Havana, opens with a reception. [6 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]


Asian superpowers: Dr. Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the nonprofit Council on Foreign Relations, shares her insights on the often uneasy relationship between China and Japan. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

NightLife: Pride is the theme of this week’s NightLife at the Academy, featuring a drag show hosted by Heklina, a performance by the Topsy Turvy Queer Circus and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Scavenger hunt: The monthly Adventure Run is a fast-paced scavenger hunt. [6:30 p.m., Road Runner Sports Store, 1326 10th St., Berkeley; www.adventurerun.com/berkeley]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Arden Myrin, who appeared on “MadTV” for several seasons and logged over 115 guest spots on “Chelsea Lately,” is performing. Jeff Applebaum and Stuart Thompson are also on the bill. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Free outdoor film: “Fast and Furious 6” is screening as part of Redwood City’s Movies on the Square summer series. [8:45 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City; redwoodcity.org/events/movies.html]

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