The Beijing Guitar Duo performs at San Francisco Performances 

click to enlarge Finger picking: The Beijing Guitar Duo — Meng Su and Yameng Wang — performs a “Salon at the Rex” concert, presented by San Francisco Performances. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Finger picking: The Beijing Guitar Duo — Meng Su and Yameng Wang — performs a “Salon at the Rex” concert, presented by San Francisco Performances.

Who’s in town

Actor Al Pacino screens “Wilde Salome,” his documentary exploring the complexities of Oscar Wilde and Wilde’s play “Salome.” [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Lectures

Sally Mann:
The renowned photographer appears in conversation. “The Flesh and the Spirit,” an in-depth study of the human body, is her most recent publication. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Irina Bokova: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization director-general discusses UNESCO efforts to promote peace, security and democracy. [6:30 p.m., Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St., S.F.; www.worldaffairs.org]

Preventive action: Speakers discuss steps that ordinary people can take to avoid medical overtreatment and prevent or reverse atherosclerosis, hypertension and dementia. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jeffrey Van Cleve: The NASA Ames Research Center astronomer gives a presentation titled “Worlds in Collision: The Hazard and Promise of Near-Earth Asteroids.” [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Jess Curtis: The Bay Area choreographer, interviewed by choreographer Joanna Haigood, talks about his body-based experiments through performance and teaching. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Esi Edugyan:
The novelist talks about “Half Blood Blues.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Bart Schneider: The locally based novelist reads from “Nameless Dame: Murder on the Russian River.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Open house:
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides learning opportunities for people 50 and up, hosts an information session. [Noon, Creative Arts Building, San Francisco State University,  1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Public schools:
“How Do We Engage the Public to Support San Francisco’s Public Schools?” is the theme of a program hosted by Public Engagement for Public Schools. [2 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Female artists: Artist Marlene Aron gives a talk titled “Five Fabulous Women Artists of the 1800s.” [6:30 p.m., Glen Park Branch, 2825 Diamond St., S.F.]

Local activities

Finger picking:
The Beijing Guitar Duo — Meng Su and Yameng Wang — performs a “Salon at the Rex” concert, presented by San Francisco Performances. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Art reception: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts a reception for its 2012 “Solo Mujeres” art exhibit, “Documenting the Universal/Material.” The show explores aspects of female empowerment. [6:30 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Rrazz Room gala: The nightclub celebrates its fourth anniversary in a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; the cabaret show features many special guests. [8 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Dining out

Presidio Social Club:
Chef Ray Tang’s menu includes three-course weeknight suppers ($28), and deep-fried whole hen is the entree on Wednesdays. [Building 563, Ruger Street, Presidio of San Francisco; (415) 885-1888]

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