San Francisco Ballet presents ‘Program 3’ 

Who’s in town

Historian John McMillian talks about “Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Susan Jacoby:
The journalist discusses marketing hype vs. realistic hope in terms of what awaits the millions of Americans who will be beyond the traditional retirement age by 2030. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Dance Discourse Project’: Artists, funders, curators and writers look at the state of contemporary dance — its established patterns and its exciting less “legitimate” forms. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Christopher Corbett:
The author and journalist talks about “The Poker Bride.” [6 p.m., Chinatown YMCA, 855 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller: The New York-based writers talk about “Fortunate Sons.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Susan Conley: The memoirist presents “The Foremost Good Fortune.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Jonathan Glover:
The British philosopher gives a talk titled “Is War Too Deep in Human Nature to Eradicate?” [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, 435 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Palo Alto]

Chancellor’s Concert Series:
The Afiara Quartet performs Haydn’s “String Quartet, Op. 20, No. 2.” [12:10 p.m., UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Art of translation: Jeffrey Yang and Dolkun Kamberi, translators of contemporary and medieval Uyghur poetry, talk about the diverse Uyghur culture. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Earthquake preparedness:
UCSF’s Matt Springer gives a presentation about how to lessen earthquake damage at home and at work. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Film program: “The Inside Man” (2006), a suspense thriller directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster, screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Ballet program:
San Francisco Ballet presents “Program 3.” Dances include Yuri Possokhov’s “Classical Symphony” and Helgi Tomasson’s “Nanna’s Lied.” [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Bali high: The Asian Art Museum hosts a “Matcha” mixer. “Sacred Offerings” is the theme of the evening, which celebrates the opening of “Bali.” The Gadung Kasturi ensemble performs. [5 to 9 p.m., 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Shutter island:
Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates the art and science of photography. Guests include director-photographer Neil Osborne and photographer Sharon Beals. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Dining out

Zaré at Fly Trap:
Chef-owner Hoss Zaré recommends the duck fessenjoon, a classic Persian dish. Braised duck leg is served with pomegranate and walnut reduction with wild rice and romanescu vegetables. Also highlighted today: the ostrich carpaccio. [606 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 243-0580]

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