LIT: One of the first performance artists and a New York Underground cultural icon, Penny Arcade (Susan Ventura), will make a rare appearance tonight in celebration of her new book, Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews, the first book by and about the legend herself. The book consists of three autobiographical plays, as well as a new interview with Penny Arcade by Chris Kraus and a collection of archival photographs of the East Village scene and Arcade's performances.

7 p.m. // City Lights Bookstore (261 Columbus Ave) // free

LECTURE: Learn how to grow your own produce in your small urban space at Gardening In Small, Urban Spaces, a lecture taught by Fred Bove, permaculturist and former director of Adult Education at Strybing Arboretum. Bove will teach you how little effort or money it takes to cultivate your own garden.

6 to 7:30 p.m. // SF Main Library (100 Larkin St) // free