SF Film Society screens Cinema by the Bay series

The San Francisco Film Society screens "I Think It's Raining." (Courtesy photo)The San Francisco Film Society screens "I Think It's Raining." (Courtesy photo)

The San Francisco Film Society screens "I Think It's Raining." (Courtesy photo)The San Francisco Film Society screens "I Think It's Raining." (Courtesy photo)

Who's in town

Hillary Jordan: The Novelist reads from her new book, “When She Woke.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Lectures

Energy innovation: Energy thinkers examine whether the country’s systems for creating new energy systems need to be radically overhauled or just tweaked. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Music and the mind: Daniel Levitin, author of “This Is Your Brain on Music,” and Alex de Grassi, a Grammy-nominated fingerstyle guitarist, explore how music affects the brain. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

James C. Hormel: The philanthropist, LGBT-rights activist and first openly gay U.S. ambassador shares “Fit to Serve.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Stephen Beachy: The novelist talks about “Boneyard.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Judith Halberstam: The Los Angeles based professor and author of “Female Masculinity” talks about “The Queer Art of Failure.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Zahra Noorbakhsh: The writer-performer presents “All Atheists Are Muslims,” her comedic solo show about Islam and intercultural relationships. [7 p.m., USF, Presentation Theater, 2350 Turk Blvd., S.F.]

Anna Sew Hoy: The Los Angeles based sculptor discusses her work. [5:30 p.m., SFSU, Room 193, Fine Arts building, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Chancellor’s Concert Series: The Pas de Duo piano duo performs. [Noon, UCSF, Cole Hall, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Services for the blind: The San Francisco Public Library’s Library for the Blind and Print Disabled hosts an informational open house. [1 to 7 p.m., Main Library, Library for the Blind event space, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Dining out

Ahn Sushi & Soju: Japanese and Korean fare come together at this sushi and soju bar. Recommended on the Japanese side of the menu is the “My Way” roll. Salmon, tuna, tobiko, snow crab, avocado and sprouts are wrapped inside a thinly sliced cucumber. Recommended Korean barbecue dish: bulgogi (broiled sliced marinated rib eye). [177 Eddy St., S.F.; (415) 929-1118]

Local activities

Haitian music: The Creole Choir of Cuba, which promotes and performs music of Haitian origin, brings its tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Science social: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Mad Science NightLife,” a geeky cocktail party. Guests include science comedian Brian Malow. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Bay views: The San Francisco Film Society’s 2011 Cinema by the Bay series, spotlighting local filmmakers, begins. Opening-night film: “I Think It’s Raining.” [7 p.m., SFFS/New People Cinema, 1746 Post St., S.F.; www.sffs.org]

Genre-defying: The collaborative Jazz Mafia opens a three-night stand of performances of its Symphony No. 2, “The Emperor Norton Suite.” [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

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