Feb. 17: Mardi Gras festivities, architecture and more

Who’s in town

Dick Cavett discusses his long-running talk show, “The Dick Cavett Show,” and his recent book “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.” [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Global warming: Harvard climate expert David Keith shares his game-changing strategy for fighting global warming in a presentation by the Long Now Foundation, which encourages long-term thinking. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Personal encore: Opera star Deborah Voigt shares stories about her craft and her personal demons in the new memoir “Call Me Debbie.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Open-mic night: Musician and songwriter Kendra McKinley headlines the first in a series of open-mic nights. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Berkeley story: T. Geronimo Johnson’s new novel “Welcome to Braggsville” is a coming-of-age tale about four UC Berkeley students. [7 p.m., City Lights, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Poetry slam: Budding poets put a hip-hop twist on their prose. [5 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Book club birthday: The Bernal Book Club marks its 21st birthday with author Elin Elinson, refreshments and more. [6 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Opera explainer session: The “Opera For the People” series examines Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte.” [7 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Hong Kong today: Filmmaker Matthew Torne appears at a screening of his documentary about Hong Kong democracy protests, “Lessons in Dissent.” [7 p.m., William R. Hewlett Teaching Center, Stanford University, 370 Serra Mall, Stanford]

Architecture ideas: Famed architect Eva Franch i Gilabert, executive director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, is known for creating connections between urban architecture and modern communities. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Local activities

Samba Tuesday: Samba dancers and drummers celebrate Mardi Gras with music groups Loco Bloco, Bahiya Movement and the San Francisco State University Afro-Cuban Ensemble. [6 p.m., Balancoire, 2565 Mission St., S.F.; www.carnavalsanfrancisco.org]

Ska night: Less Than Jake headlines a night of retro ska-punk that also includes Reel Big Fish and Authority Zero. [7:30 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Movie mockery: Comedians ridicule the massive 2012 flop “Foodfight!,” which starred corporate mascots in an animated snoozefest. [8 p.m., Lost Weekend Video, 1034 Valencia St., S.F.]

Mardi Gras music: Jazz Mafia, Brass Band Mission and the Stanford Marching Band celebrate Mardi Gras with authentic New Orleans food provided by Cajun Pacific. [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

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