Craig Venter unlocks the mysteries of genetics at Herbst Theatre 

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Who’s in town

Craig Venter, regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his contributions to genomic research, appears in conversation. “Unlocking the Mysteries of Genetics” is the theme of the talk. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Sebastian Seung:
The MIT professor and author of “Connectome” talks about what he calls the nexus of nature and nurture: the network of connections between neurons in the brain. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Cruising 55’: Speakers discuss new auto fuel economy standards and the future of the auto industry. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Life in Zimbabwe: Peter Orner, editor of “Hope Deferred,” and Peter Godwin, author of “The Fear,” discuss human rights in Zimbabwe and the power of storytelling. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Ralph Richard Banks:
The Stanford professor and author of “Is Marriage for White People?” discusses marriage in the 21st century. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its February discussion. “Censorship and Protests in the Internet Age” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Farshid Moussavi:
The architect and Harvard University professor discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Dora Garcia: The Spanish artist discusses her work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Hal Buell: The veteran Associated Press photo editor tells the story of Joe Rosenthal’s famous photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima. [7:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, Stanford University, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

Movie day:
“The Lady Vanishes” (1938), a British thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock in his pre-Hollywood period, is the featured attraction. [4 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Local activities

Lusty lingo: Litquake presents “Love Hurts,” an evening in which local literati read their favorite overwrought love-related passages. Readers include Justin Chin, Michelle Richmond and others. [7 p.m., Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F.]

New play: Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents a reading of an in-progress script of Rehana Mirza’s “Lonely Leela.” A talk follows. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Valentine’s Day cabaret: Craig Jessup pays tribute to Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin and Stephen Sondheim in a show called “It’s Got to Be Love.” [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Northern exposure: Canadian rock singer and songwriter Matthew Good brings his “Acoustic Tour” to San Francisco. Singer-songwriter Emily Greene opens the show. [8 p.m., Cafe du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Dining out

Farallon Restaurant:
Chefs Mark Franz and Ryan Simas create sophisticated coastal cuisine with seasonal ingredients. Seared Rhode Island black bass is new on the menu today. [450 Post St., S.F.; (415) 956-6969]

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