Angelides to speak at Commonwealth Club 

PERSON IN TOWN
Phil Angelides, the chairman of the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission — which is tasked with examining the causes of the economic crisis — discusses the commission’s findings. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LECTURES
Stress and health:
Speakers discuss ongoing revolutionary research involving the health effects of stress and how to combat it. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Chinese history: Journalist Orville Schell, professor Tai-Chun Kuo and the Chinese Historical Society of America’s Sue Lee discuss the legacy of 20th-century Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen. [6 p.m., Pacific Heritage Museum, 608 Commercial St., S.F.]

Transportation emissions: San Francisco transit officials discuss the strategies they are pursuing to reduce greenhouse gases from the transportation sector. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]



LITERARY
Joshua E.S. Phillips:
The journalist discusses “None of Us Were Like This Before: American Soldiers and Torture.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Kim Severson: The New York Times food writer talks about “Spoon Fed.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885-A Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

COLLEGES
Pierre Leguillon:
The French artist — who creates slideshows, objects and assemblages with a method based on accumulation, selection and sequencing — gives a presentation. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Thursday films:
Movies from the 1930s screen this month. Today’s feature: “Public Enemy” (1931) with James Cagney. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [2 to 5 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

CITY
Sustainability fair:
“California Gold: Plants & Water,” a sustainability fair and lecture, benefits the San Francisco Botanical Society. Featured speaker: author Robert C. Perry. [6 to 9:30 p.m., County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Sound and vision: The 2011 Other Minds festival begins. Music by Anthony Gnazzo, Kyle Gann and other maverick composers is on the program. [Talk at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Green screen: The San Francisco Green Film Festival opens with a screening of “Bag It” and a “Green Carpet Gala.” [Film at 7 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; gala at 9 p.m. at nearby Bentley Reserve]

‘Natural Wonders’: The four-day 59th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition gets under way with a gala benefit preview. [6:30 to 10 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Crafty folk: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts the March edition of its Craft Bar. Paper-cutting artist Jeeyon Shim and comics artist Susie Cagle conduct workshops. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

DINING OUT
Liverpool Lil’s:
Continental comfort food and traditional English pub fare are on the menu. Entrees include steak frites (grilled skirt steak, herb butter, Parmesan garlic fries); braised-lamb shepherd’s pie with carrots, English peas and button mushrooms, plus butter-broiled mashed potato; a citrus-glazed half-chicken with sauteed spinach and potato puree; and beer-battered fish and chips. [2942 Lyon St. S.F., (415) 921-6664]

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