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August 6: Diana Ross and more S.F. events

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Diana Ross
  • Music, stage and screen star Diana Ross, best known as the former leader of the Supremes, performs today.

Who's in town

Mark Tercek, CEO of the Nature Conservancy and co-author of "Nature's Fortune," discusses how the protection of nature is the smartest business and investment decision we can make. [7 p.m., Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Lectures

Thomas Knoblauch: The co-author of "Elders on Love" explores barriers to maintaining intellectual and moral perspectives on engaging and protecting the world around us. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Technology and biodiversity: Speakers from Google and iNaturalist discuss how new technologies are helping in the fight to retain global biodiversity. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rebecca Solnit: The San Francisco author celebrates the publication of "The Faraway Nearby," an exploration of empathy and the power of storytelling. [7 p.m., San Francisco Elks Lodge No. 3, 450 Post St., S.F.]

Eric Barnes: The novelist talks about "Something Pretty, Something Beautiful." [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Tracy Guzeman: The debut novelist celebrates the launch of "The Gravity of Birds." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

S.G. Browne: The writer of dark fiction and social satire celebrates the launch of "Big Egos." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Kevin Hines: The bridge-jump survivor and suicide-prevention advocate discusses "Cracked, Not Broken." [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Peter Orner: The fiction author, in conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald of McSweeney's, launches "Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge." Litquake presents the evening. [7 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Stanford Jazz Festival: The Taylor Eigsti Quintet performs a concert of cool, modern jazz. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

San Francisco music: Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead publicist and authorized biographer, discusses guitarist Jerry Garcia and his distinctively San Francisco set of values. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Local ecology: Arthur Feinstein, chair of the Bay Area chapter of the Sierra Club, discusses the largest wetland-restoration effort on the West Coast. [6:30 p.m., Anza Branch, 550 37th Ave., S.F.]

Supreme moments

Music, stage and screen star Diana Ross, best known as the former leader of the Supremes, performs in San Francisco. [8 p.m., Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F.]

Local activities

Solo theater: Writer-performer Nadya Ginsburg brings her new solo show, "Madonnalogues," to San Francisco. Celebrity-skewing, original characters, and song are on the bill. [8 p.m., Rebel, 1760 Market St., S.F.]

Mexican band: Panteon Rococo, a Mexican band with a ska and Latin-rock sound, performs in San Francisco. [9 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Contigo: Spanish and Catalan dishes are on chef Brett Emerson's menu. The wood-oven-roasted sardine and avocado toast, with pickled onions and smoked salt, is recommended. Also look for the "Paella Tuesday Tasting Menu." [1320 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 285-0250]