January 23: Ruth Asawa films and other SF events 

click to enlarge Screenings of “Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist,” directed by Bob Toy, and the short film “Hearing Voices: The Ruth’s Table Story” by Svetlana Butnaru, make up the evening saluting the late artist-activist Asawa and benefiting her Ruth’s Table center.
  • Screenings of “Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist,” directed by Bob Toy, and the short film “Hearing Voices: The Ruth’s Table Story” by Svetlana Butnaru, make up the evening saluting the late artist-activist Asawa and benefiting her Ruth’s Table center.
Who’s in town

Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter performs an acoustic show. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

China and the Bay Area: Speakers discuss the Bay Area Council Economic Institute’s 2014 “Ties That Bind” analysis and the Bay Area’s evolving economic relationship with China. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Emily Burns: The redwood ecologist describes how climate change is affecting the growth of redwood forests. [7:30 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Italian cities: Professor Roy Willis gives a lecture titled “Venice and its Lagoon.” Topics include the Italian city’s history and architecture. [7 p.m., Museo ItaloAmericano, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: (415) 673-2200]

Literary events

Donna Levin: The Bay Area novelist heads a happy-hour fiction-writing workshop for the tech community. [5 to 6:30 p.m., RocketSpace, 225 Bush St., 12th floor, S.F.]

Kim Fu: The debut novelist reads from “For Today I Am a Boy.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Gary Amaro and Steve Leialoha: The artists discuss their collaborations with cartoonist Neil Gaiman on “The Sandman: Worlds’ End.” [7 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Poetry night: The “Thursdays at Readers” series hosts Renee Gibbons and Louise Nayer. [6:30 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Bjarke Ingels: The award-winning Danish architect, whose Bjarke Ingels Group is involved in numerous projects in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East, speaks. [Noon, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Year of the Horse: The program, for ages 5 and up, celebrates the Year of the Horse with Chinese folktales and a Lunar New Year craft. [4 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Computer class: The session for adults and seniors is an introduction to the Internet. Mouse and keyboard skills are required. [2:30 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Fundraiser

Screenings of “Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist,” directed by Bob Toy, and the short film “Hearing Voices: The Ruth’s Table Story” by Svetlana Butnaru, make up the evening saluting the late artist-activist Asawa and benefiting her Ruth’s Table center. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Zin city: The Zinfandel Experience, a three-day celebration of the zesty wine, kicks off with “Epicuria Food and Zin Pairings,” an informal dine-around event. [6 to 8:30 p.m., Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio, S.F.; www.zinfandel.org]

Funny biz: SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, launches its 2014 lineup with tributes to “Napoleon Dynamite” and Tenacious D. Guests include Jon Heder and Jack Black. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.sfsketchfest.com]

Hollywood history: Ben Urwand, in conversation with Greil Marcus, talks about his book “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact with Hitler.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Bisou Bistro: The arugula salad with sunchoke chips, pomegranate, Parmesan cheese and citrus vinaigrette, topped with white-mushroom carpaccio, is recommended today. [2367 Market St., S.F.; (415) 556-6200]

Music

Prog rock: Stick Men — made up of King Crimson’s rhythm section’s Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin, and guitarist Markus Reuter — headlines a show with Grex. [8 p.m., Slim's, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Psychedelic rock: Wooden Shjips, backing its latest release “Back To Land,” headlines a homecoming show; Carlton Melton and Golden Void open. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Australia-born indie-pop singer-songwriter Betty Who appears to promote “The Movement,” named best EP of 2013 by Billboard Magazine and Popjustice. [9:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Party

Night gallery: Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences presents “Gallery Crawl NightLife.” Attractions include micro-galleries, maker stations and a record-label showcase with DJs. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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