Countertenor Brian Asawa and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash perform at Asawa School of Arts 

click to enlarge Baroque opera: Countertenor Brian Asawa, above, and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash perform a concert of baroque opera, with cellist Josephine van Lier and harpsichordist Gilbert Martinez. - BAROQUE OPERA: COUNTERTENOR BRIAN ASAWA, ABOVE, AND MEZZO-SOPRANO DIANA TASH PERFORM A CONCERT OF BAROQUE OPERA, WITH CELLIST JOSEPHINE VAN LIER AND HARPSICHORDIST GILBERT MARTINEZ.
  • Baroque opera: Countertenor Brian Asawa, above, and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash perform a concert of baroque opera, with cellist Josephine van Lier and harpsichordist Gilbert Martinez.
  • Baroque opera: Countertenor Brian Asawa, above, and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash perform a concert of baroque opera, with cellist Josephine van Lier and harpsichordist Gilbert Martinez.

Who’s in town

Comedian Tig Notaro performs a pair of shows at the Hemlock Tavern. “Good One” is her debut album. [7:30 and 10 p.m., 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Lectures

Diana Mendes: AECOM’s senior vice president responsible for the firm’s Global Cities Institute partnership with Beijing discusses findings about how Beijing can become a true “global city.” [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Vittorio Viarengo: The Italian baker’s son shares how he merged childhood memories with professional knowledge to create his Viva la Focaccia blog. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Literary events

Laurence Bergreen:
The biographer and historian talks about “Columbus: The Four Voyages.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Micah Ballard: The poet reads from and discusses “Waifs and Strays” with Norma Cole, author of “Where Shadows Will.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Simon Reynolds: The music journalist talks about “Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past,” in conversation with artist, writer and musician Scott Hewicker. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Tony D’Souza: The novelist talks about “Mule.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Cafe Scientifique’:
“Triumphing Over Type 1 Diabetes: Tips and Tricks for Control and Freedom” is the focus of this session hosted by the Stanford Blood Center. [7 p.m., 3373 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto]

At the public library

Latino video showcase:
The program features selected shorts from San Francisco VideoFest, a showcase of independent Latino and Latin American video. [5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Teen GN Reviewers: Graphic-novel, comics and manga club invites teens to review new titles. [1:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Baroque opera:
Countertenor Brian Asawa and mezzo-soprano Diana Tash perform a concert of baroque opera, with cellist Josephine van Lier and harpsichordist Gilbert Martinez. [7 p.m., Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, 555 Portola Drive, S.F.]

Dance project: Dancers’ Group presents “We Don’t Belong Here,” a public performance by Katie Faulkner’s little seismic dance company and multimedia artist Michael Trigilio. [8 p.m., Union Square, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Cajun music: Fiddle virtuoso and composer Tom Rigney and Flambeau, whose music contains Cajun, zydeco and blues elements, perform in Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs works by Mozart, Stravinsky and Thomas Ades. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

New film festival: The inaugural Palo Alto International Film Festival, a four-day celebration of innovation in film, begins. Today’s opening program is Kevin Macdonald’s 2011 documentary, “Life in a Day,” screening at 8 p.m. at the Ramona Street Outdoor Theater. [8 a.m. to 10 p.m., multiple venues; www.paiff.net]

Dining out

Gitane:
Chef Bridget Batson creates dishes inspired by the cuisine of the Iberian Peninsula and nearby regions, and she recommends the pan-roasted sturgeon today. The fish is served with heirloom tomatoes, Romano and yellow wax beans, mint and piri piri sauce — a spicy sweet and sour puree that includes pepper and ginger. [6 Claude Lane, S.F., (415) 788-6686]

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