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June 10: 'Obligatory June Gay Comedy Night' and other San Francisco events

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Who's in town

Sri Lanka-born author and activist Ru Freeman talks about her new novel, "On Sal Mal Lane." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

Brian Day: The NASA lunar expert discusses what a new generation of robotic lunar explorers is teaching us about the moon. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Steve Blank and Gary Shapiro: The entrepreneurs and authors discuss top practices and strategies from the startup world, plus lessons learned from the front lines of "ninja innovation." [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: Speaker commentary, an audience discussion and a news quiz make up this political conversation. A socializing session follows. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mahesh Kale: The India-born vocalist and teacher provides a journey through North Indian classical music. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: World Affairs Council's International Forum holds its June discussion. "The Global Youth Bulge: Exploring the Largest Generation in History" is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.; www.worldaffairs.org]

Literary events

Sarah Dessen: The author of young-adult fiction presents her 11th novel, "The Moon and More." [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; tickets: (415) 776-1111]

'Finding Home': Journalist and Haight-Ashbury resident Sally Ooms, joined by Paul Boden and Kathy O'Brien, discusses "Finding Home: How Americans Prevail." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Linda Tucker: The South African author and conservationist talks about "Saving the White Lions." [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Meet the artists: Evening offers an opportunity to view "The Silversmithing and Design Spring Show" and to meet the artists. [5 to 6:30 p.m., Studio 1, Peterson Building 550, 416 Escondido Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Film screening: "Stranded" (1935), a romantic drama set during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, is the featured film. Kay Francis and George Brent star. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Shakespeare on film

Romantic entanglements and comic mishaps transpire in "Much Ado About Nothing," filmmaker Joss Whedon's modern retelling of Shakespeare's comedy. [Century San Francisco Centre 9, 845 Market St., S.F.; (415) 538-8422]

Local activities

Gay comedy: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's "Comedy Returns to El Rio" series presents an "Obligatory June Gay Comedy Night." Featured comics include Karinda Dobbins and Bobby Golden. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: British folktronica singer-songwriter Beth Orton brings her North American tour to San Francisco. "Sugaring Season" is her latest album." [9 p.m., The Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

The Abbot's Cellar: The pork loin with caraway spaetzle, collard greens, roasted nectarines and shallot confit is recommended. The strip loin with butterball potato is also highlighted. [742 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 626-8700]