June 12: The Tenors' operatic pop and other S.F. events

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Who's in town

Carlos Alzugaray Treto, Cuba's former ambassador to the European Union discusses the Cuban economy and U.S.-Cuba relations. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


Vitamin D: The two-part program looks at the role played by vitamin D in reducing the risks for autism and breast cancer. [Noon (autism) and 1:30 p.m. (breast cancer), Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Gary Roughead: The Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution discusses how the opening of the Arctic will affect energy development and national security. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Presidio open space: Park staff members discuss open-space enhancement projects taking place in the Presidio of San Francisco through summer 2014. [7 p.m., Presidio Trust headquarters, 103 Montgomery St., Presidio of S.F.]

Literary events

Helene Wecker: The debut novelist talks about “The Golem and the Jinni.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler's Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Andrea Pitzer: The journalist talks about “The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

David Margolick: The journalist presents “Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns.” [8 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art exhibit: “Manet and the Graphic Arts in France, 1860-1880” opens. Manet's 1871 lithograph “Civil War” is the exhibition's centerpiece artwork. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Opera lecture: The San Francisco Opera Guild presents a musicologist lecture previewing the opera's production of Mark Adamo's “Gospel of Mary Magdalene.” [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Harbor porpoises: Bill Keener, co-founder of Golden Gate Cetacean Research, discusses the return of the harbor porpoises to San Francisco Bay. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Operatic pop

The Tenors, a platinum-selling quartet from Canada, perform “Lead With Your Heart,” a concert of operatic pop music, to promote their PBS television special. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz trio: The Stefano Bollani Trio performs at the SFJAZZ Center. Jazz pianist Bollani, a national celebrity in his homeland, Italy, is known for his inventive improvisations and elegant concision. [8 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

National Queer Arts Festival: Dancer Cristina Mitra and writer Natalia Vigil appear in “Still Here,” a program featuring LGBT artists who grew up in San Francisco in the 1980s and 1990s. [8 p.m., the Garage, 715 Bryant St., S.F.]

Photography exhibit: Robert Tat Gallery presents “Summer Showings,” an exhibit of photography by Alyson Belcher, William Heick, Rebecca Martinez, Gerald Ratto and Margaretta Mitchell. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., S.F.]

Bisou Bistro: Chef Nick Ronan creates French cuisine, and he recommends the California white sea bass. It is served with a summer black-truffle cauliflower veloute, king-trumpet mushroom, maitake mushroom and onion glaze. Additional menu highlights include seared day-boat scallops; Snake River Farm New York steak with three sauces; and duck-leg confit. [2367 Market St., S.F.; (415) 556-6200]

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