Artist Domenico Monteforte’s work on view at the Italian Cultural Institute 

click to enlarge Italian artist: “Toscana,” an exhibition of oil paintings of Italy’s Tuscan landscapes, by Tuscan artist Domenico Monteforte, is on view at the Italian Cultural Institute. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Italian artist: “Toscana,” an exhibition of oil paintings of Italy’s Tuscan landscapes, by Tuscan artist Domenico Monteforte, is on view at the Italian Cultural Institute.

Who’s in town

Trombonist Julian Priester performs with Priester’s Cue, his jazz ensemble, at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Nuclear energy:
Speakers discuss a nuclear energy revival and examine a critical juncture in powering our nation’s future. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: “Love: A Rational Explanation” is the theme of tonight’s session. George Hammond, author of “Rational Idealism,” speaks. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dan Ariely:
The behavioral economist and best-selling author talks about “The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone    — Especially Ourselves.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Stephanie Reents: The debut fiction writer launches “The Kissing List.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Left Coast Writers: Editors Joanna Biggar and Linda Watanabe McFerrin launch “Wandering in Bali: A Tropical Paradise Discovered.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Open Heart Poetry: Cara Vida is the featured poet this week. The evening also includes tea and open-mic presentations. [7 to 10 p.m., Om Shan Tea, 233 14th St., S.F.]

Book group: The Broken Compass Adventure Book Club discusses “Lost in Shangri-La” by Mitchell Zuckoff. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

David Morrison:
The NASA scientist discusses the threat — real and imagined — of near-Earth objects such as asteroids. [4:15 p.m., Stanford University SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Book discussion: The club discusses “Midnight Fugue” by Reginald Hill. [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; smiller@milibrary.org]

At the public library

Volunteer orientation:
The library hosts an orientation covering current and upcoming volunteer opportunities. [5 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Movie for adults: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (1966) is the featured film. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Local activities

Italian artist:
“Toscana,” an exhibition of oil paintings of Italy’s Tuscan landscapes, by Tuscan artist Domenico Monteforte, is on view at the Italian Cultural Institute. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Chamber music: The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents “Delicacies for Diverse Ensembles,” a program of works for unusual small ensembles. [8 p.m., Dennis Gallagher Arts Pavilion, 66 Page St., S.F.]

Pride Month: National Queer Arts Festival presents “Mixed, Blended and Whole,” a night of LGBT performances about interracial relationships, mixed-race identity and transracial adoption. [8 p.m., The Garage, 715 Bryant St., S.F.]

Gay Comedy Night: Karen Ripley, Scott Silverman (pictured), Pippi Lovestocking, Bob McIntyre, Yuri Kagan and hostess Lisa Geduldig do stand-up. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Garibaldis:
The Dine About Town menu ($34.95) features three courses of Mediterranean cuisine. Second-course selections include chicken breast Milanese and roast tenderloin and belly of pork. [347 Presidio Ave., S.F.; (415) 563-8841]

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