Feb. 19: Noise Pop NightLife, Menlo Park College history and more

Who’s in town

Folkie singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega is playing an intimate set with guitarist Gerry Leonard. [8 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3600 California St., S.F.]


‘On Track’: Rick Laubscher’s “On Track: A Field Guide to San Francisco’s Streetcars and Cable Cars” examines The City’s most colorful forms of transportation. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Armenian genocide: Thomas de Waal, a South Caucasus expert for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, discusses the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide and its continued influence on Armenian and Turkish relations. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

State of The City: Modern Times’ series of gentrification panel discussions continues with a session about The City’s black community, featuring Bishop Franzo King of the John Coltrane African Orthodox Church and more. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Carbon science: Marin Carbon Project co-founder John Wick examines humanity’s role in the carbon cycle and climate change. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Brews and Views: Mark Baldassare, president of the Public Policy Institute of California, discusses government reform at the state and local levels. [8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Literary events

Peace activism: Peaceworks Executive Director David Hartsough’s latest book is “Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

New short fiction: “Get in Trouble” is Kelly Link’s latest collection of short fiction. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Pajama storytime: Kids can bring along a stuffed animal to Marianne’s Pajama Family Storytime. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Memory and creativity: Collagist and filmmaker Lewis Klahr presents his films in a workshop about memory. [5-8 p.m., Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

‘Berlin Stories’: New paintings and watercolors by Pamela Wilson-Ryckman make up the exhibit “Berlin Stories.” [10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Gallery Paule Anglim, 14 Geary St., S.F.]

New dance: Choreographer Kyle Abraham of Abraham.In.Motion probes the black male identity in his latest dance piece, “Pavement.” A discussion with the choreographer follows the performance. [8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Indie rock: Texan group Wild Child has twice been dubbed best indie band by the Austin Music Awards. [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

‘Howl’: Night Riots is touring to promote its new album, “Howl.” [9 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Classical music: Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads German soloists Ruth Ziesak and Christian Gerhaher as well as the San Francisco Symphony in Brahms’ “German Requiem.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


NightLife: The Noise Pop Festival is the subject of this week’s “NightLife” at the California Academy of Sciences, featuring a live DJ set from the band !!!, a lecture about how our brains reach to music and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

College biography: Author Pamela K. Gullard chats with Menlo College President Richard A. Moran about her new book, “Through the Gates: Eighty-Five Years of Menlo College and Its Times.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Andrew Schulz, who has appeared on MTV’s “The Hook Up” and “Guy Code,” is headlining a bill that also includes Dave Stone and Imran G. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Sensitive songs: South African singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov plays contemplative rock on his new album, “The Weatherman.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Strange cinema: The Oddball Films archive brings together rare film clips of witches, derby dolls, femme fatales and more in its program “Dangerous Dames and Brutal Beauties.” [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

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