Pianist Daniel Glover, lectures and other San Francisco activities 

click to enlarge Pianist Daniel Glover performs a concert honoring composer Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Pianist Daniel Glover performs a concert honoring composer Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Who’s in town

  • Award-winning jazz, soul and blues singer Rene Marie performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Chenming Hu: The UC Berkeley microelectronics professor gives a talk titled “Microchips in Electronics: Can They Continue to Do More For and With Less?” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Zero-waste goal: Speakers discuss how complete sustainability is possible and discuss everyday actions that could move us toward a zero-waste future. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Anat Admati: The Stanford University economics professor explores how weak regulations and ineffective enforcement led to risks that unleashed the financial crisis. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Gillian Flynn: The novelist talks about “Gone Girl.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]
  • Greg  Bellow: The psychotherapist, son of Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, talks about “Saul Bellow’s Heart: A Son’s Memoir.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]
  • Philip Kerr: The best-selling author talks about “A Man Without Breath,” his ninth Bernie Gunther novel. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]
  • Samuel Avery: The activist and author talks about “The Pipeline and the Paradigm.” [7:30 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

  • Al Gore: The environmental advocate and former U.S. vice president gives a talk on solving the climate crisis and reinvigorating democracy. [7 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Stanford University, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford; http://sto.stanfordtickets.org]

At the public library

  • Medicare overview: Medicare Solutions specialist presents “A Medicare and Medicaid Primer: Everything You Need to Know Before Your 65th Birthday.” [11 a.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Lunchtime music

  • Pianist Daniel Glover performs a concert honoring composer Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Book talk: Joyce Carol Oates, the author of more than 40 novels, appears to discuss her latest, “The Accursed.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
  • British film: A visit to a whiskey distillery inspires a new dad and his mates to improve their failing lives in “The Angels’ Share,” British filmmaker Ken Loach’s new comedy. [1:20, 4:40, 7 and 10:10 p.m., Embarcadero Center Cinema, 1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.]
  • Trio: Medeski Martin & Wood — keyboardist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood — meld jazz, funk, avant-noise and other sounds. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.; (415) 885-0750, www.slimspresents.com]
  • Machka: The lamb tartar, with fresh mint, grainy mustard, argan oil and haricot-verts salad, is recommended. Also look for the Adana kebab, with marinated ground beef and lamb. [584 Washington St., S.F.; (415) 391-8228]

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