November 18: Jessie Ware and other SF events

courtesy photoSinger-songwriter

courtesy photoSinger-songwriter

Who’s in town

Richard Kurin, undersecretary for history, art and culture at the Smithsonian Institution and an author, gives a presentation using Smithsonian treasures to tell the story of our nation. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

‘Ag and Trade’: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman discuss agricultural, trade and immigration issues affecting California. [12:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Howard Willens: The only living member of the three-person supervisory staff of the Warren Commission sheds new light on the investigation of the JFK assassination. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sandra Halladey: The director of San Francisco State University’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute gives a talk titled “How to Keep Your Brain in Shape.” [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Today’s India: “India as a Pioneer of Innovation” is the theme of a conference presented by the University of Pennsylvania. [1 p.m., Wharton San Francisco, 2 Harrison St., S.F.; register: https://global.upenn.edu/indiainnovationconference]

Literary events

Jung Chang: The biographer discusses “Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

Joyce Goldstein: The author and chef discusses “Inside the California Food Revolution: Thirty Years That Changed Our Culinary Consciousness.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Irene Cheng: The architectural historian, critic and designer, whose research focuses on the intersections of architecture, cultural history, politics and the history of science, speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Men’s basketball: USF plays Idaho State. [7 p.m., Memorial Gym 101, University of San Francisco, Center Court, 2335 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Film program: “The Cup” (1999), a comedy about two young Tibetan refugees, an Indian monastery and soccer fever, is the featured film. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.] Singer-songwriter

R&B and electro-pop singer-songwriter Jessie Ware performs a concert in support of her debut album, “Devotion.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

Folk-rock band: The locally based folk-rock and Americana band Blind Willies performs a pair of concerts at Hallidie Plaza. [Noon and 4 p.m., Powell and Market streets, S.F.]

Holiday boutique: The Hillsborough Auxiliary to Peninsula Family Service hosts its benefit luncheon and boutique, “Thanks for Giving.” [10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Peninsula Golf and Country Club, 701 Madera Drive, San Mateo; www.hapfs.org]

Art show: The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents “Work in Progress: Considering Utopia,” an exhibit in which artists Oded Hirsch, Ohad Meromi, and Elisheva Biernoff explore the concept of utopia. [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Roy’s: Hawaiian fusion cuisine is on the menu at this South of Market restaurant. The misoyaki “butterfish” is recommended today. The dish includes Alaskan black cod, baby bok choy and furikake rice. [575 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 777-0277]artsJessie Ware

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