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Modern protest music: Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” (Courtesy photo)
Modern protest music: Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” (Courtesy photo)
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Who’s in town

Ole Bouman, director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, is scheduled to provide introductory remarks at the opening reception for the Architecture and the City Festival’s 2011 exhibition, “Architecture of Consequence: San Francisco.” [6 p.m., American Institute of Architects San Francisco, 130 Sutter St., Suite 600, S.F.; RSVP: www.aiasf.org]

Lectures

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Navi Radjou: The former executive director of the Centre for India and Global Business, University of Cambridge, discusses India’s rise as an innovation superpower. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Contemporary photography: Contemporary photographers discuss current developments in the photography scene. RayKo Gallery director Ann Jastrab moderates the event. [6 p.m., a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama St., S.F.]

John Santos: The Latin-jazz artist and ethnomusicologist presents this week’s lecture in his series exploring the history and relevance of Cuban Son music and dance. [7 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz: The owners of Mission Street Food talk about “Mission Street Food: Recipes and Ideas From an Improbable Restaurant.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Annamarie Pluhar: The group-dynamics facilitator and trainer discusses “Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book group:
The Classics I Forgot to Read book club discuses “Death in Venice,” by Thomas Mann. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Lisa Blaydes: The Stanford University professor gives a lecture titled “What Do Free Elections Mean for Women in the Muslim World?” [Noon, Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Lab, 2575 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]

Lifelong learning: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute hosts an open house highlighting its learning opportunities for adults 50 and older. [3 to 5 p.m., SFSU, Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

Opera lecture: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a lecture on “Turandot” by Puccini. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jazz ensemble: The Bernal Jazz Quintet performs. [6:30 p.m., 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Modern protest music: Ry Cooder plays the first of two Bay Area headlining shows to promote his acclaimed new album “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

West African music: Baba Ken Okulolo and the Nigerian Brothers perform at Yoshi’s. The West African Highlife Band shares the double bill of West African music and stories. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Rock band: The rock, roots and R&B band Moonalice performs in Union Square. [6 to 8 p.m. Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Actor salute: “Cary Grant: Definitive Star,” a weeklong film tribute to the actor, begins with a double bill of “The Philadelphia Story” (2:50 and 7 p.m.) and “Holiday” (5 and 9:05 p.m.). [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Gangster flick: “Scarface,” the 1983 gangster film starring Al Pacino and directed by Brian De Palma, screens in theaters as part of a celebration of its upcoming Blu-ray release. [7:30 p.m., several Bay Area venues; www.fathomevents.com]

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