February 18: Noah Gundersen and other SF events

Who’s in town

Laura Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, discusses the human life span and her efforts to find innovative ways to use science and technology to improve well-being for people of all ages. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Gary Haugen: The human rights advocate and president and CEO of the International Justice Mission discusses “why the end of poverty requires the end of violence.” [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao: The Stanford professors and co-authors of “Scaling Up Excellence” discuss how a business team can expand without compromising quality. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Peter Mountford: The fiction writer and essayist, in conversation with Peter Orner, discusses his novel “The Dismal Science.”[7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Two authors: Edmund White (“Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris,” a memoir) and Michael Carroll (“Little Reef and Other Stories”) read from their work. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Liza Monroy: The novelist and essayist discusses her memoir “The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America, and What It Taught Us About Love.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Rachel Louise Snyder: The writer, radio commentator and creative-writing professor discusses her debut novel, “What We’ve Lost Is Nothing.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Music master class: Cellist Alisa Weilerstein conducts a master class. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Art talk: Multimedia artist Dario Robleto discusses his work, including his research around the “Golden Record,” a phonograph record carried by the Voyager I space probe. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the library

Hilton Als: The culture critic for the New Yorker discusses his new book, “White Girls.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Film program: “The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend,” a documentary about a group of African-American quilting women from Alabama’s Black Belt region, is the featured film. [7 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Around town

Singer-songwriter: Folk, rock and country singer-songwriter Noah Gundersen performs a concert in support of his debut solo album, “Ledges.” [8 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Midday music: Brian Thorsett (tenor), Adam Cockerham (lute), Danielle Reutter-Hannah (mezzo-soprano) and Natalie Carducci (violin) perform music by Monteverdi and others. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Art documentary: “Tim’s Vermeer,” a documentary exploring how 17th-century Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer may have painted is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 352-0835]

Comedy show: Comedian Bradley Lum, creator and voice of the comical Asian rap star “Tai Mai Shu,” presents “The Tai Mai Shu Show.” [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.] Palio d’Asti: The roasted rabbit is highlighted today. The dish contains boneless rabbit, fennel sausage, herbs, citrus, lentils and braised fennel. He also recommends the lasagna with wild boar. [640 Sacramento St., S.F.; (415) 395-9800]

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