Isabelle Faust and Alexander Melnikov perform concert at Herbst 

click to enlarge Classical duo: Violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov, a fast-rising partnership in the international music scene, perform a concert of Beethoven sonatas. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Classical duo: Violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov, a fast-rising partnership in the international music scene, perform a concert of Beethoven sonatas.

Who’s in town

Charles Ferguson
, director of the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job” and author of “Predator Nation,” discusses “corrupted networks” that caused the economic collapse. [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Literary events

Jerry Mander:
The social critic talks about “The Capitalism Papers.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Joan Frank: The fiction writer talks about “Make It Stay.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Ryan George Kittleman: The novelist talks about “The Great Peace.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

David Talbot: The journalist, above, talks about “Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love.” [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

Lectures

David Westin:
The president of NewsRight and former president of ABC News offers a look inside the field of journalism and at the people in it. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger:
The retired airline pilot and airline safety expert, best known for his emergency landing on the Hudson River, discusses what makes a great leader. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chris Carlsson: The local historian, writer and tour guide traces the history of political dissent in San Francisco. Shaping San Francisco presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Farmers market:
The weekly market features fresh, seasonal, California-grown produce. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ACC Breezeway, UC San Francisco,  400 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Opera lecture:
“Nixon in China” by John Adams is the subject of a talk presented by the San Francisco Opera Guild. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Cinema Merced’: The library screens Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.” [6 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Local activities

Classical duo:
Violinist Isabelle Faust and pianist Alexander Melnikov, a fast-rising partnership in the international music scene, perform a concert of Beethoven sonatas. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Latin music: David Correa and Cascada perform in Union Square. Latin guitar fusion is their specialty. Their music contains Latin-folk and rumba rhythms fused with Middle Eastern melodies. [12:30 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

Political satirist: Comedian and political satirist Will Durst performs at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Benefit dinner: “The Dinner Party,” a night of food and dancing, benefits the Roxie Theater. Chef Leif Hedendal provides the cuisine. The Duchess (jazz artist Gini Wilson) supplies the music. [6:30 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Dining out

RN74:
Entrees include Liberty Farm duck breast and crepinette with Belgian endive, cherries, cippolini onion, almonds and peppercorn; and braised beef short rib with vegetables. [301 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 543-7474]

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