January 30: 'Ubu Roi' and other SF events

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Cutting Ball Theater presents Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi.” In this version of Jarry’s 1896 satire
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Who’s in town

Mexican singer-songwriter Alejandra Guzman, one of Latin America’s most popular rock artists, appears in concert. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

Elin Suleymanov: Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States discusses Azerbaijan’s position in Eurasia and growing contribution to the potential of the wide strategic region. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Scott Carroll: The biologist discusses how organisms respond to human-caused environmental change and advocates for interdisciplinary solutions to conservation problems. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. ]

Beyond Plastic: Speakers talk about how plastic products continue to harm the environment and discuss efforts to curb the growing tide of waste in our waterways. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jerry Stahl: The novelist, editor and screenwriter reads from “Bad Sex on Speed” and “Happy Mutant Baby Pills.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Phil Cousineau: The writer, scholar, logophile and lover of the night discusses “Burning the Midnight Oil.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

Lynn Oakley: The local writer talks about her book, “San Francisco’s Twin Peaks.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Ezekiel Tyrus: The novelist discusses his debut book, “Eli, Ely.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chancellor’s Concert Series: Violinist Robin Sharp and pianist Lori Lack perform works by Beethoven and Kreisler. [Noon, UC San Francisco, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “This is Elvis” (1981), a nonfiction portrait of Elvis Presley, will be screened. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

LinkedIn workshop: The session discusses how to create a LinkedIn account, fill in your profile and use the social-networking website for career development. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino-Hispanic Room A, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Satirical play

Cutting Ball Theater presents Alfred Jarry’s “Ubu Roi.” In this version of Jarry’s 1896 satire, an American couple in a luxury kitchen play out fantasies of wealth and power. [7:30 p.m., Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor St., S.F.]

Local activities

Photography show: “Salute to the Sequoia Yacht Club,” a photographic exhibit celebrating the 75-year-old sporting fixture, opens at the San Mateo County History Museum. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2200 Broadway, Redwood City]

Art exhibit: SFMOMA Artists Gallery presents a painting and collage exhibition by local artists Edith Hillinger, Sharon Shepherd and Elena Zolotnitsky. [10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Building A, Fort Mason Center, Marina Blvd. and Buchanan St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, with guest conductor Osmo Vänskä and pianist Daniil Trifonov, perform works by Sibelius, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] Boxing Room: The fried half chicken, which is buttermilk-dredged and served with collard greens, mashed potatoes, and housemade giblet gravy, is recommended today. Also look for the duck and sausage jambalaya. [399 Grove St., S.F.; (415) 430-6590]

Comedy

Funny biz: SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, continues through Feb. 9. The Improvised Shakespeare Company (7:30 p.m., Kanbar Hall, Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.) and Michael McDonald (8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.) appear today. [www.sfsketchfest.com]

Music

Fusion: Morning Ritual, a new collaboration between Portland-based composer Ben Darwish, singers the Shook Twins, guitarist William Seiji Marsh and drummer Russ Kleiner, promotes its first album, “The Clear Blue Pearl,” a mix of folk, jazz, R&B and even dub step. [8:15 p.m., Lost Church, 65 Capp St., S.F.]

Art

Gallery show: Caldwell Snyder opens “30 x 30: A 30th-Anniversary Exhibition and Celebration” featuring original paintings and drawings, in dimensions of 30-by-30 inches, created by gallery artists. [10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 341 Sutter St., S.F.]

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