February 5: Mads Tolling and other SF events 

Who's in town

Food columnist and blogger Sarah Elton discusses “Consumed: Sustainable Food for a Finite Planet.” [6 p.m., Ferry Building, Board Room, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lectures

David Pace: The photographer presents works from his series “Market Day, Friday Night” and “Sur La Route,” which depict life in Bereba, a village in Burkina Faso. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Martin Yan: The chef, cooking teacher, food consultant and host of “Yan Can Cook” discusses his culinary career and the state of Chinese cuisine in the United States today. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Greener pastures: Speakers discuss how San Francisco can better celebrate its array of biodiversity, activism and natural-history knowledge to become a “biodiversity city.” [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada center, 518 Valencia St., S.F.; www.shapingsf.org]

Lynn Downey: The historian discusses the history of Levi Strauss & Company. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: levistrausshistory.eventbrite.com]

Literary events

Isabel Allende: The Chilean American author and activist, whose new novel is “Ripper,” appears in conversation. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Molly Antopol: The Stanford lecturer talks about her debut novel “The Unamericans” with author Tom Barbash. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Tanya Selvaratnam: The writer, producer, theater artist and activist talks about “The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism, and the Reality of the Biological Clock.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Loren Schoenberg: The executive director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem gives a presentation titled “Learn to Sing Jazz in 60 Minutes.” [Noon, Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the library

Blacks in science: Black scientists and mathematicians share their experiences and discuss how young black scholars, who love math and science, can have meaningful careers. [3 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Movie screening: “Marty” (1955), directed by Delbert Mann and starring Ernest Borgnine as a lonely Bronx butcher who finds love, is featured. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Jazz stars

Collaborating for the first time, Grammy-winning violist Mads Tolling and vocalist Kim Nally perform a concert exploring a universe of jazz, blues and Tolling originals. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Rock band: The Austin, Texas-based band White Denim brings its tour to San Francisco in support of its latest album, “Corsicana Lemonade.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Free day: The San Francisco Zoo is offering free admission for San Francisco residents today. Identification verifying S.F. residency is required. New at the zoo: Kabibe, a baby gorilla. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 1 Zoo Road, S.F.]

Art show: “John Field: Photo-Based Digital Images,” a show picturing Egypt, Jordan, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Paris and London, opens with a reception. [6 to 8 p.m., Thomas Reynolds Gallery, 2291 Pine St., S.F.]

Credo: Chef Omar Huerta recommends a new octopus appetizer today. The octopus is slow-braised for seven hours and served with Brussels sprouts, Castelfranco radicchio, preserved lemons and fried capers. [360 Pine St., S.F.; (415) 693-0360]

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