August 13: Jonas Brothers and other S.F. events

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Who's in town

Psychologist Daniel Kahneman, author of “Thinking Fast and Slow” and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in “prospect theory,” speaks in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; event is sold out; rush tickets may become available; www.longnow.org]

Lectures

Kobie Boykins: The NASA engineer discusses the exploration of Mars and the challenges and triumphs of the rover missions. National Geographic presents the talk. [7 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2215 Broadway, Redwood City]

Camille Seaman: The photographer discusses her travels to the polar regions, the fragile environments she has documented, and what one person can do to help save the planet. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Political book talk: The Politically Inspired Book Club discusses “Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of the Economy,” by Ted Nace. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Middle-reader group: The Book Busters Middle Reader Book Club, for ages 12 and up, discusses “Indiana Jones and the Dinosaur Eggs,” by Max McCoy. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Art criticism: The San Francisco Art Institute's Art Criticism Conference begins. Today's public events include a staged reading of Oscar Wilde's “The Critic As Artist.” [7:30 p.m., SFAI, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Late bloomers: Author Francine Toder discusses her new book, “The Vintage Years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty.” [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Computer class: The session covers the computer basics, including setting up an email account, using a word processor and exploring the Internet. [1:15 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Brother act

The Jonas Brothers perform at the America's Cup Pavilion. “V” is the latest pop-rock album by the musical siblings. [7 p.m., between Piers 27 and 29, S.F.]

Local activities

Two artists: Museo ItaloAmericano presents “Ageless,” an exhibit of abstract paintings by Elena Civoli Brittain and stone sculptures by Nola Pardi Proll. [Noon to 4 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Midday music: Pianist William Corbett-Jones performs a Piano Month program featuring works by Mozart, Liszt, Chopin and Ernst Bloch. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary's Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Exit laughing: “Boomeraging: From LSD to OMG,” comedian Will Durst's solo performance about the aging baby-boomer generation, has been extended at the Marsh through Sept. 3. [8 p.m., 1062 Valencia St., S.F.]

Radio daze: Comedian Drennon Davis, joined by Nick Stargu (DJ Real) and special guests, presents “The Imaginary Radio Program,” a show of live-looped songs and sketch comedy. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Music and dance: “Summer of Art” at United Nations Plaza presents its season finale — two hours of music and dance. Featured artists include the Lines Ballet summer choreography program. [Noon, 1150 Market St., S.F.]

Independent arts: Chicago-based artist-curator Jesse Malmed presents a night of moving-image and performance work. [8 p.m., Artists' Television Access, 992 Valencia St., S.F.]

M.Y. China: Chef Tony Wu cooks authentic modern-day Chinese food. The wild-boar scissor-cut noodles are recommended today. Hand-cut in the exhibition kitchen, the noodles are served with wood-ear mushrooms, scallions and Shaoxing wine. Also look for the spicy seafood dumplings with scallops and shrimp in a spinach wrapper, a highlight among the dim-sum selections. [845 Market St., S.F.; (415) 580-3001]

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