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Tien Hsieh performs classical works for ‘Piano Month’

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Who’s in town

Jazz singer Sophie Milman performs at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

‘Family Farallones Discovery’: Farallon experts talk about the plants, animals and habitats that make up the Farallon Islands ecosystem. Program is designed for ages 8 and up. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Catriona McPherson: The crime novelist talks about “Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains.” [7 p.m., “M” Is for Mystery, 86 E. Third Ave., San Mateo]

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Betsy and Nick Clinch: The writers and mountaineers discuss “Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Yuri Kageyama: The bicultural poet presents “The New and Selected Yuri: Writing From Peeling Till Now,” joined by drummers Eric Kamau Gravatt and Isaku Kageyama. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Rebecca Bales: The author, speaker and organizational consultant talks about “Step Up to the Plate: The Power of Passion and Determination.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Book discussion: Book group discusses Thomas Hardy’s “The Woodlanders.” [Noon, Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

Colleen Morton Busch: The “Fire Monks” author discusses how Tassajara monks summoned both intuition and wisdom to face crisis with clarity during a huge wildfire. [6:30 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales’: The session features books, rhymes, music and movement for ages 18 to 36 months. [10:30 a.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Exhibits

Italian fashion: “A Glimpse of Italian Fashion Through the Years” opens at the Italian Cultural Institute. The fashion-history exhibit features attire created by designer Paola Girardi. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Art show: The Artists Guild of San Francisco presents an outdoor exhibition and sale of artwork by its members. [9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Union Square, Powell and Post streets, S.F.]

Local activities

Senior poets: The TODCO Poets, whose members include seniors in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood, read from their work. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens, Esplanade, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: MTV breakout artist Andrew Belle performs at Café Du Nord. [8:30 p.m., 2170 Market St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Edwin San Juan performs at the Punch Line Comedy Club. Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and Showtime’s “Comedy Without Borders” are among his credits. [8 p.m., 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Piano concert: Noontime Concerts presents a “Piano Month” program featuring pianist Tien Hsieh performing works by Bach/Busoni and Bach/Liszt. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Dining out

Wexler’s: Owner Matt Wexler serves Southern-flavored comfort food and creative barbecue fare. New dishes include smoked and marinated Monterey squid served over watermelon with avocado, jalapeño and lime. Also available are slow-roasted smoked salmon, herb-roasted local albacore and a roasted-broccoli salad with Marcona almonds, fingerling potatoes and smoked cheddar. [568 Sacramento St., S.F., (415) 983-0102]

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