Eiko & Koma present ‘Fragile’ with the Kronos Quartet 

click to enlarge Dance duo: Eiko & Koma, who are known for their butoh-like slow-motion dance works, present “Fragile,” a performance installation in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Dance duo: Eiko & Koma, who are known for their butoh-like slow-motion dance works, present “Fragile,” a performance installation in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet.

Who’s in town

Comedian Ali Wong performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Zara McDonald:
The founder and director of the Felidae Conservation Fund talks about Bay Area mountain lions and the latest work under way to protect them. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

John Yoo: The law professor discusses how some international institutions pose challenges to U.S. constitutional law and how we must re-conceptualize the Constitution to deal with this. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Charles Bloszies:
The architect and author of “Old Buildings, New Designs” discusses how architecture is fusing new and old forms in the sustainability age. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

Chancellor’s Concert Series: Violinist Suzanne Leon and pianist Stephanie Leon Shames perform works by Dohnanyl and Bartok. [Noon, Cole Hall, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Adam Hochschild:
The author and journalist talks about “To End All Wars.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

D.A. Powell: The poet reads from “Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Meredith Maran and Michelle Richmond: Nonfiction author Maran, celebrating her first novel, “A Theory of Small Earthquakes,” talks with fiction author Richmond about writing. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Book group:
The West Portal Book Club discusses the novel “Songs for the Missing,” by Stewart O’Nan. [2 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Shadow puppetry:
Puppeteer Daniel Barash presents “Spin Me a Shadow, Tell Me a Tale!,” a shadow-puppetry program for children of all ages. [10:30 a.m., Children’s Storytelling Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance duo:
Eiko & Koma, who are known for their butoh-like slow-motion dance works, present “Fragile,” a performance installation in collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. [5 to 9 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Art party: Winners of the 2010 Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art award — Mauricio Ancalmo, Colter Jacobsen, Ruth Laskey and Kamau Amu Patton — appear during festivities at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. [6 to 9 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]  

Zen event: The San Francisco Zen Center celebrates its 50th anniversary with a benefit featuring artist Laurie Anderson in conversation with Zen Buddhist teacher Tenshin Reb Anderson. [7 p.m., 142 Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley]

Folk-pop: The evening of music features Super Natural, Olivia Mancini & the Mates, Sean McArdle Band and Bobby Jo Ebola & the Children MacNuggets. [9 p.m., Hotel Utah, 500 Fourth St., S.F.]

Zero Zero: Chef-pizzaiolo Bruce Hill’s menu includes pizzas named after San Francisco streets, plus pasta, salads, crudo, antipasti and bruschetta. [826 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 348-8800]

Music

World premieres:
The San Francisco Symphony presents brand-new music by John Adams and Mason Bates. Special guests include Adams, Bates and pianist Emanuel Ax. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

World music: Balkan Beat Box, above, an Israeli band with a Gypsy-punk sound and political themes, performs. [8 p.m., The Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Dance

Gala opening:
The 2012 “ODC/Dance Downtown” series opens. The night includes ODC choreographer Brenda Way’s “Breathing Underwater” with cellist Zoe Keating. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

Museum

Bill Keener:
The co-founder of Golden Gate Cetacean Research talks about porpoises — their near disappearance, their return, and how you can help by reporting sightings. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

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