Recent grad student waxes philosophical 

Recent philosophy graduate Kara Cohen speaks at tonight's edition of Monday Night Philosophy. Her scheduled topics include milestones in the history of aesthetics, including Plato's and Kant's observations, and what it's like to be a student of philosophy in contemporary society. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

California Academy of Sciences:
Attractions include the planetarium show "Life: A Cosmic Story," a "Swamp Talk," and the opportunity to meet members of a penguin colony. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

SFMOMA: Exhibitions include "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century," "Bill Fontana: Sonic Shadows," and "How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now." [11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Poetry night:
Poets Jeffrey Lilly and Stephen Kopel read from their work. The evening also includes an open-mike session. [7 to 9 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Book discussion: Book group meets to discuss Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment." [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

'1906 Earthquake and Fire':
Tour, led by San Francisco City Guides, revisits San Francisco's 1906 disaster, focusing on the Union Square and SOMA areas. [10 a.m.; meet at benches between 525 and 555 Market St., S.F.]

'Go West, Young Woman': "Diva-led" tour, presented by Foot Tours, looks at "10 wild women" who left their legacy on San Francisco. [1 p.m.; meet at Monaco Hotel; details/RSVP:]

Film noir:
"First Monday Movies" series presents "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), directed by John Huston and starring Louis Calhern, Sterling Hayden, and Marilyn Monroe. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Eco-friendly expo: Photo exhibit celebrates the 2010 Taipei International Flora Exposition, an expo whose goals include recycling and sustainability. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Main Library, Chinese Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications, and searching online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

'Toddler Tales': Session features books, rhymes, music, and movement for ages 18 to 36 months. [10:15 a.m., Marina Branch, 1890 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Plant life:
Camellia sinensis, or "tea camellia," is a featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Its tender young leaves have been used in tea making for thousands of years. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Art show: "Little Gems" exhibit contains small works by 17 Visual Aid artists. Purchases benefit Visual Aid and artists who have life-threatening illnesses. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Underglass Custom Framing, 268 Church St., S.F.]

Jazzy Monday: The Make-Out Room hosts a free, jazz-flavored "First Mondays" show. The Alex Pinto Trio, the Holly Martins, and the United Brassworkers Front are set to perform. [8 p.m., 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

Ice rink: The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is open through Jan. 17. Ninety-minute sessions start on every even hour. [10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Post and Powell streets, S.F.]

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