The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show presents ‘Gardens for a Green Earth’ 

click to enlarge ‘Gardens for a Green Earth’: The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, under way through Sunday, features installations from top Bay Area designers and dozens of seminars led by experts. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • ‘Gardens for a Green Earth’: The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, under way through Sunday, features installations from top Bay Area designers and dozens of seminars led by experts.

Who’s in town

Laurie Santos
, director of Yale University’s Comparative Cognition Laboratory, discusses her recent work involving “monkey economics.”[6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Christopher Twomey:
The Naval Postgraduate School professor discusses tensions between the United States and China and whether they can be navigated without armed conflict. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Local transit: Local transportation officials discuss transit service proposals from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and how they will affect transit operators such as Muni. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dave Eggers:
The author and 826 Valencia co-founder appears in conversation. The Commonwealth Club’s Inforum division, honoring Eggers with its 21st Century Visionary Award, hosts the event. [7 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Morris Berman: The culture historian and social critic talks about “Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

William Hjorstberg: The biographer and essayist celebrates the release of “Jubilee Hitchhiker: The Life and Times of Richard Brautigan.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Irish-American poets: Locally based poets Terry Ehret, Gerald Fleming and Laura Moriarty read from their work. The Crossroads festival presents the reading. [7 p.m., Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., S.F.]

Steve Hermanos:
The humorist, novelist and author of “O, Gigantic Victory! Baseball Poems: The 2010 Championship Season” rings in the baseball season with a night of readings. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Young jazz artists:
The SFJazz High School All-Stars Combo performs a concert of original compositions and unique arrangements of standard jazz repertoire. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Jane Mayer: The journalist discusses her newest book, “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals.” [6:30 p.m., Stanford Law School, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford]

At the public library

Art talk:
De Young Museum docent Sharon Walton gives a talk titled “The Cult of Beauty: The Victorian Avant-Garde 1860-1900,” in conjunction with the exhibit of the same name. [7 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Local activities

‘Gardens for a Green Earth’:
The San Francisco Flower & Garden Show, under way through Sunday, features installations from top Bay Area designers and dozens of seminars led by experts. [10 a.m. to 7 p.m., San Mateo Event Center, 2495 S. Delaware St., San Mateo]

Bowser bash: The Bark & Whine Ball, benefiting the San Francisco SPCA’s Cinderella Fund, features dinner, drinks, dancing and a live auction. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. [6:30 to 10 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Theater opening: Thrillpeddlers begin a run of “Hot Greeks,” a new full-length version of a 1972 musical comedy presented by the Cockettes. [8 p.m., 575 10th St., S.F.]

Zuppa: The whole roasted Rocky Jr. chicken — a signature item at the restaurant — is recommended. The chicken is served with toasted ciabatta, charred onions and assorted vegetables. [564 Fourth St., S.F.; (415) 777-5900]

Fine art

Latino night:
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art hosts “A Latino Night at SFMOMA,” a networking mixer held in conjunction with the exhibit “Photography in Mexico.” [6 to 8 p.m., 151 Third St., S.F.]

Art reception: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts a reception for “Only Birds Sing the Music of Heaven in This World,” an exhibit exploring the relationship of art and agriculture. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Fashion

Retail event:
Wilkes Bashford hosts a trunk show in celebration of its new seventh-floor penthouse level. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 375 Sutter St., S.F.]

Food

Brewmaster dinner:
The Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. hosts the first in a series of seasonal dinners that include a brewery tour and special menu. [5:30 p.m., 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea]

Literary

Mystery night:
The double bill includes “Murder at the Lanterne Rouge” author Cara Black and “City of Secrets” writer Kelli Stanley speaking about their books. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

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