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AROUND TOWN

Economist and Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz appears in a sold-out conversation with Salon.com business writer Andrew Leonard at the Commonwealth Club.

LECTURES

Jay Walsh: Wikimedia Foundation’s head of communications talks about the success of Wikipedia and the future of global online collaboration. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Favianna Rodriguez: The artist and activist talks about the role of the arts, including posters, in social change and displays some of her work. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

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LITERARY

Kay Ryan: The poet laureate of the United States speaks. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Ken Mercer: The debut novelist talks about “Slow Fire.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

COLLEGES

Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe: The new-abstractionist painter and art critic gives a lecture. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Computer class: Session, designed for beginners, focuses on basic mouse, keyboard and Internet use. [6:30 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

‘Mental Aerobics’: Class, offered by City College of San Francisco, includes brain exercises designed to help seniors maintain and improve cognitive vitality and memory. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Uke ’em: “Mighty Uke,” a film about the comeback of the ukulele, screens at the Balboa Theater. Live appearances by ukulele virtuoso James Hill and director Tony Coleman follow the film. [7:30 p.m., 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Arts mixer: “Make My Monday” — a party with art making, music, drinks and food — presents its February edition. [6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, S.F.; e-mail mmm@fortmason.org to reserve spot at no-host bar]

DINING OUT

Masa’s: Chef Gregory Short and sommelier Alan Murray present an “Interactive Wine Lover’s Dinner.” Short’s four-course menu includes winter citrus salad; sauteed Alaskan halibut; braised prime beef short ribs; and chilled mandarin Cointreau souffle. Wines chosen by Murray complement each course, and diners can hear firsthand from Short and Murray about the pairings. [648 Bush St., S.F.; (415) 989-7154]

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