The Museum of the African Diaspora presents ‘From Process to Print’ 

Who’s in town

Comedian John Caparulo kicks off a string of shows at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Brian Michael Till:
The author of “Conversations With Power” talks about what we can learn from powerful leaders about issues ranging from climate change to global economics. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Larry Flynt: The Hustler publisher and famed symbol of First Amendment rights talks about freedom of expression, sexual politics and privacy. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Local history: A discussion series, inspired by the book “Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78,” begins. Today’s talk centers on the politics of the Mission district. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Greil Marcus:
The music journalist and culture critic talks about “The Old, Weird America: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Two poets: Will Alexander (“Compression and Purity”) and Cedar Sigo (“Stranger in Town”) celebrate the release of their new poetry collections. [7 p.m., City Lights
Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jessica Theroux:
The writer and photographer talks about “Cooking With Italian Grandmothers.” [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

At the colleges

Anies Baswedan:
The Paramadina University president gives a talk titled “Lessons From Democratic Indonesia, the World’s Largest Majority-Muslim Country.” [4:30 p.m., Encina Hall East, 616 Serra, Stanford University]

At the public library

Library design:
A panel discusses the architecture and design of San Francisco Public Library branches. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Rock historian: Richie Unterberger presents rare 1960s rock and soul clips. [7 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Local activities

Bearden exhibit:
The Museum of the African Diaspora presents “From Process to Print,” an exhibit of graphic works by 20th-century artist Romare Bearden.
[11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Festival kickoff: Omar Sosa and John Santos get the 2011 San Francisco International Arts Festival rolling with a program of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz.
[8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Noir town: “I Wake Up Dreaming 2011,” a series of rarely shown classics and gems from cinema’s noir era, presents a double bill of “Ruthless” (1948) and “Whispering City” (1947). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www. roxie.com]

Salsa night: Salsa in the Square returns to Union Square. Introductory dance lessons are followed by an open dance floor. SFSU’s Afro-Cuban Ensemble performs today. [6 to 8 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Art reception: A reception celebrates the opening of “En Papel,” an exhibit taking a look at contemporary Latino printmakers in the United States. [6:30 to 9 p.m., Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Cliff House:
Three-course prix-fixe dinners ($25) are available in the Bistro on Wednesdays. This week, the main course is grilled swordfish with olive tapenade, served with roasted Yukon potatoes and spring vegetables. [1090 Point Lobos, S.F.; (415) 386-3330]

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