Randy Cohen, La Santa Cecilia and many more performing tonight

Courtesy PhotoLatin Grammy nominee La Santa Cecilia joins local favorites Candelaria and DJ Julicio to kick off the San Francisco Latino Film Festival with a cumbia-infused Latin alternative party.

Who’s in town

Randy Cohen, the New York Times Magazine’s original “ethicist,” explores what guides choices when people are faced with everyday moral decisions. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Peter Gleick: The Pacific Institute co-founder discusses the global water crisis and offers suggestions for moving to a more equitable and sustainable future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Black ‘exodus’: Scholars, historians and community leaders discuss San Francisco’s black out-migration. [5 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; details/RSVP: www.zacchochs.eventbrite.com]

Ken Dito: The longtime Bay Area sportscaster talks about baseball in San Francisco. [6:30 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; info/RSVP: (415) 673-2200 or www.museoitaloamericano.org]

Mural art: “Preserving San Francisco’s Murals” is the theme of a discussion presented by San Francisco Architectural Heritage. Speakers include muralist and educator Juana Alicia. [6 p.m., Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.]

Literary events

T. Geronimo Johnson: The local writer talks about “Hold It ‘Til It Hurts,” a novel. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Neil Giuliano: The former mayor of Tempe, Ariz., and former president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation talks about “The Campaign Within.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Jeffrey Fleishman: The journalist talks about “The Shadow Man,” his debut novel. [6 p.m., Book Passage,
1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Phil Cousineau: The local writer, filmmaker and teacher talks about “The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Baseball film: The program features a screening of “Not Exactly Cooperstown,” a documentary about the Baseball Reliquary, an institution offering an unorthodox look at the game. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Teen reviewers: The graphic-novel, comics and manga program invites teens to review new titles. [3:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Fiesta

Latin Grammy nominee La Santa Cecilia joins local favorites Candelaria and DJ Julicio to kick off the San Francisco Latino Film Festival with a cumbia-infused Latin alternative party. [8 p.m., The Blue Macaw, 2565 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Art auction: The Coalition on Homelessness presents its annual art auction and fundraiser. Art, food and drink, and performances are on the bill. [5:30 to 10 p.m., Somarts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Public art: The San Francisco Arts Commission launches a public awareness campaign for arts education with a ceremony unveiling its new artIMPACT poster series and a performance by Martin Luther McCoy. [6 to 8 p.m., Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St., S.F.]

Concert: The Wheeler Brothers, winners of a 2012 Austin Music Award for best new band, play to promote their new album, “Portraits.” [8 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]
Catch: California-style seafood and land-fare dishes featuring fresh ingredients and hints of Mediterranean influences are on chef Jeremias Guerra’s menu. [2362 Market St., S.F.; (415) 431-5000]

Film

Documentary: “Freedom House Street Saviors,” Gene Starzenski’s 2009 movie about a 1967 project in which 26 “unemployable” black men from inner-city Pittsburgh were trained to become the nation’s first paramedics, screens. [7:30 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Double bill: The “Remembering Ernest Borgnine” program includes screenings of “Bad Day at Black Rock” at 2:30 and 7 p.m. and “The Wild Bunch” at 4:10 and 8:35 p.m. [Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.]

Dance

Black history: Zaccho Dance Theatre presents “Sailing Away,” a public performance inspired by San Francisco’s early black settlers. [Noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.; starts at Powell and Market streets, S.F.; www.zaccho.org]

Music

Blues tunes: Ray Bonneville, a Canadian-born, Austin, Texas-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player known for his “loose, darkly funky vibe” appears in concert. [8 and 10 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

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