The San Francisco Opera presents Bizet’s ‘Carmen’

The San Francisco Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen.” Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili appears in the title role of the bold femme fatale. (Courtesy photo)The San Francisco Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen.” Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili appears in the title role of the bold femme fatale. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Novelist, essayist and screenwriter <b>Joan Didion appears in a sold-out conversation at Herbst Theatre, presented by City Arts and Lectures.

Lectures

John Renesch: The global futurist and founder of Renesch Advisory Services discusses a new type of leader and our responsibility to bring about drastic changes in society. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Rachel Havrelock: The writer and professor gives a talk titled “The History of the Map of Israel.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Library, 1835 Ellis St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ben Ehrenreich: The novelist celebrates the release of “Ether.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Sean Burns: The writer, teacher and musician talks about “Archie Green: The Making of a Working-Class Hero.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Evelyn Hively: The author and academic, joined by Thomas Benet, discusses “Darling Ro and the Benet Women.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Patricia Wells:
The cookbook author talks about “Simply Truffles: Recipes and Stories that Capture the Essence of the Black Diamond.” [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

Book release: Writers Michelle Murphy, Brixton Key and Keely Hyslop celebrate the release of Hyslop’s new poetry book, “Things I Say to Pirates on Nights When I Miss You.” [7 p.m., Li Po Cocktail Lounge, 916 Grant Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Music master class: Cellist Norman Fischer conducts a master class featuring student performances from the chamber music repertoire. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 503-6275]

Book discussion: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is discussed. [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opera production: The San Francisco Opera presents Bizet’s “Carmen.” Mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili appears in the title role of the bold femme fatale. [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Midday music: Patricia and Vera Purcell (piano, four hands) perform music by Saint-Saens, Schubert, and George Gershwin. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Film fundraiser: “The Movement,” a documentary about skiing and overcoming tremendous obstacles, screens at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The evening benefits adaptive-sports groups. [7 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Dining out

Presidio Social Club: Chef Ray Tang’s menu includes three-course weeknight suppers ($25), and prime rib is the entrée on Tuesdays. [Building 563, Ruger Street, Presidio of San Francisco, (415) 885-1888]

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