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Greek cinema: The weeklong San Francisco Greek Film Festival begins. “The Guide,” a comedy directed by Zacharias Mavroeidis, gets things rolling. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Greek cinema: The weeklong San Francisco Greek Film Festival begins. “The Guide,” a comedy directed by Zacharias Mavroeidis, gets things rolling.

Who’s in town

Alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett performs at Yoshi’s, joined by fellow members of his quartet. “Seeds From the Underground” is the jazz artist’s latest album. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Literary events

Eleni Gage:
The debut novelist talks about “Other Waters.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Gerald Nicosia: The journalist presents “One and Only: The Untold Story of ‘On the Road’ and Lu Anne Henderson, the Woman Who Started Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady on Their Journey.” [3 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

‘The Manovill Conversations’:
Journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Casey Parks discuss advocacy journalism and their reporting trip to Central Africa. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Akiva Tor: Israel’s consul general, Pacific Northwest region, discusses current challenges facing Israel and the new Middle East. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s Young Professionals International Forum holds its May discussion. “Striking a Balance: Erosion of Civil Liberties vs. National Security” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Aparna Venkatesan: The USF assistant physics and astronomy professor talks about primordial stars, the first sources of light in the universe. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 379-8000]

Jojo Capece:
The author of “All Roads Lead to Rome” talks about the art of Bernini and how it helped define the visual style of the Baroque age. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Martin Amis:
The British novelist reads from his work. “Lionel Asbo: State of England” is his latest book. [8 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, Stanford University, 641 Knight Way, Stanford]

At the public library

‘La Bamba’:
Local author and rock music historian Richie Unterberger shows and discusses film clips of Latino performers from the 1950s through the 1980s. [6:30 p.m., Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

First Monday Movies: “It Happened One Night” (1934), directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, is May’s featured film. [6:30 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Greek cinema:
The weeklong San Francisco Greek Film Festival begins. “The Guide,” a comedy directed by Zacharias Mavroeidis, gets things rolling. [7 p.m., Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, S.F.; www.grfilm.com]

Comedy show: Comics Nato Green and W. Kamau Bell present “Comedy SuperPAC,” their weekly humor showcase “promoting good comedy and great causes.” [7 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Access day: People with disabilities are invited to view the art exhibit “The Cult of Beauty” at the Legion of Honor when it is less crowded. Admission is by appointment. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 100 34th Ave., S.F.; (415) 750-7645 or tbrown@famsf.org]

Sexy clowning: The Picklewater Clown Cabaret presents its annual “Cabaret of Sexy Sex.” Silliness and sultriness are promised. Performers include Circus Finelli and Bottle Rocket Betty. [7 and 9 p.m., Stage Werx, 446 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dining out

E&O Trading Company:
Chef Arnold Eric Wong cooks contemporary Asian-inspired cuisine, from crispy lemon grass risotto cakes to shiitake mushroom dumplings. [314 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 693-0303]