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Mary Carbonara Dances asks ‘What Does It Feel Like to Kill Someone?’

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Comedian Loni Love, whose television credits include regular appearances on “Chelsea Lately,” opens a four-day engagement at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Richard White: The author and historian explores the social and economic impact of the transcontinental railroad on the making of modern America. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ethnic dance:
Dance-community speakers talk about the elements that have created San Francisco's Ethnic Dance Festival, the largest gathering of ethnic dance in the United States. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Small-business forum: Citi and Urban Solutions host a forum to look at how some small businesses are surviving in these hard economic times. [6 p.m., Babson, 135 Main St., third floor, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 553-4433, ext. 101]


Patrick Dewitt: The novelist discusses “The Sisters Brothers.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Melissa Coleman: The Maine-based writer talks about “This Life is in Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family Undone,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Helen Phillips: The novelist talks about “And Yet They Were Happy.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local movements: Authors read from essays in the book “Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco 1968-78.” [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Brianna Karp: The blogger talks about “The Girl's Guide to Homelessness.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]


Charity book drive: UCSF's Kalmonovitz Library (530 Parnassus Ave., S.F.) and San Francisco General Hospital's Barnett-Briggs Library (1001 Potrero Ave., S.F.) are collecting used recently published books in good condition. [8 a.m. to 5 p.m., http://calendar.ucsf.edu/event/23258/]


Opera lecture: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on the Richard Wagner opera series “The Ring of the Nibelung.” [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Disaster preparedness: The one-hour course covers techniques for becoming Red Cross ready and improving disaster preparedness. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


World premiere: Mary Carbonara Dances presents “What Does It Feel Like to Kill Someone?” which asks how close to an act of violence an individual must be before bearing responsibility for it. [8 p.m., KUNST-STOFF arts, 1 Grove St. at Market Street, S.F.]

Midday music: The genre-transcending virtuoso trio Manring Kassin Darter — bassist Michael Manring, flutist Larry Kassin and pianist Tom Darter — performs in Union Square. [12:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Walking tour: The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society hosts a walking tour of Civic Center and City Hall. [1 p.m.; meet at Pioneer Monument, Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde streets, S.F.]

Height anxiety: “Vertigo” (1958) screens at the Castro Theatre as part of its 70mm Festival. James Stewart stars in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller about duplicity, delusion and acrophobia. [2, 5 and 8 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


Waterfront Restaurant: Seafood and California cuisine are on the menu. Seasonal on the appetizer front is a grilled whole artichoke. It is cut in half and served with lemon aioli and wild arugula. Recommended entree: a whole Dungeness crab. It’s served either hot and roasted, with garlic-chili butter and linguini; or cold, with horseradish-Dijon aioli. [Pier 7, Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 391-2696]

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