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‘Plantosaurus Rex’ opens at Conservatory of Flowers

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Ancient roots: “Plantosaurus Rex

Who’s in town

Ishmael Beah, author of “A Long Way Gone” and UNICEF advocate for children affected by war, tells his story of abduction and war in Sierra Leone and discusses how we can stop the use of children as a tool of war. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Digital publishing: Leading digital experts share their experiences, thoughts and predictions on the future of publishing. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Textile traditions: The Chavez Santiago family of the weaving village of Teotitlan de Valle, near the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, talks about this ancient art form and preserving a way of life. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ben Kacyra: The founder of CyArk discusses the groundbreaking 3-D laser-scanning system he is using to scan and preserve ancient world monuments in archival detail. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Ikue Mori: The drummer, composer and leading figure in live electronic music gives a solo performance. [8 p.m., CCRMA Stage, the Knoll, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Radar series: The monthly program, hosted by Michelle Tea, features local emerging and underground writers. May’s participants include Alyssa Angel and Keely Hyslop. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Candy crafts: Participants can learn to make a candy lei in this workshop for ages 10 to 18. Materials are provided. [4 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]

Local activities

Ancient roots: “Plantosaurus Rex,” an exhibition of prehistoric plants, opens at the Conservatory of Flowers. Life-sized model dinosaurs stand in for the real-life reptiles that fed on the flora. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Food fundraiser: The Taste of Potrero celebration features fare from local restaurants and bars. Proceeds benefit Daniel Webster Elementary School. [6 to 10 p.m., Somarts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Mom’s the word: Twelve local writers take part in “Listen to Your Mother,” an evening of readings on the topic of motherhood. Ten percent of proceeds go to 826Valencia.org. [7 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Chamber music: The Earplay chamber music ensemble presents a concert of works by Morton Feldman, Richard Felciano, Joan Huang and Sven Daigger. [Talk at 6:45 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Credo: Sedanini alla Credo, a signature dish, is recommended today. Mezzi rigatoni, Calabrese sausage, pancetta, sage, cheese, and tomato are topped with pizza dough and oven-baked. [360 Pine St., S.F.; (415) 693-0360]

Literary events

David Talbot: The journalist talks about “Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror and Deliverance in the City of Love.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Walter Mosley: The novelist talks about “The Gift of Fire/On the Head of a Pin,” a double sci-fi book. [7 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St.. S.F.]

S.G. Browne: The novelist reads from “Lucky Bastard.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Chad Harbach: The debut novelist, below,  talks about “The Art of Fielding.” [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

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