Abel Ferrara’s ‘4:44 Last Day on Earth’ opens IndieFest 2012 

click to enlarge The end times: IndieFest 2012, this year’s San Francisco Independent Film Festival, gets rolling. Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” is the opening night feature. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The end times: IndieFest 2012, this year’s San Francisco Independent Film Festival, gets rolling. Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” is the opening night feature.

Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Hiring, Google style:
“How to Hire Like Google: Bagging and Becoming the Rare Find” is the theme of a talk with Google’s Laszlo Bock and author George Anders (“The Rare Find”). [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Black History Month: “Female Leadership in the Civil Rights Struggle” is the theme of a public meeting and Black History Month celebration hosted by Radical Women. [7 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.]

Italian culture:
The Italian Cultural Institute hosts “Bridges to Genova: New and Old,” a discussion about cultural and culinary traditions in Genova and immigration ties between Genova and the Bay Area. [6:30 p.m., 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Asian art: Curator Michael Knight gives a talk on the art of the Yongle (“Eternal Happiness”) reign of China’s Ming dynasty. [6:30 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Krys Lee:
The South Korea-born writer presents “Drifting House,” her fiction debut. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lyn Hejinian: The poet reads from “The Book of a Thousand Eyes.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi: The editors of “Love, Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” joined by Leila Khan and Zahra Noorbakhsh, discuss the book. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Anne O. Fischer: The translator discusses “The Twelve Chairs” by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Pretrov. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chamber music master:
Roberto Diaz, principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music, appears in recital. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Black History Month:
The library celebrates with a performance by singer-dancer-storyteller Yolanda Rhodes. [5 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., S.F.]

Hip-hop: “Something Like a Phenomenon: Hip-Hop as an Agent for Positive Change” is the theme of a program featuring a panel talk and a screening of “Rize.” [2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local Activities

The end times:
IndieFest 2012, this year’s San Francisco Independent Film Festival, gets rolling. Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” is the opening night feature. [7:15 p.m. onward, Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.; www.sfindie.com]

Valentine’s Day party: “Cupid’s Back,” the sixth annual bash benefiting the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society, is hosted by Mark Rhoades and features guest DJ Juanita More. [8 p.m., Supperclub, 657 Harrison St., S.F.]

Wine walk: The Union Street Association hosts “Union Street Has a Crush on You,” a valentine wine walk. Merchants offer wine samples, finger foods and treats. [4 to 8 p.m., Union Street between Gough and Steiner streets and thereabouts, S.F.]

Gitane: Chef Bridget Batson creates dishes inspired by the cuisine of Spain, Portugal, southern France and Morocco. Today, she recommends the braised lamb cheeks with pomegranate and quince, served over fingerling potatoes and wild mushrooms. [6 Claude Lane, S.F. (415) 788-6686]

Music and more

Alt rock:
Young the Giant headines a show at the Fillmore; Walk the Moon is the opening band. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Classical pianist: Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes appears in recital, performing works by Chopin and Debussy. San Francisco Performances presents the evening. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Gangster drama: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, “ John Cassavetes’ 1976 examination of desperation and masculine identity starring Ben Gazzara, screens. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screening room, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Kate Patterson, a spokeswoman for the Arts Commission, said it won’t be known if $250,000 will be enough to fix the murals until a conservator completes a report on how to go about restoration.

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