February 26: Cibo Matto and other SF events 

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  • The indie pop and hip-hop act Cibo Matto, featuring Japan-raised, New York-based Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda, performs a show to promote its new album “Hotel Valentine.”
Who’s in town

Norwegian jazz pianist Tord Gustavsen makes a rare Bay Area appearance, performing with his ensemble. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Steve Palumbi: The marine scientist talks about the unusual creatures that live in the deepest parts of the ocean and the environmental challenges threatening them. [7 p.m., Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave., Los Altos]

Ben Rattray: The Change.org founder receives Inforum’s 21st Century Visionary Award and discusses his mission to leverage technology to change the world. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Robots at work: Speakers discuss how the field of robotics has expanded to tackle jobs in new and unconventional settings, from the oceans to the clouds. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Suzi Eszterhas: The wildlife photographer shares some of her images and provides a behind-the-scenes look at what her job is like. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Literary events

Alan Weisman: The journalist, in conversation with author Paul Ehrlich, discusses “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth.” [6:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Michele Zackheim: The author and visual artist talks about “Last Train to Paris,” her latest work of fiction. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Moazzam Sheikh: The short-story writer reads from “Cafe Le Whore and Other Stories.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Book discussion: The Classics I Forgot to Read Book Club discusses “Confessions of an English Opium-Eater” by Thomas De Quincey. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Classical music: The Slowind Quintet, featuring soloists from the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, performs music by Scarlatti, Mozart and others. [7:30 p.m., Campbell Recital Hall, 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Rickey Vincent: The local DJ and college instructor discusses his new book “Party Music,” which details how the Black Panther Party used funk music to spread its message. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Indie band

The indie pop and hip-hop act Cibo Matto, featuring Japan-raised, New York-based Miho Hatori and Yuka C. Honda, performs a show to promote its new album “Hotel Valentine.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Sculptor spotlight: The Museum of Craft and Design presents “A Sense of Balance,” a retrospective featuring wood sculptures by North Carolina-based artist Stoney Lamar. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., MCD, 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Music and film: Stones Throw Records screens the movie “Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton,” followed by live performances by Peanut Butter Wolf, J Rocc, Jonwayne and Knxwledge. [8 p.m., Noise Pop headquarters, 1999 Bryant St., S.F.]

Family fun: The East Bay run of “Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After” — featuring characters from “Brave,” “Tangled,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” — opens. [7:30 p.m., Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland]

Nob Hill Grille: Traditional and creative American fare is on the menu at this neighborhood spot. The braised beef short ribs with garlic mashed potatoes, sauteed Broccolini and balsamic red-wine reduction are recommended today. [969 Hyde St., S.F.; (415) 474-5985]

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