Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins performs at Cafe Du Nord 

Around town

Who’s in town

Polina Barskova
, who is regarded as one of Russia’s finest poets under the age of 40, reads from “The Zoo in Winter,” her first collection translated into English. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Charles MacCormack:
The Save the Children president discusses the consequences of natural disasters, and whether nongovernmental agencies are adequately suited to respond. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

A.O. Scott: The New York Times film critic talks about the movies and the 2011 Oscar nominees. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Robert Sapolsky: The author of “A Primate’s Memoir” discusses his work as a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Literary events

Peggy Orenstein:
The journalist and author of “Schoolgirls” talks about “Cinderella Ate My Daughter.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Deb Olin Unferth: The author of “Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War” talks about the new memoir. Writer Michelle Tea joins her. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Monthly ‘Tales’: The book group holds its monthly discussion of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” in celebration of the upcoming A.C.T. play based on Maupin’s series. [7 p.m., Borders, 400 Post St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Book discussion: The Fiction You Wish You Had Read book-discussion group takes a look at Saul Bellow’s “Herzog.” [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

African-American stories:
Program, held in conjunction with the 22nd National African American Read-In, features stories written by black authors. [10:30 a.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Ikebana demonstration: The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America presents a demonstration of ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. A talk follows. [6:30 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Local activities

Chinese history:
“Sun Yat-sen: His Life and Legacy,” a photo exhibition telling the story of the early 20th-century Chinese political leader, opens at the Pacific Heritage Museum. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 608 Commercial St., S.F.]

Indie roc
k: Singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins performs with her band, the Black Sea. “Mondo Amore” is her new album. [9 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Jurassic jokesters:
The “Dinosaurs of Comedy” — longtime San Francisco comedians Michael Meehan, Larry “Bubbles” Brown and Steven Pearl — perform. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Ristobar:
Chef Angelo Auriana serves rustic Italian fare and artisanal pizza. Recent dishes include gnocchetti (fresh ricotta and potato gnocchi, dolce latte Gorgonzola and hazelnut); sogliola (sauteed local sole, Cara Cara and Moro orange, caper and trebbiano sauce); osso buco (braised veal shank, baby carrots, parsnips, toasted almonds and natural jus); and pizzas named after San Francisco streets. [2300 Chestnut St., S.F., (415) 923-6464]

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