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February 27: Terrence Brewer and other SF events

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Jazz guitarist-composer Terrence Brewer
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Who’s in town

Comedian and actor David Alan Grier, whose credits include “In Living Color” and a Tony-nominated performance in David Mamet’s “Race,” performs a stand-up show. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

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Mairi McLaughlin: The linguist discusses what is happening in Italy as the English language influences Italian via popular culture. [7:30 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Ron Hipschman: The Exploratorium scientist gives a “Full Spectrum Science” presentation titled “The Science of Mixing Color.” [8 p.m., Exploratorium, Pier 15, S.F.]

Literary events

Yiyun Li: The Bay Area-based author of “Kinder than Solitude” appears in a reading co-presented by Asia Society and Litquake. [6 p.m., Mechanics Institute, 57 Post St., S.F., RVSP required: (415) 393-0100]

Lisbeth Haas: The author and professor discusses “Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.; RSVP: www.saintsandcitizens.eventbrite.com]

Rachel Kushner: The novelist, in conversation with Natasha Boas, celebrates the paperback release of “The Flamethrowers.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Maurice Carney: The co-founder of Friends of the Congo discusses the nascent democratic experiment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [5 p.m., University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall 111, Broad Conference Room, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Elizabeth Kathleen Mitchell: The curator discusses the French drawing tradition, the drawing of the nude figure and how scientific anatomy theories have affected artistic practice. [4:15 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Dr., Stanford]

At the public library

Lesbian fiction: Authors Ashley Bartlett, Heather Blackmore, Clifford Henderson, Annameekee Hesik, Kathleen Knowles and Meghan O’Brien read their work. [6 p.m., Main Library, Gay & Lesbian Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Thursdays @ Noon Films: The documentary “Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony” (2003) screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Release party

Jazz guitarist-composer Terrence Brewer, appearing with his ensemble, celebrates the release of his standards session “Mosaic: Setting the Standard Volume 2.” [7 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Richard Chamberlain: The actor discusses his career and the lessons he has learned about overcoming self-imposed obstacles to happiness. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Comedy: Bryan Callen — one of the original cast members on sketch comedy series “MADtv” — opens a three-night stand-up gig. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

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Hakkasan San Francisco: Recommended dishes include roasted silver cod with champagne and Chinese honey sauce, spicy prawn with lily bulb and almond, braised pork belly with aged-vinegar sauce, and hakka noodle with mushrooms. [1 Kearny St., S.F.; (415) 829-8148]

Film

Documentary: Frameline’s Encore series screens “Intersexion,” which features the stories of intersex people and looks at a vital emerging community transcending the gender binary system. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Stage to screen: Fathom Events presents a pre-recorded version of the London stage production of “War Horse,” based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford. The show is noted for its life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company. [7 p.m., Century 9 San Francisco Centre, 835 Market St., S.F.]

Nightlife

Galaxy questing: The California Academy of Sciences hosts Dark Universe NightLife, a night exploring mysteries of outer space. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary

Poetry night: The “Thursdays at Readers” series holds a poetry reading. Featured poets include Ted Sexauer and Jon Michael Turner. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]



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