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May 28: Rick Barton on Middle East conflict and other San Francisco events

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U.S. diplomat Rick Barton discusses the State Department’s new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and dealing with conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • U.S. diplomat Rick Barton discusses the State Department’s new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and dealing with conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

San Francisco events for May 28, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • U.S. diplomat Rick Barton discusses the State Department’s new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and dealing with conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • April Philips: The landscape architect discusses case studies from around the country that can help designers and planners create agricultural architecture that benefits community health. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Bean scene: Three local coffee entrepreneurs discuss what it takes to be at the forefront of an artisan coffee revolution. A coffee-tasting session (5:15 p.m.) precedes the program. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Marc Shaffer: The TV producer speaks at the San Francisco History Association’s May meeting. The film “American Jerusalem,” about the history of Jews in San Francisco, is his topic. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Karen Leland: The best-selling author and founder of Sterling Consulting and Marketing Group discusses “Ultimate Guide to Pinterest for Business.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]
  • Poetry night: Poets Cassandra Dallett and Stephen Kopel read from their work. Host Nancy Keane and emcee Jeanne Powell round out the evening. [7 p.m., 3300 Club, Mission and 29th streets, S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Art show: “Oye, Mira! Reflective Approaches in Contemporary Latin American Video Art” runs through June 29 at the San Francisco Art Institute. More than a dozen artists take part. [11 a.m. to 7 p.m., 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Museums

  • Superhero exhibit: The Cartoon Art Museum presents “Superman: A 75th Anniversary Celebration,” an exhibit exploring the long and storied history of the comic book and movie superhero. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

At the public library

  • Comic monologue: Writer-performer Josh Kornbluth presents “Haiku Tunnel,” his comic working-class misadventure. [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]
  • Teen photo booth: Free photo-booth pictures are available for ages 12 to 18. Bring your friends and leave with a strip of images. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Festival preview

  • The San Francisco Documentary Festival presents DocFest Preview Night.” Featured films: “10th Parallel” (7 p.m.) and “The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear” (9 p.m.). [Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Summer arts: “Summer of Art” at United Nations Plaza presents free performing-arts events weekly. LevyDance has the spotlight today. [Noon, Seventh and Market streets, S.F.]
  • Reggae artist: Jamaican reggae artist Don Carlos, a former member of Black Uhuru, performs at the Independent. [9 p.m., 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]
  • Singer-songwriters: Indie-folk artist Jay Nash performs songs from his new album, “Letters From the Lost.” Indie-folk artist David Ramirez co-headlines the evening. [8:30 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]
  • Woodhouse Fish Co.: The lobster roll is a favorite sandwich selection. The cioppino, served with garlic bread, is a highlighted main dish. The stuffed artichoke is also recommended. [2073 Market St., S.F., and 1914 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 437-2722]