January 21: 'Forming My Life' and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Cosmologist Max Tegmark talks about his new book, “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

Corporate innovation: Speakers discuss how the trend of separate innovation “labs” has spread among big-name businesses and how corporate teams are thinking like startups. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Housing costs: Speakers discuss why housing costs are skyrocketing in San Francisco and examine the component costs of bringing housing to market. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Olivia Liang: The biographer discusses “The Trip to Echo Spring,” a book exploring the lives of several troubled writers. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ben Marcus: The locally based writer talks about “Leaving the Sea,” a story collection. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Brian Payton: The Vancouver, British Columbia-based outdoor-book author discusses “The Wind Is Not a River.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Jennifer Holm: The award-winning children’s-book author discusses “Babymouse No. 17: Extreme Babymouse.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

April Smith: The Emmy-nominated TV writer-producer discusses “A Star for Mrs. Blake.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

At the colleges

Peter Fischli: The Swiss artist uses the year 1952, the year of his birth, to reflect on his artistic oeuvre and his role in the collaborative duo Fischli/Weiss. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Affordable Care Act: Jacqueline Parra, from the San Francisco Health Plan, discusses two key elements of the Affordable Care Act: Medi-Cal and Covered California. [7 p.m., Eureka Valley Branch, 1 Jose Sarria Court, S.F.]

Stephen Jimenez: The journalist talks about “The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard.” [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Baroque music

The Vinaccesi Ensemble performs a concert of 17th- and 18th-century works by Couperin, Rameau and Marais. Noontime Concerts presents the event. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Local activities

Rock band: The indie group Volcano Choir performs a concert to promote its latest album, “Repave.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Book talk: Armistead Maupin, author of “Tales of the City,” discusses “The Days of Anna Madrigal.” [12:30 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Art opening: An opening reception takes place for “Forming My Life,” an exhibit of fiber art by Bonnie J. Smith. [6 to 8 p.m., Women’s Health Resource Center, California Pacific Medical Center, 3698 California St., S.F.]

Farallon Restaurant: Dishes include Dungeness crab salad with heirloom baby beets, Hass avocado and winter citrus as well as grilled Atlantic cobia with artichoke puree, roasted broccoli rabe, polenta fries and arugula pesto. [450 Post St., S.F.; (415) 956-6969]

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