May 13: Barney Frank talks politics and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank discusses his political life at the Fairmont Hotel Monday evening. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank discusses his political life at the Fairmont Hotel Monday evening.

San Francisco events for May 13, 2013.

Who’s in town

Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, known as a forceful legislator, a pragmatic politician, and one of the most influential and colorful figures in Washington, discusses his political life and the current economic realities. [6 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]

Lectures

  • Sadhguru Vasudev and Paul Hawken: The yogi-humanitarian and the environmental entrepreneur discuss socially conscious business. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Michael Shelden: The author of “Young Titan” discusses the 1901-1915 period in the life of Winston Churchill and how those years shaped the World War II-era British prime minister. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Joe Sutton: The locally based writer talks about “The Years the Giants Won the Series: A Fan’s Journal of the 2012 and 2010 World Series.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]
  • Jessie Oleson Moore: The CakeSpy blogger talks about “The Secret Lives of Baked Goods: Sweet Stories and Recipes for America’s Favorite Desserts.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]
  • Life without kids: Andrea Carla Michaels, Maureen Langan, Bernadette Luckett and Vanda Mikoloski celebrate “No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • Left Coast Writers: Coming attractions from Left Coast members are the focus of this month’s gathering. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Zoe Klippert: The editor of “An Englishwoman in California” gives a talk titled “A Niece of Miss Austen: Catherine Hubback’s Journey From Hampshire to California.” [5 p.m., Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Dana Reinhardt: The locally based writer launches “Odessa Again” as part of a Children’s Book Week celebration. [6:30 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Richard Misrach: The photographer, who is known for his photographs of human intervention in landscapes, discusses his work. [6 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, 520 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

  • Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]
  • Math help for schoolkids: Volunteer math teacher visits the library to answer questions about math homework. [4 to 6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Swedish shredder

  • Sweden-born rock and metal guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen performs at the Regency Ballroom. “Spellbound” is his latest solo album. [8 p.m., 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Plant life: The Aesculus californica, or California buckeye, is a featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which is home to more than 8,000 types of plants. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
  • Greek films: The 2013 San Francisco Greek Film Festival begins. Opening-night feature: director Christos Georgiou’s “Small Crime” (2009). [7 p.m., Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, S.F.]
  • Mezes: The SF Mondays ($21) menu is featured today. The multidish Greek meal includes tzatziki (yogurt spread), kota souvlaki (grilled chicken skewers) and more. [2373 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 409-7111]

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