Get down with a Clarinet Thing

| January 19, 2011


Deborah Treisman
, the fiction editor for New Yorker magazine, visits City Lights Bookstore to celebrate the release of “20 Under 40,” a collection of stories from the publication. Readings by Chris Adrian, Daniel Alarcon and Yiyun Li round out the evening. [7 p.m., 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]


Parag Khanna:
The Global Governance Initiative director shares his view of how a coalition of business executives, philanthropists, technocrats and others can lead to a modern renaissance. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Abbas Milani: Stanford University’s director of Iranian studies gives a talk titled “The Shah, the Ayatollah, and Iran’s Nuclear Program: Double Talk or Double Standards?” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Environmental justice: Speakers tell stories of the plights and fights of communities that live next to heavily polluting industrial sites. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Innovation decline:
Speakers discuss what must be done to reverse the nation’s decline in the arenas of innovation and leadership. [6:30 p.m., Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park]


Amy Chua:
The best-selling author and Yale Law School professor reads from “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” her controversial new memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Linda Frank:
The novelist presents “After the Auction.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]


Baroque master class:
Countertenor David Daniels works with vocal students, with a focus on baroque masterworks. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Huang Weikai:
The filmmaker presents “Disorder,” his 2009 found-footage documentary. [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University]


Ancient Celt music:
The Triskela Harp Trio presents a midwinter program of music, poetry and lore. [6 to 8 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Library Card Club: The session for ages 50 and up offers the opportunity to play card games, Scrabble and chess. [3 to 4:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]


At the rep house:
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Blake Edwards’ 1961 comedic film loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella, screens at the Red Vic Movie House. Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly. [2, 7 and 9:25 p.m., 1727 Haight St., S.F.]

Transit history: Writer and historian Chris Carlsson talks about the modes of travel used by San Franciscans through the centuries, from stagecoaches to clipper ships to cable cars and beyond. [7:30 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Uncommon jazz:
Clarinet Thing — virtuosic clarinetists Sheldon Brown, Beth Custer, Ben Goldberg and Harvey Wainapel — performs a salon concert. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Volunteers wanted:
The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program seeks participants to grow and care for native plants at the Presidio Native Plant Nursery. [1 to 4 p.m., details/RSVP:]


Grand Cafe:
Chef Sophiane Benaouda’s highlighted dishes include flammenkuche d’Alsace, a flat bread cooked in a wood-fired oven and topped with goat-cheese cream and toasted walnuts. Lavender honey and seasonal fruit (currently Fuyu persimmons) complete the dish. Also recommended today is the ravioli with ricotta and seasonal mushrooms. [501 Geary St., S.F., (415) 292-0101]