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May 9-10: Mischa Maisky, LGBT Readings, Elaine Sciolino, Mafia Bags Studio Tour, Charles Duhigg, Jarett Kobek

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Cello virtuoso Mischa Maisky makes his local recital debut in concert with his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, presented by Chamber Music San Francisco. (Courtesy Bernard Rosenberg)
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MONDAY, MAY 9

Mischa Maisky: The internationally renowned cellist and recording artist makes his San Francisco recital debut playing a program with Bruch’s “Kol Nidrei,” Beethoven’s Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Britten’s Sonata in C Major and Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango,” accompanied by his daughter, pianist Lily Maisky, [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Perfectly Queer-LGBTQ Readings: Avery Cassell, author of “Behrouz Gets Lucky” (about “two older kinky queer folks finding one another”) and Tyler Cohen and Elizabeth Beier, contributors to the queer comics anthology “Alphabet,” appear. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Ann Packer, Jan Ellison: The award-winning California fiction writers discuss their respective books, “The Children’s Crusade” and “A Small Indiscretion.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc, 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

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Elaine Sciolino: A former New York Times reporter in France discusses her book “The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue Des Martyrs,” a pithy description of colorful locals on a working-class street and some of their storied predecessors. [1 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

Mafia Bags Factory Open Studio: The creators of bags and backpacks made from repurposed kiteboarding, windsurfing and boat sails offer tours of their operation as one of many events in SFMade Week, a series of activities promoting local businesses. [10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mafia Bags Factory, 1122 Howard St., S.F.]

Charles Duhigg: The New York Times reporter and best-selling author of “The Power of Habit” presents eight key points that illustrate the reasons why some people and some companies are more productive than others. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Bay Area Science: In the “May Laser Event: Expand Music Composition and Performance,” artists and scientists explore the “language of space” in composition and and performance, [7 p.m., University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, 660 Parker Ave., S.F.]

Jarett Kobek: The novelist reads from his biting, funny “I Hate the Internet,” an indictment of modern life set in 2013 San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

TUESDAY, MAY 10

Pairing #2: In their installation with a two-story structure, drawings and paintings, San Francisco artists (and couple) Jay Nelson and Rachel Kaye invite viewers to “interact with art through an architectural lens.” [Noon to 6 p.m., Chandran Gallery, 459 Geary St., S.F.]

St. Mary’s Square Public Art Project: Proposals submitted by three finalists vying for a commission for an artwork to be installed in a garden on the fifth story of a building at 500 Pine St. are on view. [10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Chinese Cultural Center Visual Art Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]

Film Fatales: The program includes short films (comedic, provocative fiction, non-fiction and documentaries) by acclaimed Bay Area women directors. [7 p.m., Roxie, 3117 16th St., S.F}

Disney’s Newsies: The Tony Award-winning musical based on the real-life newsboy strike of 1899 opens a five-day engagement. [7:30 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts (255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose]

Jeremy Scahill: The investigative reporter talks about “The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government’s Secret Drone Warfare Program,” his book which details America’s secret assassination policy. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

2016 Decorator Showcase: The annual benefit for S.F. University High School’s financial aid program features contributions by top Bay Area designers who have transformed more than 20 rooms in an elegant Telegraph Hill home near Coit Tower. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 298 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Alexandre Vidal Porto: The writer discusses “Sergio Y.,” billed as “a startling and inspirational work of transgender fiction by a leading figure in Brazil’s new urban fiction movement.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Maria Toorpakai: The author of “A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight” describes her harrowing journey, living as a boy in Peshawar, then rising to become the top female squash player in Pakistan. [1 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]



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