Fall brings new sights to San Francisco Botanical Garden 

click to enlarge The sleeping hibiscus is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. (Courtesy photo) - THE SLEEPING HIBISCUS IS IN BLOOM AT THE SAN FRANCISCO BOTANICAL GARDEN. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • The sleeping hibiscus is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. (Courtesy photo)
  • The sleeping hibiscus is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. (Courtesy photo)


Amory Lovins: The environmentalist and Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder lays out his vision for a transition to a new energy era a shift that can be led by business for profit and requires no act of Congress, he says. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Laura Cunningham: The paleontologist, biologist and artist gives a talk titled “10 Millennia of California Ecology,” presented by the Long Now Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Stephane Abrial: The French general and commander of NATO Allied Command, Transformation, gives a talk titled “Defense in an Age of Austerity.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jenny Greene: The Princeton University astrophysics professor gives a talk titled “Tiny but Powerful: The Smallest Supermassive Black Holes.” [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Literary events

Michael Ondaatje: The novelist, whose books include “The Cat’s Table” and “The English Patient,” appears in conversation with Michael Chabon. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Alice Hoffman: The novelist talks about “The Dovekeepers.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Khaled Hosseini: The “Kite Runner” author discusses his work and his personal foundation that provides humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. [7 p.m., Cubberley theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Slavoj Zizek: The philosopher and cultural critic gives a talk titled “Hollywood Beyond Ideology.” [5:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University]

At the public library

‘Barn Talk’: Hillbarn Theatre presents an evening examining the life and career of opera legend Maria Callas. [7 p.m., Foster City Library, 1000 East Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City]

Local activities

Plant life: The sleeping hibiscus is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which is home to more than 8,000 types of plants from around the world. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Modern design: SFMOMA presents “Less and More,” an exhibit containing more than 200 models and objects created by influential industrial designer Dieter Rams and his team. [11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Nonfiction cinema: The San Francisco Documentary Film Festival continues. Films about heavy metal, South African artists, sperm donors and other subjects screen today. [2:45 p.m. onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

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