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Awards luncheon: American Conservatory Theater hosts its Conservatory Awards Luncheon

Person in town

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]


Mega-crisis management: Speakers discuss steps that businesses can take to better anticipate and manage messes and mega-crises such as the earthquake in Haiti, Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Douglas Fraser: The commander of U.S. Southern Command discusses efforts to deal with drug trafficking and transnational crime organizations. [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.; register: www.worldaffairs.org]

Luiz Rocha: The new curator on the California Academy of Sciences’ ichthyology team gives a talk titled “Diversity and Evolution of Coral Reef Fishes.” [7 p.m., CAS, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Literary events

Greil Marcus: The music journalist and culture critic talks about “The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Epicenter series: Litquake series features international touring authors in conversation at Tosca Cafe. Julia Flynn Siler (“Lost Kingdom”) and Julia Scheeres (“A Thousand Lives”) are January’s guests. [7 p.m., 242 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Carol O’Connell: The novelist talks about “The Chalk Girl.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

Bryant Terry:
The chef and food justice activist presents “The Inspired Vegan.” [7:30 p.m., Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Music master class: Kay Stern, concertmaster of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, conducts a violin master class. [7 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

Vanessa Diffenbaugh: The author talks about her debut novel, “The Language of Flowers.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Wills, trusts, and movies: Estate-planning attorney John O’Grady presents a seminar, using clips from movies, that addresses concerns adults have in estate and incapacity planning. [2 p.m., Presidio Branch, 3150 Sacramento St., S.F.]

Local activities

Awards luncheon: American Conservatory Theater hosts its Conservatory Awards Luncheon, saluting alumni and donors. Honorees include Annette Bening and Elizabeth Banks. [11:30 a.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St., S.F.]

French music: Kevin Rivard (horn), Brian Thorsett (tenor) and Dmitri Cogan (piano) perform a program of works by Jules Massenet and other French composers. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Blood drive: The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Call (800) 733-2767 or go to www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: FIDMSF) to make an appointment. [11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 55 Stockton St., S.F.]
Comedy show: The KO Comedy duo performs. Professional gambler Kabir Singh and UC Berkeley graduate Sammy K. Obeid are the funny guys. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dining out

Daffodil Restaurant: Seasonal and local food is on the menu at this downtown spot. Recommended appetizers include the crispy chicken lollipops. Highlighted entrees include the locally caught salmon, with roasted fennel, brussels sprouts, bacon, and smoked tomato sauce. Also look for the Orchard Kobe burger with Havarti cheese, spicy aioli, housemade pickles, and pomme frites. [665 Bush St., S.F.; (415) 343-0130]

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