Rupert Garcia prints available at Magnolia Editions in Oakland 


Jazz vocalist Jane Monheit appears in concert. SFJAZZ presents the evening. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]


Chef Bob Petzold recommends a pair of dishes that feature springtime crops and flavors. First up is a vegetable side dish. Ingredients include baby carrots, snap peas, pea leaves and ginger. Also look for a shaved-asparagus salad with poached tuna belly and lemon miso vinaigrette. [710 Montgomery St., S.F., (415) 982-2622]


Guy Kawasaki:
The renowned venture capitalist talks about marketing and the future of social networking. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

LGBT forum:
The Rev. Eric Lee and the Rev. Deborah Johnson discuss LGBT equality and the fight for civil rights they are leading in their communities. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Joseph Nye Jr.: The international-relations scholar and Harvard University professor discusses how the United States can utilize soft and smart power to resolve complex issues. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Lewis Lapham:
The author and editor discusses the state of the union and explores the subject of the latest issue of Lapham’s Quarterly. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Benjamin Griffin: The co-editor of “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1” discusses the first of three volumes. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Rebecca Solnit: The San Francisco writer, whose books include “Infinite City,” gives a multimedia talk. Artists who contributed maps and artwork to the book join her. [6 to 8 p.m., Tosca Cafe, 242 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Susie Bright: The writer, speaker and teacher, whose subject is sexuality, celebrates her birthday and her memoir, “Big Sex, Little Death.” [6 to 9 p.m., Smugglers’ Cove, 650 Gough St., S.F.]

Neil Strauss: The music reporter talks about “Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead: Journeys Into Fame and Madness.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


Open house:
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which presents learning opportunities for people age 50 and up, hosts an open house. [1 to 2 p.m., SFSU, Downtown Campus, sixth floor, 835 Market St., S.F.]


Ballet scholar:
Dance historian Doug Fullington talks about the ballets of choreographer Marius Petipa. [5 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Thursday films: Movies from the 1930s screen this month. Today’s feature: “Libeled Lady,” directed by Jack Conway and starring Jean Harlow and William Powell. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Violin virtuoso:
Leila Josefowicz performs a concert of works by Brahms, Stravinsky, Schubert and other composers. San Francisco Performances presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Park place: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates parks this week. Photographer Ian Shive, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and Nu Funk Boutique are on the bill. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Museum exhibit: “Rupert Garcia: The Magnolia Editions Project 1991-2011” contains prints made by local artist Rupert Garcia at Magnolia Editions in Oakland. [9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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