The San Francisco International Film Festival shows throughout The City 


Paul Simon performs a sold-out concert at Davies Symphony Hall. Simon’s North America tour celebrates the release of “So Beautiful or So What,” the singer-songwriter’s first new record in five years.



Paul Allen: The co-founder of Microsoft appears in conversation with multimedia journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. [7 p.m., Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View;]

John Campbell: The author of “Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink” discusses Nigeria’s postcolonial history and the factors that have carried this dynamic and troubled giant to the edge. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Rx: laughter: Clowns Jeff Raz and Ben Johnson and activities therapist Phil Weglarz share how a medical clowning program helps patients experience joy despite serious illness. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robert Greenberg: The music historian talks about composer Philip Glass and the influence of the minimalist movement on music. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]



Juan Flores and Miriam Jimenez Roman: The editors of “The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States” discuss the book. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]

Home-plate special: Writers Al Averbach, Phil Cousineau, Jeff DeMark, David Frankel and Dan Liberthson celebrate baseball in verse and prose. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]



Japan disaster: Earthquake and security experts discuss the Japan earthquake and subsequent nuclear accident. [7 p.m., William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, 370 Serra Mall, Auditorium 200, Stanford University]



Petting zoo: The Little Explorers Mobile Petting Zoo, for kids of all ages, features goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals. [11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]



Namu: Chef Dennis Lee creates New California cuisine that reflects Korean and other Asian traditions. Today’s entrees include spring pastured Korean fried chicken, served with spicy slaw, pickled daikon, and dashi gravy. [439 Balboa St., S.F.; (415) 386-8332]



World cinema: The San Francisco International Film Festival continues at multiple venues. Today’s slate includes “The City Below” (Germany), “She Monkeys” (Sweden) and “HaHaHa.” (South Korea). [2 to 11:30 p.m.;]

Plant life: Flowering currant is a featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, which is home to more than 8,000 types of plants from around the world. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Presidio tour: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy hosts “A Walk in the Presidio Forest,” a six-mile history tour. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet at Main Post flag pole, Pershing Square, Presidio of S.F.; RSVP: (415) 561-4323]

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