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Ambient sounds: M83

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Author Jesmyn Ward, who received the 2011 National Book Award in Fiction for her novel “Salvage the Bones,” reads from her work. [8 p.m., Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center,  Stanford University, 424 Santa Teresa St., Stanford]


Electric cars: Reporters covering the new generation of cars discuss how these electric vehicles are faring in the market and with the media. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

David Callahan:Charles C. Mann: The author of “1491” and “1493” discusses the germ invasion — via insects, rats and other sources — that has been occurring ever since Columbus. [7:30 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; www.longnow.org]

Literary events

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Slavoj Zizek: The Slovenian philosopher and author of “God in Pain: Inversions of Apocalypse” appears in an onstage conversation. [8 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Etgar Keret: The Israeli short-fiction writer talks about “Suddenly a Knock at the Door.” Author Michael Chabon hosts the evening. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Two poets: Athena Kashyap (“Crossing Black Waters”) and Alice Rogoff (“Barge Wood”) read from their poetry collections. [7 p.m., Phoenix Books, 3967 24th St., S.F.]

Eric Jerome Dickey: The novelist talks about “An Accidental Affair.” [12:30 p.m., Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Thomas Eggerer: The artist, who fuses abstraction and figuration in his paintings, drawings and collages, discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Master class: The members of Trio Valtorna — Ida Kavafian (violin), David Jolley (horn) and Gilles Vonsattel (piano) — work with chamber music students. [Noon, Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Scavenger hunt: The library branch hosts a scavenger hunt in its children’s area. Participants receive trivia questions and clues, and can win prizes. [1 to 3 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Homework help: Volunteers assist K-7 students with homework assignments. [4 to 6 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Ambient sounds: M83, the French electropop act fronted by Anthony Gonzalez, appears in concert; I Break Horses  opens. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Baritone recital: German baritone and celebrated lieder singer Matthias Goerne performs a recital, accompanied by Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Rock concert: The Canadian rock band Our Lady Peace performs. “Curve” is the group’s latest album. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Reggae giant: “Marley,” a documentary film about Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley, is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1:30, 5 and 8:15 p.m., 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]

Dining out

Chaya Brasserie: Dishes include crispy Monterey calamari, Japanese-style fried chicken  and cherry blossom-inspired sushi bar items. Drinks include a cherry blossom cocktail. [132 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 777-8688]

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