COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIJohnny “Rooster” (Brian Dykstra) dances with the May Queen (Julia Belanoff) in San Francisco Playhouse’s thrilling production of “Jerusalem.”

COURTESY JESSICA PALOPOLIJohnny “Rooster” (Brian Dykstra) dances with the May Queen (Julia Belanoff) in San Francisco Playhouse’s thrilling production of “Jerusalem.”

January 28: 'Jerusalem' and other SF events

Who’s in town

Comedian Mike Birbiglia performs “Thank God for Jokes” in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Lectures

Energy grid: Speakers describe what they believe it will to take to create a reliable, safe and sustainable electricity grid. [11:30 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee: The authors of “The Second Machine Age” discuss the economic effect of brilliant computers and how we must use ingenuity to race with machines. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Preserving Japantown: Speakers discuss a city-adopted economic strategy intended to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

John Martini: The author of “Sutro’s Glass Palace” speaks at the San Francisco History Association’s January meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jessica Alexander: The author of “Chasing Chaos” discusses the book about her years in the humanitarian-aid community. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.; 7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jacob Needleman: The philosopher and bestselling author talks about “An Unknown World.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Melinda Chateauvert: The activist and historian presents “Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement From Stonewall to Slutwalk.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chinese music: Weishan Liu and Anna Wong, of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society, perform a concert of guzheng (an ancient Chinese stringed instrument) music. [5 p.m., University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Lars Muller: The Switzerland-based graphic designer and publisher talks about analog awareness in times of digital saturation. [6 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Latino parent group: Latino parents are invited to take part in a support group that addresses important issues such as bullying and parent leadership. Discussion is in Spanish. [3 to 5 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Contemporary theater

San Francisco Playhouse presents “Jerusalem,” Jez Butterworth’s comedic play centering on a boastful ne’er-do-well with an English soul and a touch of the grand. [7 p.m., 450 Post St., S.F.]

Local activities

French music: Presented by Noontime Concerts, Duo W — violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss — perform works by Milhaud, Ravel and Servais. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Hip hop: Troy, of Legends Live Forever, headlines a show with Money Block, Fly Street Gang, Squidy Bo and host Money Alwayz. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Latin jazz: Grammy-nominated Latin-jazz percussionist Christian Pepin performs with his ensemble. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Le Colonial: The Dine About Town menu is highlighted. The entree is oven-roasted seaweed-wrapped tofu; slow-braised pinwheel short ribs; or coconut-water-braised pork leg. Dessert options include passion-fruit mousse. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]artsBill EnglishJerusalemSF Playhouse

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