January 22: 'Pornographer's Daughter' and other SF events 

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  • “The Pornographer’s Daughter,” a stage presentation about local pornography pioneers Jim and Artie Mitchell, told by Liberty Bradford Mitchell, daughter of Artie, opens at Z Below.
Who’s in town

Comedian Kris Tinkle performs stand-up in a show scheduled to be recorded for a live CD. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Jonathan Berman: The author of “Success in Africa” discusses the opportunities and challenges that businesses in Africa are experiencing. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Urban agriculture: Speakers discuss how local agencies are planning to foster urban farming and gardening in Bay Area cities. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Songs of Freedom: The 1907 songbook and its editor, Irish revolutionary James Connolly, are saluted by editor and composer Mat Callahan. Shaping San Francisco hosts the talk. [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., S.F.]

Literary events

Kirstin Chen: The locally based novelist celebrates the launch of “Soy Sauce for Beginners.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Howard Pines: The author and speech scientist discusses his debut science-fiction novel, “The Whale Song Translation.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Erez Aiden: The Harvard scientist talks about “Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Moazzam Sheikh: The short-story writer talks about “Cafe Le Whore and Other Stories.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Film night: “Yojimbo” (1961), directed by Akira Kurosawa and starring Toshiro Mifune, is the featured film. [7 p.m., Room 113, Piggott Hall, Building 260, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford]

At the public library

‘Survival in Sarajevo’: The exhibition, which looks at how a small Jewish community turned a synagogue into a valuable aid site during the Bosnian War, presents an opening talk. [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Clint Werner: The author and medical marijuana advocate discusses “Marijuana Gateway to Health.” [5:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

World premiere

“The Pornographer’s Daughter,” a stage presentation about local pornography pioneers Jim and Artie Mitchell, told by Liberty Bradford Mitchell, daughter of Artie, opens at Z Below. [8 p.m., 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Local activities

Ballet gala: The San Francisco Ballet hosts its 2014 opening gala — a black-tie reception, dinner, performance and party. [5 p.m., City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, S.F.; War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; www.sfballet.org]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, featuring violinist Alexander Barantschik, presents a concert of works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Britten and Piazzolla. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Double feature: “Chinatown” (7 p.m.), director Roman Polanski’s 1974 neo-noir classic, and “The Fortune” (5:10 and 9:25 p.m.), Mike Nichols’ 1975 screwball comedy, screen at the Castro Theatre. [429 Castro St., S.F.]

Plaj: The Swedish meatballs are recommended today. Potato puree, pan gravy, lingonberry and pickled cucumber complete this popular dish. The skrei, served with rainbow chard, Dungeness crab and butternut squash, is also highlighted. [333 Fulton St., S.F.; (415) 294-8925]

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