January 7: 'Portraits From the Castro' and other SF events 

Who’s in town

R&B guitarist Ron Thompson performs with his band, the Resistors. [7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., S.F.]

Lectures

Modern job searching: “The New Rules of Getting and Keeping a Job You’ll Love” is the focus of a discussion with job experts. A hands-on workshop follows the talk. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Urban planning and tech: Speakers discuss how the technology sector and the urban-planning realm can converge constructively in the future. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Art talk: Docent Ellen Harden discusses “Matisse From SFMOMA,” an exhibit containing about two dozen works by the modern master. [2:15 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Health insurance workshop: Karen Lipney, of the Actors Fund, leads a “Covered California: Affordable Care Act” workshop designed for self-employed creative people. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

Rights in Russia: Ad Hoc Russia Solidarity Committee and Freedom Socialist Party host a community meeting to plan for a rally demanding LGBT and civil rights in Russia. [6 p.m., Stong Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Literary events

Amy Tan: The novelist, in conversation with Jan Yanehiro, talks about “The Valley of Amazement.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Book talk: The Women We’d Like to Lunch With Book Club discusses “Birds of a Lesser Paradise” by Megan Mayhew Bergman. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 3515 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Paralegal studies: Special advising and career information session is for prospective paralegal students. [5:30 p.m., downtown campus, SFSU, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.]

At the public library

Online privacy: Session led by Twitter’s Jacob Hoffman-Andrews teaches how to protect your privacy on the Internet with privacy tools. Bring a laptop if you can. [6 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room B, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Board Game Bonanza: Afternoon of board games is for ages 4 and up. Featured games include Monopoly, Clue, Connect Four, Candy Land and Life. [4 to 5 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Castro portraits

George Krevsky Gallery presents “Beth Van Hoesen: Portraits From the Castro,” an exhibit benefiting the Rainbow Honor Walk, San Francisco’s newest public monument. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 77 Geary St., S.F.]

Local activities

French music: Noontime Concerts presents a program of late-Baroque works by Marin Marais and Charles Dolle. Harpsichord and viola da gamba musicians perform. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

LGBT performances: “The News,” a showcase featuring new LGBT performances, presents its January edition. An informal feedback session follows the show. [7:30 p.m., SOMArts, 934 Brannan St., S.F.]

Experimental rock: The indie-rock and experimental-rock band Califone performs a concert to promote its latest release, “Stitches.” [8 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Garcon: The appetizer dish includes grilled marinated octopus, romesco sauce, olive oil, baby creamer potatoes and cauliflower. For an entree, he highlights the coq au vin, featuring braised Mary’s farm chicken and red-wine sauce. [1101 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 401-8959]

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