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Gloria Steinem, founding editor of Ms. Magazine, speaks in a sold-out talk, “Ms.@40 and the Future of Feminism,” the centerpiece of a series that examines what Ms. has meant to readers for 40 years and what feminism may mean for the next generation; the talk is being broadcast and streamed at KZSU 90.1 FM and kzsulive.stanford.edu. [7 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, 641 Knight Way, Stanford]

Lectures

LGBT seniors: Speakers discuss the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain in acknowledging and catering to the needs of LGBT elders. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lisbet Tellefsen: The community archivist shares stories and items from her world-class collection of African-American political memorabilia. [6:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.moadsf.org]

Thomas Frank: The author of “What’s the Matter With Kansas?” takes a sardonic look at why he believes the worst economy since the 1930s has led to the revival of conservatism. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Graeber and Rebecca Solnit: The authors and activists appear in conversation, discussing Graeber’s “Debt: The First 5,000 Years.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Trina Robbins: The cartoonist, writer and historian talks about her latest graphic novel, “Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer.” [7 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Carlo Ginzburg: The Italian historian presents the English-language translation of “Threads and Traces (Il Filo e le Trace).” [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Major Chinese writer: Editor Perry Link presents “No Enemies, No Hatred,” a book of writings by Chinese political prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Liu Xiaobo. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

Jean-Pierre Changeux: The French neuroscientist gives a talk titled “Beauty in the Brain: Toward a Neuroscience of Art.” [4 p.m., CASBS main meeting room, Stanford University, 75 Alta Road, Stanford; RSVP: casbs.events@stanford.edu]

At the public library

Chinese New Year: Asian Art Museum storytellers explore Chinese New Year traditions through art and stories. [4 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Author talk: Val McDermid discusses her latest crime novel, “The Retribution.” [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]

Local activities

Latin rock: The Family Stone, Blanca and Miles of Will perform at the 2012 Voices of Latin Rock Autism Awareness Benefit. Proceeds go to the Alex Speaks Foundation. [6 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Apple crop: Macworld 2012 begins. The three-day conference-expo immerses attendees in the Apple products community. [8 a.m. onward, Moscone Center, 747 Howard St., S.F.; www.macworldiworld.com]

Zin city: The 2012 Zinfandel Festival, celebrating the robust red wine, begins with an informal evening of food and zin pairings. [6 to 9 p.m., Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 Eighth St., S.F.; www.zinfandel.org]

Film program: “The Upsetter,” a film by Ethan Higbee and Adam Bhala that charts 70 years in the life of dub-reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry in his own words, through an exclusive long-form interview. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Good spirits: The Exploratorium hosts Science of Cocktails, its annual evening devoted to the chemistry, biology and physics behind cocktails and spirits. [7:30 to 11 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Puerto Rican music: Hector Lugo and his dance band, La Mixta Criolla, appear in a benefit for Viva La Milpa, a collective working to save Mexico’s native corn from extinction by raising consumer awareness. [9 p.m., Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission St., S.F.]

Jerry Herman salon: Show tunes by composer Jerry Herman are the subject of “The Best of Times,” a 42nd Street Moon presentation starring Tony Award-winner Faith Prince. [7 p.m., Alcazar Theatre, 650 Geary St., S.F.]

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