Filmmaker Gus Van Sant to speak at California College of the Arts 

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Filmmaker Gus Van Sant — whose movies include “My Own Private Idaho,” “Good Will Hunting” and “Milk” — speaks at the California College of the Arts. [7 p.m., 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Lectures

Joan Gussow and Novella Carpenter:
The farmers and authors speak about the joys and frustrations of food production. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Laura Conway: The wine specialist gives a talk titled “Italian Wines — Tradition and Innovation.” [7:30 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Local history: Joel Pomerantz of Thinkwalks gives a presentation on San Francisco’s hidden underground waterways. The San Francisco History Association presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ken Knabb:
The writer, translator, historian and social theorist discusses his work. His books include “Public Secrets” and “The Relevance of Rexroth.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Colm Toibin: The award-winning author talks about “The Empty Family,” a book of stories. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Linda Gray Sexton: The daughter of poet Anne Sexton talks about “Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Elna R. Tymes:
The gerontologist discusses the senior population boom, senior living options, how seniors live and how assistive technology can help. [4:15 p.m., Main Quad, Building 370, Classroom 370, Stanford University]

Degree completion: USF hosts an informational meeting about its evening bachelor’s degree completion programs for working adults. [6 p.m., Lone Mountain Campus, Room 216, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

At the public library

Robert Crais:
The novelist reads from “The Sentry,” featuring private eye Joe Pike. [7:30 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont]

Local activities

French music:
Pianist Sujeeva Hapugalle performs works by Faure, Poulenc, and Ravel. The program is part of Noontime Concerts’ French Music Festival. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Food and wine: The Press Club hosts a “Drink for Dollars” evening of wine and food. Partial proceeds benefit Raphael House. [6 to 8 p.m., 20 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Amos Lee, whose latest album is “Mission Bell,” performs at The Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Dining out

Zuppa:
Chef de cuisine Liam Bonner’s Dine About Town menu features a three-course dinner ($30). It begins with insalata rucula (wild arugula, shaved fennel, almonds). Next comes ragu di campagna (trenne pasta, pork ragu, broccoli, caciocavallo cheese). And the final course is bistecca alla pizzaiola (Meyer Ranch black Angus coulotte, roasted garlic, tomatoes, capers). Also, vegetarian options are available. [564 Fourth St., S.F., (415) 777-5900]

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