May 29: SF Green Film Festival opens with screening of 'DamNation' 

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  • The 2014 San Francisco Green Film Festival opens with a reception, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of "DamNation" a river-themed documentary.

Who's in town

Susannah Cahalan, author of the award-winning memoir "Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness," talks about her book. [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Lectures

Timothy F. Geithner: The former U.S. secretary of the treasury provides a behind-the-scenes look at the government's response to the financial crisis. [7 p.m., Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F.]

Female entrepreneurs: Three of San Francisco's top female entrepreneurs discuss how to succeed in business. Speakers include Eventbrite's Julia Hartz. [6:30 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F]

Evan Osnos: The New Yorker correspondent discusses how ordinary citizens in today's China are remaking their lives in their country's shifting landscape. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jeanny Wang: The environmentalist and wildlife-protection advocate discusses her work to preserve the habitats of China's black-necked cranes. [6:30 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St. (inside Hilton), S.F.; www.c-c-c.org]

Art talk: Maria Santangelo, associate curator of European decorative arts and sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums, talks about English porcelain. [10 a.m., de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F.]

Literary events

Smadar Lavie: The Mizrahi Israeli anthropologist, author and activist reads from "Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture." [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Poetry night: The "Thursdays at Readers" series holds a poetry reading. Poets Art Beck and Art Montecom share their work. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

David J. Hayes: The former deputy interior secretary discusses how illegal wildlife trafficking is funding terrorists, destabilizing governments and threatening species. [7:30 p.m., Paul Brest Hall, Stanford Law School, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Book group: The Bernal Book Club discusses "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck. [4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Music: Classical guitarist Josh DiChiacchio performs an evening serenade. [7:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Green films: The 2014 San Francisco Green Film Festival opens with a reception, followed by an 8 p.m. screening of "DamNation," a river-themed documentary. [6 p.m., Aquarium of the Bay, Embarcadero at Beach Street, S.F.]

Silent cinema: The 19th San Francisco Silent Film Festival, featuring silent-age cinema with live musical accompaniment, begins. "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1921) gets things rolling. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Grunge and soul: Doe Eye is the recording project of singer-multi-instrumentalist Maryam Qudus, who uses dreamy synthesizers in songs of heartbreak and loneliness. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Near-last gig: Lively Afrobeat/electronica outfit Afrolicious is celebrating its astonishing seven-year Thursday night residency at the Elbo Room with a final weekday show. [9:30 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dining out

Parallel 37: The crispy grilled artichoke, with gem lettuce and tarragon dressing, is recommended today. Also look for the Alaskan halibut, with Israeli couscous, lemon verbena and squashes. [Ritz-Carlton, 600 Stockton St., S.F.; (415) 773-6168]

Music

Orchestral sounds: Charles Dutoit conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a concert of works by Poulenc, Stravinsky and Fauré that also features soprano Susanna Phillips and the S.F. Symphony Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Electro-rock duo: French Horn Rebellion performs material from "Swing Into It," its latest EP. [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Lunchtime tunes: The Will Magid Trio, a jazz and world-music act featuring Magid (trumpet, DJ), Kevin Wong (keyboard) and Paul Oliphant (drums), performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., 773 Mission St., S.F.]

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