Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area at Great American Music Hall 

click to enlarge Modern protest music: Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” (Courtesy photo) - MODERN PROTEST MUSIC: RY COODER PLAYS THE FIRST OF TWO BAY AREA HEADLINING SHOWS TO PROMOTE HIS ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM “PULL UP SOME DUST AND SIT DOWN.” (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Modern protest music: Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” (Courtesy photo)
  • Modern protest music: Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Ole Bouman
, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, is scheduled to provide introductory remarks at the opening reception for the Architecture and the City Festival’s 2011 exhibition, “Architecture of Consequence: San Francisco.” [6 p.m., American Institute of Architects San Francisco, 130 Sutter St., Suite 600, S.F.; RSVP: www.aiasf.org]

Lectures

Navi Radjou:
The former executive director of the Centre for India and Global Business, University of Cambridge, discusses India’s rise as an innovation superpower. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Contemporary photography: Contemporary photographers discuss current developments in the photography scene. RayKo Gallery director Ann Jastrab moderates the event. [6 p.m., a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz artist and ethnomusicologist presents this week’s lecture in his series exploring the history and relevance of Cuban Son music and dance. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz:
The owners of Mission Street Food talk about “Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas From an Improbable Restaurant.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Annamarie Pluhar: The group-dynamics facilitator and trainer discusses “Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book group:
The Classics I Forgot to Read book club discuses “Death in Venice,” by Thomas Mann. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Lisa Blaydes:
The Stanford University professor gives a lecture titled “What Do Free Elections Mean for Women in the Muslim World?” [Noon, Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Lab, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Lifelong learning: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts an open house highlighting its learning opportunities for adults 50 and older. [3 to 5 p.m., SFSU, Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

Opera lecture:
The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on “Turandot” by Puccini. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jazz ensemble: The Bernal Jazz Quintet performs. [6:30 p.m., 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Modern protest music:
Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

West African music: Baba Ken Okulolo and the Nigerian Brothers perform at Yoshi’s. The West African Highlife Band shares the double bill of West African music and stories. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Rock band: The rock, roots and R&B band Moonalice performs in Union Square. [6 to 8 p.m. Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Actor salute: “Cary Grant: Definitive Star,” a weeklong film tribute to the actor, begins with a double bill of “The Philadelphia Story” (2:50 and 7 p.m.) and “Holiday” (5 and 9:05 p.m.). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Gangster flick: “Scarface,” the 1983 gangster film starring Al Pacino and directed by Brian De Palma, screens in theaters as part of a celebration of its upcoming Blu-ray release. [7:30 p.m., several Bay Area venues; www.fathomevents.com]

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