Courtesy photoFringe benefits: The 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival

The 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival begins with ‘The Good, The Bad and The Stupid’

Who’s in town

Seyed Mousavian, formerly of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and author of “The Iranian Nuclear Crisis,” speaks. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Tony Haymet: The Scripps Institution of Oceanography director describes how the business world has partnered with oceanographers to address major sea-related questions. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tim O’Reilly: The founder of O’Reilly Media Inc. talks about emerging technology trends and how he believes they will influence social evolution. Long Now presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Kip Cranna: The San Francisco Opera’s director of musical administration provides an insider’s view of the opera company and presents a preview of coming attractions. [1 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jane Hodges: The business and personal-finance writer discusses “Rent vs. Own: A Real Estate Reality Check for Navigating Booms, Busts, and Bad Advice.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Rayme Waters: The debut novelist discusses “The Angel’s Share.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

‘Litquake Out Loud’: Slam and spoken-word poets Denise Jolly, Lisa Evans, Joshua Merchant, sam sax and Cameron Awkward-Rich read from their work. [12:30 p.m., Union Square, 333 Post St., S.F.]

Book group: The San Francisco Travel Book Club discusses “The Lunatic Express, by Carl Hoffman.” [6 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Nursing program: USF School of Nursing hosts an information meeting for students seeking to transfer from a junior college or four-year university. [4 p.m., Lone Mountain campus, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.; go to Room 203, then to Room 216]

At the public library

Book group: The Sunset Book Group discusses “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Fringe benefits: The 2012 San Francisco Fringe Festival, a celebration of independent and risk-taking theater, begins. Today’s shows include “The Good, The Bad and The Stupid” featuring Pi: The Physical Comedy Troupe at 10:30 p.m. at Exit Theatre, 156 Eddy St., S.F. [7 p.m. onward, several S.F. sites; www.sffringe.org]

Symphony opener:
The San Francisco Symphony opens its 101st season, joined by guest conductor Semyon Bychkov and violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Featured composers include Bruch. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Argentine tango:
Trio Garufa appears in an event including live music, a beginner dance workshop, a dance performance and food and wine. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Blood drive: The American Red Cross holds a blood drive. Call (800) 733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: FORTMASON) for an appointment. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Dining out

Zero Zero: Named after a flour from Naples, the restaurant serves pizzas, pasta, salads and starter dishes. Chef-pizzaiolo Bruce Hill’s pizzas include varieties named after San Francisco streets. [826 Folsom St., S.F.; (415) 348-8800]

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