San Francisco Symphony presents ‘Favorite String Serenades’ 

Who’s in town

Photojournalist Brenda Paik Sunoo discusses her new book, “Moon Tides,” which is an homage to the elderly female divers who live on Jeju Island, Korea. The International Museum of Women presents the evening. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Russ Building, 235 Montgomery St., 12th floor, S.F.; RSVP:]


Post-disaster Japan:
Speakers discuss the political, economic and humanitarian implications of the disaster in Japan, for both the region and the world. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

James Fishkin: The director of Stanford’s Center for Deliberative Democracy leads a program presenting the results of a recent experiment in deliberative polling. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Charles Bowden: The author of “Murder City” examines Mexico’s drug war, which he says demonstrates the consequences of U.S. drug policy, free-trade and immigration policy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

E. Ethelbert Miller:
The writer and literary activist appears in an evening of poetry, prose and conversation. [6 to 8 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Caitlin Shetterly: The National Public Radio contributor and freelance writer talks about “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jeni Britton Bauer: The Ohio-based ice-cream star talks about “Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

AIDS film:
The program features a screening of the documentary “Life Before the Lifeboat: San Francisco’s Courageous Response to the AIDS Outbreak.” A talk follows. [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall auditorium, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Choral concert: The Peninsula Women’s Chorus presents a program of Shaker music, spirituals, European and American song favorites and other music. [8 p.m., Memorial Church, Stanford University]

At the public library

The program, presented by Aquarium of the Bay and designed for ages 6 to 10, explores the world of sharks, skates and rays. [11 a.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

String fever:
The San Francisco Symphony presents “Favorite String Serenades” led by Alexander Barantschik. The string section performs works by Mozart, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Art reception: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts a reception for two new exhibits: Debby and Larry Kline’s “In You We Trust” and Ricardo Rivera’s “Fantasy Is a Place Where It Rains.” [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Opera master class: Mezzo-soprano Catherine Cook conducts a master class in which emerging artists from the Opera Academy of California perform. [7 p.m., Old First Church, 1751 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Double feature: “The Blue Angel” (1930) and “The Devil Is a Woman” (1935), both directed by Josef von Sternberg and featuring Marlene Dietrich, screen at the Castro Theatre. [3, 5:15, 7 and 9 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Dining out

Royal Exchange:
Owner Mike O’Brien serves American, San Francisco and pub-style fare. “Lazy Man’s Cioppino,” with prawns, rock cod, rock shrimp, calamari, scallops, clams and marinara sauce, is recommended today. Also look for the “Black & Blue Steak Salad,” with blackened tender beef steak, crisp greens, julienned carrots, cherry tomatoes, avocado, bacon and crumbled-blue-cheese dressing. [301 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 956-1710]

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