Catch preview of PBS documentary ‘The Storm That Swept Mexico’ at Yerba Buena Center

Mexico documentary: Hispanics in Philanthropy hosts a preview screening of the PBS documentary “The Storm That Swept Mexico

Mexico documentary: Hispanics in Philanthropy hosts a preview screening of the PBS documentary “The Storm That Swept Mexico

Who’s in town

Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent for the Washington Post, gives a talk titled “Pakistan: A Divided Nation.” [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]


Joshua Goldstein: The author of books on war and international relations gives a talk titled “Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide.” [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Pascal Lee: The planetary scientist from NASA Ames Research Center discusses how the Haughton-Mars Project is helping pave the way toward the first human mission to Mars. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

M.T. Silvia: The filmmaker previews “Atomic Mom,” her documentary about her mother’s experiences as a 1950s Atomic Testing Program worker turned whistle-blower. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Neal Stephenson: The novelist (“Reamde”) discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]

Julie Salamon: The bestselling author and New York Times critic discusses the life of playwright Wendy Wasserstein. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Alex Shakar:
The novelist talks about “Luminarium.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Steven J. Ross: The author and film scholar discusses “Hollywood Left and Right.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 357-1848, ext. 229, or]

At the colleges

Love songs: The Chanticleer men’s chorus presents “Love Story,” a concert of seductive songs inspired by the emotion of love. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Bay Area Beauty’: Jacquie Proctor discusses the architecture of Harold G. Stoner and shows slides from her book. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz master: Saxophonist, composer and NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis performs at Yoshi’s. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Mexico documentary: Hispanics in Philanthropy hosts a preview screening of the PBS documentary “The Storm That Swept Mexico,” followed by a filmmaker Q&A. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Autograph signing: Julianne Hough and Kenny Wormald, stars of the upcoming movie remake “Footloose,” greet fans. [4 to 5:30 p.m., Hillsdale Shopping Center, Macy’s Center Court,  60 31st Ave., San Mateo]

Dining out

Daffodil Restaurant: Chef Garret Martindale creates seasonal and locally inspired fare, and the salmon is recommended today. The locally caught salmon is served with roasted fennel, brussels sprouts, bacon, and smoked tomato sauce. Also highlighted are the Kobe burger, which is served with pomme frites, and the carnaroli risotto, a meatless entree. [665 Bush St., S.F.; (415) 343-0130]

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