Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane perform works by Brahms and more 

Around town


Patrick Blanc:
The French botanist, inventor of the vertical garden and creator of Drew School’s “living wall,” speaks at the California Academy of Sciences. [Talk at 7:30 p.m.; Nightlife activities from 6 to 10 p.m.; Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F.]


Evgeny Morozov:
The “Net Delusion” author argues that authoritarian regimes are using the Internet to their advantage, and that western hopes for a digital revolution could backfire. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Belva Davis: The Bay Area newswoman discusses her journey, personal and professional, in conversation with KGO Radio’s Ray Taliaferro. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

John Kamm: The founder of the Dui Hua Foundation discusses how the United States can more productively engage a rising China on the sensitive subject of human rights. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Clarence Lusane:
The author, journalist and activist talks about “The Black History of the White House.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Patrick Hunt: The poet talks about “Cloud Shadows of Olympus.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Andrew F. Altschul: The novelist celebrates the launch of “Deus Ex Machina.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Black history readings: Radical Women hosts “Voices of Resistance,” a feminist, open-mike, Black History Month salute to the African American struggle for ­justice. [7 p.m., Valencia Hall, 625 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Joyce Carol Oates:
The prolific writer delivers a lecture titled “The Writer’s (Secret) Life: Rejection, Woundedness, and Inspiration.” [6 p.m., Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, U.C. Berkeley; one ticket per person]

At the public library

Slavery today:
“Modern Day Slavery” exhibition addresses human trafficking and forced labor, and what we can do about it. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, General Collections exhibit space, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Insect Discovery Lab: The program gives kids (ages 8 and up) the chance to learn about insects and to see, touch and hold them. [10:30 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Valentine vino:
The Union Street Association hosts “Union Street Has a Crush on You,” a walk with wine samples, finger foods and sculptures made out of corks on view.  [4 to 8 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets, S.F.]

Benefit event: San Francisco General Hospital hosts “Hearts After Dark,” its annual chic fundraiser, featuring entertainment by Chris Clouse and DJ Solomon. [7 p.m., Union Square, Stockton and Geary streets, S.F. ]

Virtuoso musicians: Violinist Daniel Hope and pianist Jeffrey Kahane perform works by Brahms, Messiaen, Schulhoff and Franck. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Chef Eric Tucker is featuring a new Mexican-style entree, a Oaxacan green-corn arepa. It is served over a ­pinquito-­bean red pozole with seared maitake, oyster and crimini mushrooms, avocado, charred serrano-chile salsa and pickled nopales. The corn is grown at Tierra Vegetables, in Sonoma County. [580 Geary St., S.F.; (415) 345-3900]

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