San Francisco Salsa Festival, lectures and other events

Courtesy PhotoThe San Francisco Salsa Festival kicks off with a welcome party. Salsa dancing

Courtesy PhotoThe San Francisco Salsa Festival kicks off with a welcome party. Salsa dancing

San Francisco events for March 28, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Matt Kepnes, author of “How to Travel the World on $50 a Day” and creator of Nomadic Matt’s Travel Site, brings his book tour to San Francisco. [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]


  • Financial elder abuse: Speakers discuss the “rising tide of elder financial exploitation” and how such crime can be prevented. ?[5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, ?595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Better medicine: Health professionals explore how doctors can treat patients better and increase the quality of health care, especially as the Affordable Care Act comes into play. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Jacqueline Winspear: The novelist reads from “Leaving Everything Most Loved.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]
  • Cheryl Dumesnil: The poet, essayist and memoirist talks about “Love Song for Baby X.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]
  • Wendy Bertrand: The author and architect talks about “Enamored With Place.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]
  • Pascal Rigo: The owner of La Boulange talks about “Cafe Cooking at Home.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Honoring Chavez: Skyline College hosts its first Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Luncheon, honoring the life and work of the civil-rights leader and farmworker organizer. [11 a.m., 3300 College Drive, San Bruno; RSVP: (650) 738-4346]

At the public library

  • Book group: Bernal Book Club meets to discuss its March selection, “Lark and Termite” by Jayne Ann Philips. [4 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]
  • Lego club: Children can build structures with Lego toys during the monthly session for ages 5 to 12. Parents and caregivers are welcome. [4 p.m., Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, North Beach Branch, 661 Lombard St., S.F.]

Salsa dance fest

  • The San Francisco Salsa Festival kicks off with a welcome party. Salsa dancing, performances, competitions and workshops make up the three-day event. [8 p.m., Cafe Cocomo, 650 Indiana St., S.F.;]

Local activities

  • Hue shebang: The California Academy of Sciences hosts “Science of Color NightLife,” an evening exploring the perception and expression of color in both natural and artificial environments. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
  • Americana jam band: The roots- and Americana-based jam band Railroad Earth performs. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]
  • Songs with strings: Grammy-?winning singer-songwriter Matt Alber joins the Cello Street Quartet for an evening of music spanning nearly two centuries of song. [7:30 p.m., Swedish American Hall, 2174 Market St., S.F.]
  • Gracias Madre: The flautas are recommended. Previously containing sweet potato, the lightly fried flautas are now stuffed with plantains. They are topped with guacamole, pico de gallo and cashew crema. [2211 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 683-1346]


  • Michael Lavigne: The novelist discusses “The Wanting.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]


  • Documentary: “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at a Tijuana, Mexico-based newspaper as they ply their trade in a journalist-unfriendly place, screens. ?[7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]


  • Indie-pop: The Canadian band Royal Canoe — armed with falsettos, guitars, effects pedals, tambourines, shakers, drummers and a six-keyboard superweapon — plays on a bill with Fol Chen and Sands. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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