Italian Cultural Institute hosts Schneeman exhibit

Who’s in town

Jean-Jacques Hublin, professor and director at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, gives a talk titled “Neanderthals Deciphered” at the California Academy of Sciences. [7 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]


‘Haiti: One Year Later’: Speakers offer their perspectives into how Haiti has fared in the 12 months since the earthquake. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

William Davidow: The author of “Overconnected” discusses how the success of the Internet has created a set of hazards with dire consequences. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Maya Benton: The art historian discusses the photography of Roman Vishniac, known for pre-Holocaust images of Eastern European Jewish culture. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Philip K. Howard: The Common Good founder champions legal and political reform and discusses how to fix broken systems. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, S.F.]

Net neutrality: “Will the new FCC Net neutrality rules ruin the Internet as we know it?” is the question addressed at tonight’s SFDebate session. [7 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Anand Giridharadas: The New York Times columnist talks about “India Calling.” [Noon, Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills; 6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Monthly ‘Tales’: Book group holds its monthly discussion of Armistead Maupin’s “Tales of the City,” in celebration of the upcoming A.C.T. play. [7 p.m., Borders, 400 Post St., S.F.]

Suzy Gershman and Sarah Lahey:
The shopping mavens talk about “Born to Shop California Wine Country,” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the public library

‘San Francisco Bites’: Local food bloggers talk about healthy eating, wine and food, San Francisco neighborhoods, and foraging in and around them. [5:45 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Monkey business:
Curious George is the theme of a read-aloud and crafts session for children ages 3 to 10. [3:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

French music: The Ariel String Quartet performs works by Ravel and de Beriot. The event is part of Noontime Concerts’ French Music Festival. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Piano recital: China-born pianist Lang Lang appears in recital, playing music by Beethoven, Albeniz and Prokofiev. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Art opening: Reception celebrates “George Schneeman in Italy,” an exhibit of paintings and poem pictures of the Tuscan landscape by Schneeman. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 788-7142, ext. 18]

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