Scientist Sean B. Carroll speaks in San Francisco 

Who’s in town

Sean B. Carroll: The award-winning scientist, educator and author appears in conversation with journalist Mark Hertsgaard. Carroll’s research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]



‘American Wasteland’: Speakers discuss the life cycle of our food and how climate change will affect it. Climate One presents the program, which is scheduled to be videotaped. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Monday Night Philosophy’: "The Patterns in Our Personalities" is the theme of this month’s session. George Hammond explores the principles that drive our pursuit of happiness. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly: The co-authors of "All Things Shining" talk about how to rediscover the sacred, shining things that surround us every day. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Stephen Petronio: The visiting choreographer appears in a conversation hosted by San Francisco choreographer Margaret Jenkins. [7 p.m., Margaret Jenkins Dance Lab, 301 Eighth St., S.F.]


At the colleges

Lucy and Jorge Orta: The contemporary artists discuss their collaborative projects. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]


At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: The poetry-writing group, for senior citizens, holds a session. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

First Monday Movies’: The film series presents "Ace in the Hole" (1951), directed by Billy Wilder and starring Kirk Douglas. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]


Literary events

Randy Wayne White: The novelist talks about "Night Vision." [7 p.m., "M" Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]


Local activities

New play: The Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents a script-in-progress reading, plus a talk with the director and playwright. Featured play: Lloyd Suh’s "Jesus in India." [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Mexican film: "Nora’s Will," a Mexican-Jewish seriocomedy about a woman whose suicide comes with a scheme attached, aimed at bringing her family together, screens at the Bridge Theatre. [3010 Geary Blvd., S.F., (415) 267-4893]


Dining out

Destino: Chef James Schenk serves South American cuisine with a contemporary twist. Dishes include ceviches, empanadas, the popular chile relleno and a variety of entrees. Recommended today is the yucca gnocchi with Peruvian black-mint pesto. [1815 Market St., S.F., (415) 552-4451]

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