Guitarists Peter and Zoltan Katona perform at Hotel Rex 

Who’s in town

Italian author Dacia Maraini presents “La seduzione dell’altrove,” a collection of essays and stories based on her trips all over the world, accompanied by companions such as Alberto Moravia, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Maria Callas. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

Generational climate challenges:
Speakers discuss how kids and teens are rising to the challenge of combating climate change. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Video stars: Speakers from the Web-video world discuss the economics of Web celebrity and reveal how video stars are making money off of Web videos. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jane McGonigal: The game designer and author of “Reality Is Broken” appears in conversation. [7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View; register:]

Balkan struggles: “Don’t Mourn, Balkanize! The Struggles of the Balkans and Romani in Fact and Fiction” is the theme of a discussion with speakers from the Balkans and its environs. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

T.C. Boyle:
The novelist talks about “When the Killing’s Done.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Carol Edgarian: The best-selling novelist and cofounder of Narrative magazine presents “The Three Stages of Amazement.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Benjamin Dangl: The journalist discusses “Dancing With Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America.” [7 to 9 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Saluting Afghan women:
SFSU hosts “A Tribute to Women of Afghanistan,” a Women’s History Month program. [11 a.m. to 3 p.m., SFSU, Humanities Building, Room 587, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Jewish Music Festival:
Award-winning violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley performs rarely heard works from the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Author talk:
Anne Zimmerman discusses her new book, “An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of M.F.K. Fisher.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opening night:
American Conservatory Theater presents Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming,” directed by longtime Pinter collaborator and ACT artistic director Carey Perloff. [8 p.m., ACT, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Guitar salon: Guitarists Peter and Zoltan Katona perform a salon concert in which they travel past the classical repertoire into pop and tango. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

College comedy: The San Francisco Regional Rival Match of the Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition presents a face-off: UC Berkeley versus Stanford. [8 p.m., Purple Onion, 140 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Botanical art: Filoli Center presents “Filoli Instructors and Their Students,” an exhibition containing botanical artwork created in the center’s art programs. [10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 86 Canada Road, Woodside]

Dining out

Royal Exchange: Owner Mike O’Brien serves American pub-style food; the Cobb salad is recommended today. Ingredients include romaine lettuce, Brown Derby vinaigrette, hard-boiled egg, applewood bacon, tomatoes, blue cheese and avocado. It’s served with chicken breast or albacore tuna. Also highlighted today are the burgers — “bear market” burgers, “bull market” burgers and others. [301 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 956-1710]

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