2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival begins with ‘The Island President’ 

click to enlarge Green screen: The 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival begins. Local filmmaker Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” leads things off. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Green screen: The 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival begins. Local filmmaker Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” leads things off.

Who’s in town

Violinist Arabella Steinbacher appears with the San Francisco Symphony, performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Russell Feingold:
The former U.S. senator (D-Wis.) discusses what he views as the nation’s recent mistakes and suggests a realignment of objectives. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Nuclear threats: The Ploughshares Fund’s Joe Cirincione and Philip Yun discuss successes and failures in U.S. and international efforts to curb nuclear threats. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Bicycling movement: Speakers from New York City’s Transportation Alternatives and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition discuss how their organizations are revitalizing our communities. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dorothy Allison:
The award-winning and best-selling author celebrates the 20th anniversary of her novel “Bastard Out of Carolina.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

David Wolman: The journalist talks about “The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers — and the Coming Cashless Society.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Richard White: The historian discusses “Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@calhist.org or (415) 357-1848, ext. 229]

At the colleges

Chinese art lecture:
The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim presents “Ming Dynasty Court Art,” a presentation and discussion with Michael Knight, curator of Chinese art at the Asian Art Museum. [5:45 p.m., Fromm Hall, USF, Parker and Golden Gate avenues, S.F.]

Japan earthquake: The roundtable discussion examines the Bay Area’s response to Japan’s Tohoku disaster. [2 to 6 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center, San Francisco State University, 800 Font Blvd., S.F.; RSVP: http://japancenter.eventbrite.com]

Barry Sanders: The author, professor and journalist examines the environmental impact of U.S. military intervention overseas. [7 p.m., Tresidder Oak Lounge, Stanford University, 459 Lagunita Drive, Stanford]

Chancellor’s Concert Series: The Ives Quartet performs Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” (Quartet No. 14 in D minor). [Noon, Cole Hall, UC San Francisco, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Seuss-tastic Storytime:
The program, co-hosted by KQED, celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss with books, songs, music and a visit by the Cat in the Hat. [10 a.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Thursdays@Noon Films: “Impromptu” (1991), a fact-based drama about composer Frederic Chopin and author Aurore Dupin (aka George Sand), is the featured film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Green screen:
The 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival begins. Local filmmaker Jon Shenk’s “The Island President” leads things off. [7 p.m., San Francisco Film Society Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sfgreenfilmfest.org]

Brews and Views:
Half Moon Bay Brewing Co. presents a screening of “Last Call at the Oasis,” a documentary about the water crisis, along with refreshments. [6 to 9 p.m., Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay]

Indie rock: In an evening of Americana, Southern folk and bayou tunes, Oakland-based the Shants open for Chadwick Stokes. [9 p.m., Cafe Du Nord. 2170 Market St., S.F.]

One-man wonder: Geoff Hoyle appears in an encore presentation of “Geezer,” a funny and wistful show about what it’s like to grow old. [8 p.m., The Marsh,1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dining out

Japan’s award-winning Hitachino Nest Beer is paired with dishes created by Nombe chef Noriyuki Sugie in a dinner available tonight through Saturday. Courses include Pacific saury and foie gras terrine; mackerel brandade; rice-crusted swordfish with caramelized pork belly; and spicy octopus and tripe. Beef-cheek ramen with hand-crafted miso (Sugie’s specialty) completes the experience. [2491 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 681-7150]

Music and more

New music:
Other Minds Festival 17, a celebration of new music from around the world, begins. The Norwegian ensemble Asamisimasa, playing a composition by Øyvind Torvund, is today’s featured act. [Talk at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.; Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Punk rock: Alkaline Trio headlines a concert also featuring Riverboat Gamblers and Pounders. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Crafting night: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts its March Craft Bar, an evening of crafting and adult drinks. Diana Rupp, conducting an embroidery activity, is the guest artist. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

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