San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts Modern Ball 2012 

click to enlarge The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts its Modern Ball 2012, a gala fundraiser with dining, dancing and art. Montreal, Canada-based electrofunk duo Chromeo appears at the Post Modern Party, featuring separate admission at 9 p.m. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts its Modern Ball 2012, a gala fundraiser with dining, dancing and art. Montreal, Canada-based electrofunk duo Chromeo appears at the Post Modern Party, featuring separate admission at 9 p.m.

Who’s in town

Indie-pop singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson performs at The Fillmore. “Human Again” is her latest album. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

Gabriel Silva:
Colombia’s ambassador to the U.S. discusses his nation’s path to prosperity and the challenges ahead. A cultural reception follows his talk. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

LGBT pioneer: The 20th-century gay rights leader Harry Hay is the subject of this “Shaping San Francisco” talk. Editor Will Roscoe and curator Joey Cain discuss their Hay-related projects. [7:30 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Rafe Sagarin:
The ecologist talks about “Learning From the Octopus: How Secrets From Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters and Disease.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Michael Warr:
The poet and author (“The Armageddon of Funk”) shares poems tracking his trek from San Francisco’s Hunters Point to diverse cities worldwide. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Landscape architecture:
Richard Olcott, a founding partner and design principal at Ennead Architects, discusses his projects. [6:30 p.m., Clark Center, 318 Campus Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

John Waters: The filmmaker presents his film “A Dirty Shame” and discusses his career. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Master music class: Pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane leads a master class for piano students. [10 a.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Poet tribute
: A celebration of the life and poetry of Adrienne Rich features readings of her work. Local poets and authors, including Jewelle Gomez and Peter Orner, take part. [6 p.m., Gay and Lesbian Center, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Dances for Camera’:
The program features short experimental dance films presented by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival. [5:45 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Comedy

Stand-up show:
Comedian Alex Reymundo, one of the Original Latin Kings of Comedy, performs. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Local activities

Art bash:
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts its Modern Ball 2012, a gala fundraiser with dining, dancing and art. Montreal, Canada-based electrofunk duo Chromeo appears at the Post Modern Party, featuring separate admission at 9 p.m. [6:30 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Talent show: Dancers, musicians, poets and actors who have overcome homelessness perform in “A Night With the Stars,” a show benefiting Community Housing Partnership. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Swing time:
Swing in the Square returns to Union Square. An introductory swing-dance lesson is followed by the chance to dance to live music from the Rhythm Roustabouts. [6 to 8 p.m., 333 Post St., S.F.]

String duo: The Albers Duo — sisters Laura (violin) and Julie (cello) Albers — perform a salon concert featuring music by Kodaly, Gliere and Martinu. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Dining out

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen:
Arepas, maize’wiches, and cachapas are on the menu. Pabellon (shredded beef, sweet plantains, black beans, and queso fresco) is today’s recommended filling. [401 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 400-5453]

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