‘Bouquets to Art 2012’ opens at the de Young Museum 

click to enlarge Art and flowers: “Bouquets to Art 2012” opens at the de Young Museum. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s artwork, plus luncheons, teas and demonstrations. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Art and flowers: “Bouquets to Art 2012” opens at the de Young Museum. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s artwork, plus luncheons, teas and demonstrations.

Who’s in town

Gary Doer
, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, gives a talk titled “Beyond the Border,” sharing recent developments involving the border, trade and security. [Noon, Bechtel Conference Center, first floor, 500 Washington St., S.F.]

Lectures

Toxic risks:
Toxicologists and environmental journalists discuss how citizens can best evaluate media reports of food, water and air contamination to determine what is safe. [2 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Philippa Kelly: The California Shakespeare Theater dramaturge discusses how the best stage productions connect us to larger themes of humanity, understanding and love. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Home plate: Baseball historians trace where the game has been played in San Francisco, from Portsmouth Plaza to AT&T Park, over a span of 160 years. [7:30 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Debbie S. Miller: The naturalist and author of “Midnight Wilderness” talks about her explorations in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 379-8000]

Literary events

Calvin Trillin:
The journalist, humorist and chronicler of culture, whose books include the recently published “Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin,” appears in conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ericka Lutz: The Bay Area writer talks about “The Edge of Maybe,” her first novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Peter Constantine: The award-winning translator talks about translating Greek poetry. The Center for the Art of Translation presents the Lit & Lunch event. [12:30 p.m., 111 Minna Gallery, 111 Minna St., S.F.]

Meg Donahue: The locally based writer launches her debut novel, “How to Eat a Cupcake.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Guitar group:
The Pacific Guitar Ensemble performs a concert of music centuries old and brand new. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Gordon Ball:
The author and photographer talks about his newest book, “East Hill Farm: Seasons With Allen Ginsberg.” [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Sidewalk chalk art: Session, celebrating Youth Art Month, offers the chance to pick up chalk and help decorate the library’s patio grounds. [2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Art and flowers:
“Bouquets to Art 2012” opens at the de Young Museum. The event features floral arrangements inspired by the museum’s artwork, plus luncheons, teas and demonstrations. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Welsh rock band:
The Joy Formidable performs in San Francisco. The Welsh alternative-rock trio is promoting its debut full-length album, “The Big Roar.” [8 p.m., the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Classical music:
The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performs works by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms. A talk (7:15 p.m.) precedes the concert. [8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto]

Dining out

Nob Hill Grille:
The pot pie is recommended. It contains sauteed chicken breast, bacon, carrots, peas, onions, and broccolini in a sherry cream sauce, served between puff pastry. [969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

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