Bluegrass benefit show leads Thursday fun in The City 

click to enlarge The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival hosts its annual prefestival benefit show. Featured bands include The Creak, and Buck Wild and the Boss Hossers. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival hosts its annual prefestival benefit show. Featured bands include The Creak, and Buck Wild and the Boss Hossers. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Amy Chua, best-selling author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” speaks. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; event is sold out; visit www.commonwealthclub.org for wait-list details]


Lectures
Kevin Danaher: The Global Exchange cofounder gives a talk titled “How the Green Economy Can Save Humanity From Itself,” presented by Peace Action of San Mateo County. [7 p.m., Unitarian Universalists, 300 E. Santa Inez, San Mateo]

Two cartoonists: Keith Knight, creator of “The Knight Life,” and Stephan Pastis, creator of “Pearls Before Swine,” discuss their comics and their careers. [7:15 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]


Literary events
Thursday poetry series: Janice Mirikitani and Daisy Zamora are this week’s featured poets. Poet Jack Hirschman hosts the evening. [6:30 p.m., Readers Cafe and Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Social history: The evening celebrates the publication of “On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the U.S.” Guests include editor Sean Stewart.
[7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]


At the public library
‘Great Teen Book Swap’: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Henna body art: Body artist Charitie Bolling discusses the history and practice of henna body decorating. Program is for ages 12 to 18. Those under 18 must bring a ­parent-signed form. [4 p.m.,
Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]


At the colleges
Julie Brill: The Federal Trade Commission member discusses FTC initiatives to protect consumer privacy. [12:50 p.m., Stanford Law School, Room 280B, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford University, Palo Alto]

Julia Flynn Siler: The journalist talks about her new book, “Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]


Bluegrass benefit
The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival hosts its annual prefestival benefit show. Featured bands include The Creak, and Buck Wild and the Boss Hossers. [8 p.m., Cafe Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]


Local activities
Art show: Creativity Explored, a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, show and sell artwork, hosts an opening reception for its exhibition “Calderon: Nine Years in the Making,” featuring works by Salvadorean artist Pablo Calderon.  [7 to 9 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Magic acts: Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte host a Houdini-tribute edition of their Porchlight storytelling series, with a magician cast. Guests include Stallion and the Amazing Randi. [7 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Triptych: Chef de cuisine Felipe Gonzales creates New American cuisine with international touches. The pan-seared salmon with risotto is recommended today. [10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1155 Folsom St. S.F.; (415) 703-0557]


Films and more
Film program: Gout Films presents “Souls of Splendor,” a 25-minute comic film about being gay, geeky and creatively lost in San Francisco, written and directed by Audra Wolfmann and Desmond Miller. A Q&A with the cast and crew follows the screening. [8 p.m., Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, S.F.]

Nicholas Ray double feature: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts screens the director’s unique 1972 film “We Can’t Go Home Again” and 2011’s “Don’t Expect Too Much,” an intimate documentary by his widow Susan. [7:30 and 9 p.m., 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony presents a semi-staged performance of Debussy’s “Le Martyre of Saint Sebastian.” Guest narrator: Frederica von Stade.  [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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