The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival presents ‘The Country Bluegrass Show’ 

Around town

Who’s in town

Dambisa Moyo:
International economist and best-selling author speaks and signs copies of her new book, “How the West Was Lost.” “Salvaging global economic power” is the theme of her talk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Talking Turkey: Speakers provide a broad perspective on the economic, political and social changes taking place in Turkey and their implications for U.S.-Turkey relations. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Chip Conley: The author, speaker and founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality talks about innovation and entrepreneurialism. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ben Tarnoff:
The nonfiction writer talks about “Moneymakers.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Benjamin Bac Sierra: The homegrown Mission district novelist discusses “Barrio Bushido,” in conversation with Mission poet Alejandro Murguia. [7 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Karen Russell: The debut novelist talks about “Swamplandia.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Michael David Lukas:
The debut novelist talks about “The Oracle of Stamboul.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Soy Mexico’:
The program features avant-garde cinema, ethnographic films and cine-poems from post-revolutionary Mexico. [5 to 8 p.m., SFSU, August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Classical music: Violists Nanci Severance and Katie Kadarauch, violinists Melissa Kleinbart and Suzanne Leon and cellist Sebastian Gingras perform a Brahms quintet. [12:10 p.m., UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Lunar New Year:
The program with Pauline Tsui features a talk on Chinese New Year customs, a demonstration of Chinese brush painting, and a hands-on calligraphy activity. [5 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 45 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Country bluegrass:
The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival presents “The Country Bluegrass Show.” The Whisky Richards, Misisipi Rider and other bands perform. [8:30 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Letter imperfect: Contestants vie against celebrity guests in “A Spelling Bee for Cheaters,” a test of knowledge, grammar and the ability to shamelessly cheat. It benefits 826 Valencia. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Black dance makers: The 2011 Black Choreographers Festival launches its San Francisco segment. Featured artists include Gregory Dawson, Raissa Simpson and Deborah Vaughan this year. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Dining out

Chef/co-owner Traci Des Jardins’ menu, which changes daily, features the Magruder Ranch wild boar, served with parsnip gratin and Bloomsdale spinach. [300 Grove St., S.F., |(415) 861-5555]

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