David Lang, other composers featured in 'Zone 2' musical performance

Composer David Lang's work is featured in the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players' “Zone 2." (Courtesy photo)Composer David Lang's work is featured in the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players' “Zone 2." (Courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Tebelelo Mazile Seretse: Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the United States, discusses her nation’s notable democratic, economic and social accomplishments, and explores the basis for Botswana’s successful governance. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Ian Morris: The archaeologist and professor speaks at this month’s “Monday Night Philosophy” session. “Why the West Rules for Now” is his theme. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robert Lustig: The UCSF neoendocrinologist explores the damage caused by sugary foods. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its November discussion. “Dissecting Occupy Wall Street” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Sarah Ladipo Manyika: The fiction writer, who was raised in Africa and currently lectures at San Francisco State University, discusses “In Dependence.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Left coast writers: Anne Sigmon, author of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness,” speaks. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

 

At the colleges

Liam Young: The London-based architect, designer, independent urbanist and futurist speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Environmental film: Program features a screening of “Bag It,” a documentary about plastic bags and the effect of plastics on our waterways, oceans and bodies. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Contemporary music: The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present “Zone 2,” a program of five unconducted works. Featured composers include David Lang. [7:15 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Words and music: Authors and poets Amiri Baraka and Ishmael Reed and musician Roscoe Mitchell headline an evening benefiting the Before Columbus Foundation. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy presents “Comedy Returns to El Rio.” Diane Amos, Loren Kraut, Mike Spiegelman, Paco Romane and Lisa Geduldig supply the humor this month. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St. S.F.]

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