February 19: 'Napoli!' and other SF events 

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  • American Conservatory Theater presents “Napoli!” — a new translation of Eduardo De Filippo’s Italian comedy about a wartime family determined to overcome poverty and fascism.
Who’s in town

Jacob J. Lew, secretary of the Treasury of the United States, speaks at the World Affairs Council, discussing the nation’s economy. [1:30 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP by 10 a.m. to www.worldaffairs.org]


Barbara Boxer: The U.S. senator discusses courses of action that might prevent millions of Americans from losing their chance at the American dream. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Todd Stern: The U.S. special envoy for climate change talks about last year’s U.N. climate talks and shares his views on how the global effort to reduce carbon pollution will fare. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Kertzer: The author of “The Pope and Mussolini” discusses the role played by the Vatican’s inner circle, including Pope Pius XI, in making the Mussolini dictatorship possible. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Steve Gottlieb: The visual observer gives a talk titled “Unwrapping the Visual Discovery of Spiral Nebulae.” San Francisco Amateur Astronomers presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Owen Egerton: The Austin, Texas-based screenwriter, playwright, theater director and humorist talks about “How Best to Avoid Dying.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jack Katz: The comic book creator discusses “The First Kingdom Vol. I: The Birth of Tundran” and “The First Kingdom Vol. 2: The Galaxy Hunters.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Marilyn Yalom: The feminist author appears in a “How I Write” conversation, discussing the techniques, quirks and joys of writing. [7:30 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the library

Civil grand jury: A presentation looks at the purpose of the San Francisco civil grand jury, the nature and impact of its investigations and who its members are. [6 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]

Black history: Ranger Rik Penn discusses Colonel Charles Young — a captain in the Ninth Cavalry in 1903 and the first black superintendent of a U.S. national park. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Opening night

American Conservatory Theater presents “Napoli!” — a new translation of Eduardo De Filippo’s Italian comedy about a wartime family determined to overcome poverty and fascism. [8 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Around town

Gala fundraiser: DIVAfest, a showcase for female performers, holds its fundraising gala, “The Queen of Hearts.” The event includes festival excerpts, guest performers, music and antics. [7 p.m., Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Pop and folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler performs material from “July,” her sixth full-length album. [8 p.m., the Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Coen series: The Castro Theatre continues its Wednesday series featuring the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. “Miller’s Crossing” (1990) and “Barton Fink” (1991) screen today. [7 and 9:10 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Solo clarinet: Jazz and klezmer clarinetist Ben Goldberg performs a solo concert, exploring music new and old. The event is part of the Salons at the Rex series. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Nopa: Rustic dishes made with locally sourced are on chef Laurence Jossel’s menu. The toasted quinoa, with smoked trout, roe, hazelnuts and blood orange, is recommended today. [560 Divisadero St., S.F.; (415) 864-8643]

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