Hapa plays SF’s Great American Music Hall 

click to enlarge Polynesian music: Hapa, a Hawaiian troupe specializing in pan-Polynesian music, performs in San Francisco. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Polynesian music: Hapa, a Hawaiian troupe specializing in pan-Polynesian music, performs in San Francisco.

Who’s in town

President of Israel Shimon Peres visits the Bay Area. His appearances include a public talk tonight at San Francisco’s Temple Emanu-El, where Gov. Jerry Brown and Mayor Ed Lee are scheduled to greet him. [Visit www.emanuelsf.org for details about online viewing]

Lectures

Mark Lynas:
The climate change author and activist gives an environmental talk titled “The Nine Planetary Boundaries: Finessing the Anthropocene,” presented by Long Now. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Peter Diamandis: The entrepreneur and philanthropist talks about the work of innovators in water, food, energy, health, education and communication. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Joel Garfinkle: The executive coach discusses his PVI (perception, visibility, influence) model and how it can help executives become invaluable resources for their companies and clients. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Michael Stehr: The artist and art historian gives a talk titled “St. Peter’s Basilica: The Greatest Landmark in Western Culture.” [7:30 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Literary events

Ellen Ullman: The locally based writer reads from “By Blood,” a novel. [7 p.m., Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Terry Bisson: The fiction writer talks about “Any Day Now.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Pamela Druckerman: The former Wall Street Journal reporter talks about “Bringing Up Bebe.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Kent Hartman: The author and music industry entrepreneur discusses “The Wrecking Crew.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Literary theater:
The Word for Word literary theater company presents a staging of “Sorry Fugu,” a story by T.C. Boyle. [7:30 p.m., McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Female filmmakers:
Executive director Scarlett Shepard and guest filmmakers offer a peek at the 2012 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Bees in the City’: Talk focuses on why bees are unique in the insect world and what attracts bees to urban gardens. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Local activities

Polynesian music:
Hapa, a Hawaiian troupe specializing in pan-Polynesian music, performs in San Francisco. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Musician documentary: A premiere of the film “Lou Harrison: The World of Music” benefits Harrison House Music and Arts. Guests include filmmaker Eva Soltes and musician Terry Riley. [5:30 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Wind quintet:
The Bellavente Wind Quintet performs a program featuring music by Francis Poulenc and Jacques Ibert. Noontime Concerts presents the event. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

McCormick & Kuletto’s:
Seafood dominates chef Liz Ozanich’s menu. Crab cake, served with Meyer-lemon butter sauce and crispy parsnips, is a popular appetizer. [900 North Point St., (415) 929-1730]

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