The Paul Taylor Dance Co. returns to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 

Who’s in town

Performance artist Karen Finley  performs excerpts from her newest book, “The Reality Shows,” and converses with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Executive Director Ken Foster. [7 p.m., YBCA, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


Egypt uprising:
Joel Beinin, a professor of Middle Eastern history at Stanford University, discusses the uprising in Egypt and how it was born. [7 p.m., Los Altos Youth Center, 1 South San Antonio Road, Los Altos]

Water talk: “Watersheds and ‘Culture-Sheds’: Developing Reciprocal Bio-Regional Culture From the Bay Area to the Mountains of California” is the theme of a panel discussion. [7:30 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Sophie Calle:
The French conceptual artist and photographer discusses her work. [7 to 9 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Strings and keys: The Calder Quartet, joined by pianist Gloria Cheng, performs works for string quartet and piano. [8 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University]

Earthquake preparedness: Matt Springer, an associate professor of medicine at UCSF, gives a presentation on how to lessen earthquake damage at home and at work. [11 a.m., UCSF, Mission Center, Room 126, 1855 Folsom St., S.F.]

Literary events

Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould:
The journalists talk about “Crossing Zero: The AfPak War at the Turning Point of American Empire.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Daniel A. Olivas:
The novelist talks about “The Book of Want.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Laurence H. Shoup: The author and historian talks about “Rulers and Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769-1901.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Local activities

Ari Hest performs from “Sunset Over Hope Street,” his first full-length album of new material in four years. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Party with your pooch: The 15th Bark & Whine Ball features festivities for hundreds of humans and their dogs. It benefits the San Francisco SPCA’s Cinderella Fund. [6:30 to 10 p.m., Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Taylor made: The Paul Taylor Dance Co. returns to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Performances continue through Sunday. The company performs “Cloven Kingdom” and other dances. [8 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Presidio Social Club:
Chef Ray Tang’s menu includes three-course weeknight dinners ($25). On Wednesdays, Sonoma duck confit is served. The meal begins with a butter-lettuce salad. Then comes the duck, served with Parmesan and herb polenta, and frisee and grilled pear. Dessert is mango sorbet, with orange-cardamom madeleines. [Building 563, Ruger Street, Presidio of San Francisco, (415) 885-1888]

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