Jan. 21: Patti Smith, punk cinema and more 

Who's in town

Dr. Vint Virga, author of "The Soul of All Living Creatures," speaks about how animals express their feelings and how humans can respond. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Workplace strategies: Business executive Tim Leberecht, author of "The Business Romantic," looks at how to incorporate intuition and sensitivity into the business world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Fighting poverty: Mal Warwick, author of "The Business Solution to Poverty," examines how entrepreneurs can help the world's poorest people rise out of poverty. [7 p.m., Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Literary events

Culinary introspection: Journalist John McQuaid's "TASTY: The Art and Science of What We Eat," probes the mysteries of flavor from farms to fast-food restaurants. [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Reading the Dead: San Francisco State University professor Peter Richardson delves into The City's rock history with his latest book, "No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead." [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

'War Comes Home': Curators John Benitz and Andrew Carroll discuss "War Comes Home: The Legacy," an exhibit about troops' experiences of coming home after war. [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Wine at the library: Visitors 21 and over can sample wine and learn the basics of flavor. [6:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Bird talk: Photographer Sidney Hollister uses slides to explore the birds of the Bay Area. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Discussion group: The World Affairs Interest Group is discussing Chinese maritime and military policy as described in a November article in Atlantic magazine. [1 p.m., Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, San Francisco State University downtown campus, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Local activities

Argentine cinema: Pablo Oliverio's "Un Ovni Sobre Mi Cama," an Argentine film about a cartographer stranded in a dystopian future, screens. [8 p.m., Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Anyi Malik, who has appeared on Hulu's "Quicklaffs" and his own comedy album, "Lamb Choppin,'" headlines a bill that also includes Kaseem Bentley and Leslie Small. [8 p.m., Doc's Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Punk film: Director Robin Bell is speaking at a screening of the documentary "Positive Force: More Than A Witness: 30 Years of Punk Politics and Activism," which documents bands such as Bikini Kill, Fugazi and more. [8 p.m., New Nothing Cinema, 16 Sherman St., S.F.]

TV funnies: Comedians riff on classic and not-so-classic TV shows at "TV Repair." [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Queen of punk: Punk pioneer Patti Smith is playing music from a career that has spanned four decades. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

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