‘Kaboom’ opens San Francisco Independent Film Festival at the Roxie Theater 

Around town

Who’s in town

Deborah Rodrigue
z, author of the best-selling “Kabul Beauty School,” talks about her debut novel, “A Cup of Friendship.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


State economy:
Assemblyman Rich Gordon and moderator Ted Lempert discuss the projected $28 billion deficit that California faces. [6 to 8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea]

Home team: The San Francisco Giants’ Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean discuss the team’s recent triumph and current hopes. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; regular tickets are sold out; overflow seating is available]

Literary events

Patti Lee-Hoffmann:
The local businesswoman and 2009 Women’s Initiative Entrepreneur of the Year discusses “In Great Company.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Poetry night: Readers Cafe and Bookstore presents “Poetry Open Mic Night,” hosted by poet Jack Hirschman. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; to participate, e-mail cafe@friendssfpl.org]

At the colleges

Leo Rubinfien:
The artist and writer gives a talk titled “Where I’ve Been Going and Why.” [6 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

Kim Kashkashian: The violist appears in a “Chamber Music Masters” concert. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Storytelling session:
Tureeda Mikell leads a program of African folktales, rhythm, rap and rhyme for children of all ages. [10:30 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room. 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Actor spotlight
: Films featuring Denzel Washington screen on Thursdays in February. Today’s film: “Glory” (1990), a drama about the Civil War’s first all-black regiment. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Craft party:
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts an opening celebration for the exhibit “E Is for Everyone: Celebrating Sister Corita.” Events include a valentine craft project. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Hello, Dali: Exploratorium After Dark presents “Get Surreal,” an adult-geared social exploring wild ideas of reality and the limits of the imagination. Feel free to dress as a favorite surrealist. [6 to 10 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Tokens of affection: California Historical Society hosts “An Evening With the Ephemera Collection,” featuring vintage valentines and other mementos of love. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 357-1848, ext. 229]

Britain and beyond: The 2011 Mostly British Film Festival opens with a reception, followed by a screening of “West Is West.” [5 to 7:30 p.m., British Motors, 901 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; 8 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Indie festival: “IndieFest 2011,” the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, begins, along with its accompanying MusicFest. Opening-night film: Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom” at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F. [7 p.m. onward, S.F. venues; www.sfindie.com]

Dining out

Chef Parke Ulrich’s menu features fresh sustainable seafood. The menu changes daily. Recent dishes include Nantucket Bay scallops with baby artichokes, blood orange, and smoked sauce mousseline; grilled golden tilefish with flageolet beans, baby carrots, and truffled sunchokes; and fire-roasted Dungeness crab with black-bean sauce, green papaya, mint, and chilled glass-noodle salad. [399 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 284-9922]

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