Dan Deacon performs at the Independent for Noise Pop 2011 


Anya Schiffrin
, director of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, discusses the role of the business press leading up to the financial crisis and how the media may have contributed to the crash itself. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Gray Brechin:
The historian discusses New Deal contributions to San Francisco and the Bay Area. The San Francisco History Association presents the talk. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip's Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Hub Bay Area: SPUR Young Urbanists host an evening spotlighting the Hub, a new model of radical collaboration through social entrepreneurship, focused on the topic of energy. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]


Maxine Hong Kingston:
The award-winning writer talks about "I Love a Broad Margin to My Life," a memoir. [7 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Summer Wood: The novelist presents "Wrecker," in conversation with author Laura Fraser. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Persian literature:
Found in Translation Book Group discusses Sadegh Hedayat's "The Blind Owl" (1937), a major work from Iran. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Black History Month:
Rara Tou Limen Haitian Dance Company, a San Francisco based folkloric troupe, performs. [6:30 p.m., USF, Studio Theater, Lone Mountain campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Cello recital: Cellist Melanie Goldstein performs works by Mendelssohn, Dvorak and other composers, joined by fellow musicians. [8 p.m., Campbell Recital Hall, Stanford University]


Michelle Moran:
The novelist reads from her new book, "Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution." [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Computer class: "Basic Mouse and Typing Skills" is the focus. [1:15 p.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Rock and blues:
Lydia Pense and Cold Blood perform at Yoshi's. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Classical music: The Lee Duo — pianist Aeri Lee and violist Caroline Lee — perform works by Robert Schumann, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Darius Milhaud. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Nominated docs: "Oscar Docs 2011," a three-day screening of all the 2011 Oscar-nominated short and feature documentaries, begins. See website for schedule. [Noon to 10 p.m., Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.; www.BalboaMovies.com]

Indie arts: "Noise Pop 2011," the indie music and arts festival, begins. Today's performers include Dan Deacon at 8 p.m. at the Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F., and Yo La Tengo at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. [[5 p.m., onward; multiple venues; http://2011.noisepop.com]

Comedy show: For the People Comedy, a collective founded by locally based comedian Frankie Quinones, presents a show. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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