Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart’ plays the American Conservatory Theater 

click to enlarge Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about a group of friends who won’t let the truth about an epidemic ravaging the gay community be buried. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Opening night: American Conservatory Theater presents “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about a group of friends who won’t let the truth about an epidemic ravaging the gay community be buried.

Who’s in town

Comedian and actor Dov Davidoff, seen on E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately” and NBC’s “Raines,” kicks off a string of comedy shows at the Punch Line. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lectures

Richard Schmierer:
The U.S. Department of State deputy assistant secretary for public diplomacy discusses the situation in Syria and U.S. policy on Syria. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Consul General Luncheon Series: Gao Zhansheng, China’s consul general in San Francisco, discusses China’s economic rise and the implications for U.S.-China relations. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

State economy: A high-level panel looks at California’s economy and assesses prospects for recovery. Speakers include John Chiang, state controller. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

“Are We Alone?”: Scientists Dan Werthimer, an extraterrestrial-life seeker, and Geoff Marcy, a planet hunter and skeptic, debate whether life exists elsewhere in the galaxy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Paul Auster:
The poet, translator, editor, author, screenwriter and director appears in conversation with Daniel Handler. “Winter Journal,” a memoir, is his latest book. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Martin Amis: The British novelist, whose latest book is “Lionel Asbo,” appears in conversation with Barbara Lane. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Artist talk:
Collage, video, installation and performance artist Rashaad Newsome discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Disaster readiness:
The program covers key actions that prepare people for disasters such as earthquakes and fires. [6:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Women in art: The program spotlights “Five Fabulous Women Artists of the 1800s” — Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Marie Bracquemond, Eva Gonzales and Camille Claudel. [7 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Local activities

Opening night:
American Conservatory Theater presents “The Normal Heart,” Larry Kramer’s 1985 play about a group of friends who won’t let the truth about an epidemic ravaging the gay community be buried. [8 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

South Asian cinema: The 2012 3rd i South Asian Film Festival begins. The documentary “The Island President” is the opening-night feature. Director Jon Shenk is scheduled to attend. [7:15 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Rock giants: Crosby, Stills and Nash perform at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Book sale: The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library’s 2012 Big Book Sale, a five-day event, begins. Books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape and other media are for sale, for $3 or less. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Symphony gala: The San Francisco Symphony’s black-tie opening gala features Michael Tilson Thomas conducting, guest violinist Joshua Bell and a big post-concert party. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Citizen’s Band:
The braised Meyer Ranch short rib is recommended today. It is served with twice-baked potato, cipollini onion, smoked bacon, Marin Roots Farm summer chard and natural jus. [1198 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 556-4901]

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