The United Nations Film Festival presents films about human rights 

click to enlarge Human-rights cinema: The United Nations Film Festival presents a night of films about human rights, social issues and the environment at the Balboa Theater. Films include “Forerunners” from South Africa at 8:10 p.m. (Courtesy photo) - HUMAN-RIGHTS CINEMA: THE UNITED NATIONS FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS A NIGHT OF FILMS ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS, SOCIAL ISSUES AND THE ENVIRONMENT AT THE BALBOA THEATER. FILMS INCLUDE “FORERUNNERS” FROM SOUTH AFRICA AT 8:10 P.M. (COURTESY PHOTO)
  • Human-rights cinema: The United Nations Film Festival presents a night of films about human rights, social issues and the environment at the Balboa Theater. Films include “Forerunners” from South Africa at 8:10 p.m. (Courtesy photo)
  • Human-rights cinema: The United Nations Film Festival presents a night of films about human rights, social issues and the environment at the Balboa Theater. Films include “Forerunners” from South Africa at 8:10 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Paula Wolfert
, the author of “The Food of Morocco” and an expert on Mediterranean cuisine, appears in conversation. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Ioan Grillo:
The reporter for Time magazine discusses Mexico’s drug cartels, how they have transformed in the past decade and how deep U.S. involvement really goes. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jeff Merkley: The U.S. senator from Oregon discusses what Congress could do to promote electric cars and spur development of biofuels from forests and agricultural lands. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Laurence Tribe and Roger Pilon: The legal experts examine whether Obama’s health care reform plan is constitutional. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ocean Beach: Project manager Benjamin Grant and members of the Ocean Beach Master Plan team discuss a draft proposal for the future of The City’s open coast. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Yiyun Li:
The fiction writer talks about “Gold Boy, Emerald Girl.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Justin Chin: The San Francisco-based writer reads from “98 Wounds,” a series of stories. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Simon Sebag Montefiore: The British historian talks about “Jerusalem: The Biography.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Peter Reinhart: The author and bread baker talks about “American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Octubafest’:
The program features music performed on the tuba and other horns. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Astronomy talk:
Alex Filippenko, professor of astronomy at UC Berkeley, gives a talk titled “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe.” [6:15 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Human-rights cinema:
The United Nations Film Festival presents a night of films about human rights, social issues and the environment. Films include “Forerunners” from South Africa at 8:10 p.m. [5:30 p.m. onward, Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

German musician: Hans-Joachim Roedelius, an electronic and experimental musician from Germany, performs at Cafe Du Nord. [8:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Book-arts exhibit: The San Francisco Center for the Book presents its 15th-anniversary exhibition, “Celebrating 15 Years of Building Book Arts Community.” [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., SFCB, 300 De Haro St., S.F.]

Entrepreneurship fest: The nonprofit group C.E.O. Women — working to support low-income immigrant women entrepreneurs — presents its second annual Global Marketplace festival and fundraiser. [5:45 p.m., Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Dining out

Postrio:
Wednesday Night Pizza Parties have been introduced at the restaurant, and chef Michael Reining’s special menu contains items that cost less than $10. [545 Post St., S.F.; (415) 776-7825]

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