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Juan Perro performs at Slim’s

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Spanish rock: Juan Perro, former leader of the Spanish rock band Radio Futura, performs at Slim’s. His music reflects a wide palette of genres, including blues, flamenco, soul, jazz, rock and Cuban son. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Spanish rock: Juan Perro, former leader of the Spanish rock band Radio Futura, performs at Slim’s. His music reflects a wide palette of genres, including blues, flamenco, soul, jazz, rock and Cuban son.

Who’s in town

Cartoonist Roz Chast appears in conversation with illustrator and author Lisa Brown. City Arts and Lectures presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Benjamin Barber:
The political theorist gives a lecture titled “If Mayors Ruled the World,” discussing how cities can become “new incubators of democracy.” Long Now presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Philip Howard: The attorney and author (“Life Without Lawyers”) makes the case for common sense and fewer laws. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Simon Sadler: The specialist in post-World War II architecture and urbanism offers his insights on the visionary, inventor and progressive dreamer Buckminster Fuller. [Noon, SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary

American Muslims:
Editor Wajahat Ali and contributor Baraka Blue present “All-American,” a book of stories from American-Muslim men who reflect the gamut of the nation’s diversity. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Local voices: New Bay Area authors read from their work. Featured writers include Liz Demi Green (“Flinging Singing Things”) and Chris Carosi (“Bright Veil”). [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya:
The State Hermitage Museum curator discusses the “Peoples of Russia” porcelain sculpture series, created in the early 20th century. [5:15 p.m., Encina Hall, Central CISAC Conference Room, Stanford University, 616 Serra St., Stanford]

LGBT events

Vince Emery:
The editor of “The Harvey Milk Interviews: In His Own Words” reads from the book. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

LGBT pride: KQED hosts a gay-pride celebration honoring “LGBT Local Heroes.” Special guests include “Milk” screenwriter Dustin Lance Black. [6:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 553-3330]

At the public library

Squeals on wheels:
The San Francisco Zoo’s Zoomobile brings animals from different habitats to the library. The event is for ages 4 and older. [1:30 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Spanish rock:
Juan Perro, former leader of the Spanish rock band Radio Futura, performs at Slim’s. His music reflects a wide palette of genres, including blues, flamenco, soul, jazz, rock and Cuban son. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Rare alignment: The Exploratorium hosts a live webcast of the transit of Venus (the movement of Venus across the face of the sun). The rare event can also be viewed online. [3601 Lyon St., S.F.; details: www.exploratorium.edu]

Piano duo:
ZOFO Duet — a duo specializing in one-piano-four-hands playing — performs works by George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Frank Zappa and others. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Summer arts: “Summer of Art” at United Nations Plaza presents “What’s on Stage?,” a preview of upcoming theater shows. Featured artists include Silvia Girardi and Crowded Fire Theater. [Noon, Hyde and Market streets, S.F.]

Comedy show: Jill Bourque hosts “Jillarious Tuesdays,” her weekly comedy show. Additional performers include Kevin Camia, Justin Lucas and special guests. [7:30 p.m., Tommy T’s Showroom, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Balboa Cafe:
The Balboa burger on a baguette, with lettuce, housemade pickles, and onions, is a recommended item. It is served with french fries. Coming up Wednesday: chicken paillard. [3199 Fillmore St., S.F. (415) 921-3944]