1906 Earthquake remembrance and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge The event commemorates San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire with ceremonies, sirens, appearances by city officials, a countdown to - 5:12 a.m. and more. [4:30 a.m., Lotta’s Fountain at Geary, Kearny and Market streets, S.F.; www.sanfranciscohistory.org] - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • The event commemorates San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire with ceremonies, sirens, appearances by city officials, a countdown to 5:12 a.m. and more. [4:30 a.m., Lotta’s Fountain at Geary, Kearny and Market streets, S.F.; www.sanfranciscohistory.org]

San Francisco events for April 18, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Primatologist Frans de Waal shares highlights from pioneering research showing that human moral nature stems from primate social emotions. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Nyna Pais Caputi: The filmmaker discusses how the age-old preference for sons in India, fueled by modern realities, is leading to an increase in discrimination and violence against girls. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Public school report card: The program, co-presented by Parents for Public Schools, examines what San Francisco school officials are doing to prepare students for the future. [12:30 p.m., San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Christiana Figueres: The executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change discusses how today’s choices will determine the fate of the environment. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • ‘Poems Under the Dome’: The open-mic poetry reading welcomes all. San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguia will read the first poem. [5:30 to 8 p.m., City Hall, North Light Court, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.]
  • B. Ruby Rich: The film critic, curator and scholar discusses “New Queer Cinema: The Director’s Cut.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
  • Fiona Maazel: The novelist talks about “Woke Up Lonely.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Pacific Rim symposium: “The Imperial Court in China, Japan and Korea: Women, Servants and the Emperor’s Household (1600 to early 1900s)” is the theme. [5:15 p.m., McLaren Center, Room 252, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Up in the Air” (2009), directed by Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney, is featured. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • ‘My First Love’: Four gay poets read their work, along with works by poets who have inspired them, at this event presented by GuyWriters. [6 p.m., James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Earthquake remembrance

  • The event commemorates San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake and fire with ceremonies, sirens, appearances by city officials, a countdown to5:12 a.m. and more. [4:30 a.m., Lotta’s Fountain at Geary, Kearny and Market streets, S.F.; www.sanfranciscohistory.org]

Local activities

  • Blues masters: Mark Hummel (“The Blues Survivors”) and Little Charlie Baty (“Little Charlie & the Nightcats”) merge their talents in a special guitar- and harmonica-driven show. [7:30 p.m., Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero Way, Oakland]
  • Seminal rock: The Call — original members Scott Musick, Tom Ferrier and Jim Goodwin — appears with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been, who takes over bass and vocals in honor of his father, the late Michael Been. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.] 
  • Art show: Part of a series sponsored by the Performance Art Institute, Polish interdisciplinary artist Piotr Bujak (aka Pio) presents “Light Rhapsody,” a mixed-media installation exploring how violence, mass media and consumption are affected by mechanisms of human perception. [4 to 9 p.m., 435 23rd St., S.F.]
  • Isa: The potato-wrapped sea bass is recommended today. Capers, Fresno peppers, tomato confit and brown butter complete this signature dish, which is popular and visually appealing. [3324 Steiner St., S.F.; (415) 567-9588]

Music

  • Farewell concert: The Tokyo String Quartet, regarded as one of the world’s finest chamber ensembles, brings its farewell tour to The City. Music by Auerbach, Mozart and Brahms is on the bill. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Party

  • Museum party: The California Academy of Sciences hosts its Big Bang Gala and Big Bang Party After Dark. Events celebrate life’s diversity and those who are working to preserve it. The night includes a performance by singer Mayer Hawthorne. [6 p.m. to midnight, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Benefit

  • Bites and beats: Root Division hosts Taste 2013, a night of food, drink, art and live music. It benefits Root Division’s free after-school art classes for local youths. [7:30 to 10:30 p.m., 3175 17th St., S.F.]

Film

  • Student films: The Academy of Art University hosts its Epidemic Film Festival, featuring top student work from the School of Motion Pictures and Television. [4 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; RSVP: (800) 544-2787]

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