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Andrew Dugas Granny Smith Room, Green Apple Books, 506 Clement, SF; www.greenapplebooks.com. 7pm, free. The author reads from his debut novel, Sleepwalking in Paradise.
"Monster 'El Gordo' Galaxy Cluster" Randall Museum Theater, 199 Museum Wy, SF; www.randallmuseum.org. 7:30pm, free. Karen Ng of the UC Davis Department of Physics discusses the aptly-named "El Gordo" Cluster, a group of several hundred galaxies with a mass as much as three million billion times the mass of our sun. Part of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers lecture series.
"Morning Gloryville" Inner Mission SF, 2050 Mission, SF; www.facebook.com/morninggloryvillesanfrancisco. 6:30am, $15-20. "Rave your way into the day" at this early morning sober dance party for all ages. DJs include Solar, Tyrel Williams, Andy Warren, and Rachel Torro.
"100 Years After WWI" Goethe-Institut SF Art Lounge, 530 Bush, SF; www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/enindex.htm. Through Oct 10. The Goethe-Institut marks the anniversary of World War I with a film series, exhibitions of original work from two international graphic novels (including an adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front; exhibit opens Thu/21, 6:30pm, free), panel discussions, and more.
"Smack Dab" Magnet, 4122 18th St, SF; www.magnetsf.org. 8pm, free. Open mic hosted by Larry-bob Roberts and Dana Hopkins, plus featured reader Monica McIntyre.
"Whatever Happened to Homo Erectus?" SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St, SF; www.askascientistsf.com. 7pm, free (registration suggested; go to website for link). Ask a Scientist and Wonderfest present this talk by Cal State East Bay's Henry Gilbert, associate professor of anthropology. In 1997, he discovered the "Daka Calvaria," an important homo erectus skull specimen, in Ethiopia.
"Bohemians" Green Arcade, 1680 Market, SF; www.thegreenarcade.com. 7pm, free. Contributors to this graphic history of the counterculture movement (including Sharon Rudahl, Joel Schecter, Jay Kinney, and Trina Robbins) discuss the book as well as the legacy of artist Spain Rodriguez, whose work is featured among its illustrations.
Michael Goldberg Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera; www.bookpassage.com. 7pm, free. The author and rock journalist — a former Guardian contributor and Rolling Stone editor who founded the music website Addicted to Noise — reads from his new novel, True Love Scars.
"State of the City Forum: Queering the Gentrification Conversation" Modern Times Bookstore Collective, 2919 24th St, SF; www.moderntimesbookstore.com. 7pm, free. Discuss gentrification issues with Janetta Johnson from TGI Justice Project and Erin McElroy from Anti-Eviction Mapping Project.
"Stephan Eirik Clark in Conversation with Joe Loya at the Epicenter" Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter, SF; www.litquake.org. 7pm, $5-15. Litquake and Green Apple Books present the launch of Clark's debut novel, Sweetness #9, and the author's conversation with playwright and novelist Loya.
"Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena" Various venues, Yerba Buena neighborhood, SF; thirdthursdaysf.wordpress.com. 5-8pm, free. Head to the area around the Yerba Buena Gardens for free and discounted museum and gallery admission, interactive events, extended happy hours, and more. Pick up a wristband at participating art venues (including Cartoon Art Museum, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) to take advantage of drink specials at neighborhood bars and restaurants.
Hannah Hart Books Inc., 601 Van Ness, SF; www.booksinc.net. 5pm, free. The YouTube and Internet cooking sensation shares her first book, My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut.
"A Taste of Egypt" Archangel Michael and Saint Mercurius Coptic Orthodox Church, 401 Hudson, Redwood City; www.amsmcopticchurch.org. Today, 10am-8pm; Sun/24, 10am-6pm. Free. Arabic music, an Egyptian bazaar, Mediterranean food and pastries, and more.
"Family Day: Free ODC School Youth and Teen Program Open House" ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell, SF; odcdance.org/familyday. 9am-3:30pm, free. Adults, teens, and kids are invited to sample classes (including pilates and family dance) and meet the ODC faculty. There will also be a free seminar on college dance programs for teens interested in pursuing dance at the college level.
Ukranian American Day Concert Spreckles Temple of Music, Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, SF; (650) 281-6927. 1pm, free. Celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Ukraine's independence with a concert featuring traditional music and folk dance.
Annelyse Gelman Pegasus Books Downtown, 2349 Shattuck, Berk; www.pegasusbookstore.com. 7:30pm, free. The poet reads from her latest release, Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone. In addition, fellow poets Bucky Sinister, Jeremy Radin, and Jason Bayani read from their own works. *