Events: August 6 - 12, 2014

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WEDNESDAY 6

"Aquapalooza: Shark Week" Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero at Beach, SF; www.aquariumofthebay.org. 7-10pm, $20. After-hour aquarium access for guests 21 and over, with cocktails and a bevy of shark-themed activities.

"Benefit for Three Strikes Justice Center" Armory Club, 1799 Mission, SF; www.eventbrite.com/e/benefit-for-the-three-strikes-justice-center-tickets-12439933175. 5:30-8:30pm, free. Help raise funds for the Three Strikes Justice Center by sipping specialty cocktails at the Armory.

Boze Hadleigh Books Inc., 2275 Market, SF; www.booksinc.net. 7:30pm, free. The author shares his latest, how-to book An Actor Succeeds.

"LGBT Retirement Living: A Panel Discussion about Exclusive vs. Inclusive Communities" Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, SF; www.commonwealthclub.org. 5:15pm, $7-20. Dr. Marcy Adelman discusses LGBT retirement living options, followed by a panel with residents of the Sequoias in SF and Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa.

THURSDAY 7

Leslie L. Smith Books Inc., 2275 Market, SF; www.booksinc.net. 7:30pm, free. The author shares his new novel, Sally Field Can Play the Transsexual: Or I Was Cursed by Polly Holliday.

"The Quest for an HIV/AIDS Vaccine" Commonwealth Club, 595 Market, SF; www.commonwealthclub.org. 6pm, $7-20. Dr. Donald P. Francis, who researched HIV at the Centers for Disease Control in the early 1980s and is now the executive director of Global Solutions for Infectious Diseases, discusses the need to create an HIV vaccine.

FRIDAY 8

American Craft Council San Francisco Show Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina at Laguna, SF; www.craftcouncil.org/sf. Today, 10am-8pm; Sat/9, 10am-6pm; Sun/10, 11am-5pm. $14 (three-day pass, $30; Friday after 5pm, $5). The theme of this year's juried craft event is "Let's Entertain," with over 225 jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home decor artists sharing their wares.

SATURDAY 9

Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony Aquatic Park (north end, near the highway), 80 Bolivar, Berk; www.progressiveportal.org/lanterns. 6:30-9pm, free. Music and cultural performances and a speech from a survivor highlight this 69th anniversary commemoration of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The lighted lantern launch begins at 8pm.

"Images of the Feminist Future: A Panel of Feminist Porn" Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission, SF; www.sexandculture.org. 8:30pm clips; 9-11pm panel, $12-20. Queer and feminist porn stars (Princess Donna, Tobi Hill-Meyer, Courtney Trouble, and others) discuss the future of porn and feminism at this event, which also features screenings of clips from locally-produced films.

"Writers with Drinks" Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St, SF; www.writerswithdrinks.com. 7:30pm, $5-10. With guest MC Josh Kornbluth and writers Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Madison Young, and Myriam Gurba.

SUNDAY 10

"Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction" Night Light, 311 Broadway, Oakl; www.thenightlightoakland.com. 6pm, $10. The LA-based comedy event and pod cast comes to the Bay Area with host Bryan Cook and local comedians David Gborie, Joe Devine, Kevin O'Shea, Lydia Popovich, Leslie Small, and special guests.

"T-Party: Screen Scene and Pop-Up Shop" Chapel, 777 Valencia, SF; Facebook: T-party screen scene. 11am-5pm, free. Locally-designed t-shirts and the art of screen printing get their due at this party and shopping event. Vendors include the Girl and Rhino, Lords of Print, Oaklandish, Original Language, SFC San Francycle, and the Loin SF.

MONDAY 11

Jason Collins Castro Theatre, 429 Castro, SF; www.commonwealthclub.org. 6:30pm, $20. NBA player Collins — the first publicly gay pro athlete to play in any of the four major American sports leagues — discusses his career and his coming out with journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas.

TUESDAY 12

"Dance Discourse Project #19: Re-imagining Our Cultural Commons — Making Spaces for Dance" [freespace], 1011 Market, SF; www.counterpulse.org. 7:30pm, free. Join CounterPulse and Dancers' Group for a discussion about "the tactics, modes, and imagination" that performance artists are using to access and adapt rehearsal and performance spaces in the rapidly-changing Bay Area landscape. Panelists include Kay Cheng of the Market Street Prototyping Festival, [freespace] co-founder Ilana Lipsett, CounterPulse' Julie Phelps, and members of Oakland's SALTA collective, as well as moderator Michelle Lynch Reynolds of Dancers' Group. *