Lectures, concerts and other San Francisco events

Courtesy PhotoPsychologist and Nobel Prize recipient Daniel Kahneman appears in an onstage conversation. Kahneman

San Francisco events for April 2, 2013.

‘Fracked Nation’: Back-to-back panel discussions examine the practice of hydraulic fracturing, regulation issues, and how “fracking” will affect energy and the environment. [5 and 6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ian Morris: The classics and history professor discusses his research method and his conclusions about when and why the West came to dominate world power. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Sebastian Thrun: The co-founder and CEO of Udacity discusses massive open online courses and how the “MOOC” could affect higher education. [7 p.m., Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]‘Parasites Among Us’: The evening, hosted by Ask a Scientist, features guest speaker Jim McKerrow from the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases. [7 p.m., SoMa StrEat Food Park, 428 11th St.. S.F.]

Literary events
Caroline Grant and Lisa Harper: The contributors to “The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family, and How We Learn to Eat” discuss the anthology. [6 p.m., Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez St., S.F.]

At the colleges
Music master class: Students receive coaching on works of the guitar repertoire in this session conducted by the Beijing Guitar Duo. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Photo show: “Marching Through History With Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers,” a photography exhibit by Cathy Murphy, opens with a reception. [5 p.m., Special Collections Gallery, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library
Book group: Merced Branch Library Book Club discusses the novel “The Uninvited Guests,” by Sadie Jones. [7 p.m., Merced Branch, 155 Winston Drive, S.F.]

Homework help: Student volunteers help K-8 students with homework assignments. [3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Ortega Branch, 3223 Ortega St., S.F.]
Folk and blues troubadour Charlie Parr performs at Hotel Utah. [8 p.m., 500 Fourth St., S.F.]
Local activities
Midday music: Noontime Concerts welcomes violinist Mariya Borozina and pianist Miles Graber. The program includes Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Comics artist: “Samplings and Dabblings,” an exhibit celebrating the comic book art of Sam Kieth, continues at the Cartoon Art Museum. Kieth’s credits include “The Maxx” and “Zero Girl.” [11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Laura Munson: The author of the memoir “This Is Not the Story You Think It Is …:A Season of Unlikely Happiness” talks with Kelly Corrigan, author of “The Middle Place.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]
E&O Trading Company: The black-pepper shaking beef is recommended today. Ingredients include beef filet, red onions, tomatoes, chilies and watercress. Also look for the prawn salad. [314 Sutter St., S.F.; (415) 693-0303]

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