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Russian thriller 'How I Ended This Summer' airs at San Francisco's Kabuki cinemas

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WHO’S IN TOWN

Zubin Mehta conducts the Israel Philharmonic, which performs at Davies Symphony Hall this evening. The concert includes Schubert’s “Great C major Symphony.” [8 p.m., 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

LECTURES

Nancy Meyer and Robin Myers: The senior-issues specialists talk about how to protect yourself, family and friends from scam artists targeting seniors. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Bing West: The author, former RAND analyst and former U.S. assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs assesses the prospects for success in Afghanistan. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.]

LITERARY EVENTS

Mark Hertsgaard: The journalist talks about “Hot: Living Through the Next 50 Years on Earth.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Peter Harnik: The author of “Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities” speaks. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

AT THE COLLEGES

Elliott Hundley: The artist, who has reimagined the aesthetics of assemblage, speaks. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Music master class: Yun-Jie Liu, acting principal violist of the San Francisco Symphony, conducts a class examining master works for viola. [6:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Gender and technology: Professor Nathan Ensmenger gives a talk titled “Making Programming Masculine: A Gendered History of the Computer Professions.” [Noon, Encina Hall, Stanford University, Stanford]

Nursing program: USF’s School of Nursing presents an overview of its master’s and doctoral degree options. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain 203, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

AT THE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Older adults: The library’s Access Services department hosts “Staying Engaged for a Lifetime,” a class exploring ways to age positively as social relationships change. [1:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Digital scanning: Class focuses on how to scan, capture, edit and save archival resources from the microfilm and microfiche collection. [Noon, Main Library, Magazines and Newspapers Microfilm Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Russian Cinema: “How I Ended This Summer,” a Russian psychological thriller set on a remote Arctic island, is screening on the San Francisco Film Society screen at the Kabuki cinemas. [www.sundancecinemas.com/kabuki]

Jewish stories: Public Radio International presents “Wishes, Dreams, and Insults,” with Denis O’Hare and Kristen Vangsness. Classic short stories from the Jewish world are on the bill. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center,
3200 California St., S.F.]

New play: Magic Theatre presents a “Virgin Play Reading,” a chance to hear a new play, titled “Peace,” and meet playwright Lydia Stryk. [6 to 8:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Fresh notes: The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present “Tradition, Influence, Evolution,” a concert of four contemporary works. [Talk at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]