June 24: 'A Hijacking' and more S.F. events

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Who's in town

Kabul-born best-selling author Khaled Hosseini, whose books include “The Kite Runner,” discusses his new novel, “And the Mountains Echoed.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


Brian Michael Jenkins: The expert on terrorism and transportation security discusses what the government and people can do to keep our country safe. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Anita Raghavan: The author of “The Billionaire's Apprentice” discusses the rise of Indian emigres through the ranks of influential U.S. companies. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Luis Vidal: The architect presents his airport terminal projects as case studies of his design philosophy and reflects on energy needs and world population. [5:30 p.m., American Institute of Architects, 130 Sutter St., S.F.; RSVP: www.aiasf.org]

Literary events

April Peveteaux: The editor, cook and blogger discusses “Gluten Is My Bitch.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Book group: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club discusses “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time,” by Mark Adams. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Emily Brady: The journalist discusses “Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

String quartet: The St. Lawrence String Quartet, joined by guest pianists, presents the first concert in a series of free noontime programs. [Noon, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford University, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford]

At the public library

Animated classic: Program features a screening of Walt Disney's “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937). [6:30 p.m., West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, S.F.]

Improve your memory: Techniques for improving memory are demonstrated in this wellness presentation designed for the 50-and-up generation. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Danish film

“A Hijacking,” a Danish drama centering on the drawn-out negotiations that occur over the fate of a cargo-ship crew captured by pirates, is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 352-0835]

Local activities

Art show: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell artwork, presents “Introductions,” an exhibit of work by four young studio artists. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Bluegrass band: The Earl Brothers, a bluegrass band, perform a show in support of their fifth CD, “Outlaw Hillbilly.” [9 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Memorial for singer: The San Francisco Opera hosts a public memorial celebrating the life of locally based mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao, who died in February. [3 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

In bloom: Vaccinium ovatum (California huckleberry), a plant that produces urn-shaped pale pink flowers at this time of year, is in bloom at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. [9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Fior d'Italia: Chef Gianni Audieri cooks authentic Italian cuisine at this restaurant in upper North Beach, and he is currently featuring an out-of-the-ordinary risotto dish. Ingredients include Italian rice, wild mushrooms and a special ingredient — black truffles. [2237 Mason St., S.F.; (415) 986-1886]

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