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Who’s in town

Pianist Vijay Iyer, whose music connects the jazz idiom with the diversity of mainstream pop, hip hop, funk, and spoken word, performs a concert. The evening is part of San Francisco Performances’ Salons at the Rex series. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]


Jed Emerson: The social entrepreneur, funder, investor and author of “Blended Value” gives a talk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Dona Crawford:
The associate director of computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses the state of supercomputing in China and the United States. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brian Fisher: The entomologist discusses his insect-related research and the plants aand animals found on the biodiverse island of Madagascar. [12:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Literary events

Ishmael Reed: The essayist, poet and novelist talks about “Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dayna Macy:
The essayist talks about “Ravenous,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Katha Pollitt: The Nation columnist and award-winning essayist gives a talk titled “What Do You Mean I’m Not Equal Yet?! Women in the 21st Century.” [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Laurel Nakadate:
The multimedia artist and filmmaker discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Computers for Grown-ups’: The session offers hands-on computer coaching for adults. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-2810]

Local activities

Rock bands: Electric Shepherd, a band specializing in the San Francisco psychedelic sound, performs at El Rio, sharing the bill with Skinwalkers and Necronauts. [8 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Job fair: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center hosts its LGBT Job Fair. Bring copies of your resume. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.; info/register: www.sfcenter.org]

Symphony concert:
The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs Mozart’s “Requiem” featuring vocalists and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus conducted by Ragnar Bohlin and Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Waterfront Restaurant: Seafood and California cuisine are on the menu at this Embarcadero restaurant. Selections include cioppino (Dungeness crab, Manila clams, prawns, tomato broth); seafood pasta (handmade linguini, lobster, rock shrimp, mussels, Dungeness crab, clams, white-wine lemon-garlic broth); and grass-fed New York strip steak with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and wild baby arugula. [Pier 7, Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 391-2696]

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