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Cello star: Yo-Yo Ma joins the San Francisco Symphony for a performance of Hindemith’s Cello Concerto

Who’s in town

Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources, speaks at the World Affairs Council. The discussion is scheduled to involve Canada’s energy resources and the importance of the U.S.-Canada energy relationship. [6 p.m., 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Carbon issues: The two-part program looks at a lawsuit claiming that the federal government hasn’t protected the atmosphere (10 a.m.), and at legal wrangling over cap and trade. (11:30 a.m.). [Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Piotr D. Moncarz: The chairman of the U.S.-Polish Trade Council presents a global economic perspective on the European Union’s dream of clean, efficient and renewable energy. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robert F. Willard: The U.S. Navy admiral and commander of the U.S. Pacific Command discusses the security landscape of the vast and diverse Asia-Pacific region. [Noon, Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ben Fong-Torres: The music journalist discusses the expanded and updated edition of “The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese American From Number Two Son to Rock ’n’ Roll.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

William Carter: The photographer talks about “Causes and Spirits: Photographs From Five Decades.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Farmers market: Wednesday marketplace features fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, first-floor plaza, 2155 Webster St., S.F.]

At the public library

Living with heart failure: The talk focuses on the causes of heart failure, its treatments and the ways in which lifestyle changes can be beneficial. [7 p.m., Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City]

Local activities

Outdoor theater: The San Francisco Mime Troupe presents its 2011 summer park show, “2012 — The Musical,” a musical satire about corporate arts funding. [7 p.m., Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Cello star: Yo-Yo Ma joins the San Francisco Symphony for a performance of Hindemith’s Cello Concerto, a pairing of orchestral and solo virtuosity. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Gracias Madre: Chef Carmen Vasquez creates organic, vegan Mexican fare, and the enchiladas are recommended today. Spicy mole enchiladas are topped with mushrooms and cashew cheese and served with sauteed greens and beans. Also look for the quesadillas de camote. Sweet potato and caramelized onions are folded into tortillas with cashew nacho cheese and pumpkin-seed salsa. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]

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