Dianne Schuur opens five-day engagement at the Rrazz Room

Dianne Schuur — the Grammy award-winning pianist-vocalist — known to her fans as “Deedles” for her scat-singing abilities — opens a five-day engagement at the Rrazz Room. (Courtesy photo)Dianne Schuur — the Grammy award-winning pianist-vocalist — known to her fans as “Deedles” for her scat-singing abilities — opens a five-day engagement at the Rrazz Room. (Courtesy photo)

Dianne Schuur — the Grammy award-winning pianist-vocalist — known to her fans as “Deedles” for her scat-singing abilities — opens a five-day engagement at the Rrazz Room. (Courtesy photo)Dianne Schuur — the Grammy award-winning pianist-vocalist — known to her fans as “Deedles” for her scat-singing abilities — opens a five-day engagement at the Rrazz Room. (Courtesy photo)

Who’s in town

Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court justice and author of “Making Our Democracy Work,” appears in an onstage conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

China talk: Former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski (via webcast) and China expert Michael H. Armacost (in person) discuss U.S.-China relations. [4 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Alan Kaufman: The author of “Drunken Angel” talks about the alcoholism that nearly killed him, the post-traumatic stress disorder that drove him to the edge of madness, and the love that brought him back. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Concrete buildings: Engineering and architecture experts discuss the seismic vulnerability of nonductile concrete buildings and what should be done about the problem. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Muhtar Kent:
The Coca-Cola CEO explains his view that California is destined to spearhead the nation’s innovative drive and economic revitalization in the decade ahead. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

John Jeremiah Sullivan: The North Carolina-based nonfiction writer talks about “Pulphead.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Two authors:
Dennis Cooper (“The Marbled Swarm,” a novel) and Dodie Bellamy (“The Buddhist,” a memoir in essays) celebrate the release of their books. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Robert Trivers: The biological theorist talks about “The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Cuny Janssen: The Dutch photographer discusses her work. [6 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Carol Rosenberg: The journalist discusses the challenges of operating as a journalist in Guantanamo Bay, and the ethical issues involved. [4:30 p.m., Building 260, Room 113, 450 Serra Mall,  Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Art talk: SFMOMA docent David Grady leads a discussion of art’s “fascinating women” Diane Arbus, Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Lange, and others. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room B, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Music talk: “Music of the Barbary Coast and Beyond” is the theme of a talk about the musical forces that laid the groundwork for the founding of the San Francisco Symphony. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Local activities

Jazz singer: Dianne Schuur — the Grammy award-winning pianist-vocalist — known to her fans as “Deedles” for her scat-singing abilities — opens a five-day engagement at the Rrazz Room. [8 p.m., Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Latin cuisine: The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts hosts its annual Mole to Die For contest. Participants can taste regional versions of mole dishes and vote for a favorite. [7 to 10 p.m., 2868 Mission St., S.F.]

Conference on aging: Poetics of Aging, a four-day conference presented by AgeSong Institute and exploring the depth of life at any stage, begins. [8 a.m. to 6 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin St. S.F.; www.poeticsofaging.org]

Jobs film:
“Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview,” a film featuring the unedited version of a candid 1995 interview Jobs gave with Robert Cringely, screens at the Opera Plaza Cinema. [7:15 and 9 p.m., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; www.stevejobsthelostinterview.com or www.landmarktheatres.com]

Dining out

Anchor & Hope: Seafood dominates the restaurant’s menu, and chef Eric Markoff recommends the grilled Monterey Bay sardines, an appetizer, to start. The sardines are served with garlic bean puree and sauce gribiche. For an entrée, the charred calamari steak is his highlighted dish. Fresh shelled beans, Swiss chard and sea-urchin butter complete the meal. [83 Minna St., S.F.; (415) 501-9100]

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