January 29: Maxwell Hughes and other SF events 

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  • Songwriter and former Lumineers guitarist Maxwell Hughes, known for his Americana sound and unconventional guitar style, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.
Who’s in town

Internationally recognized calligrapher Massimo Polello, based in Turin, Italy, gives an illustrated presentation on his craft. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]


Jeremy Neuner: The co-author of “The Rise of the Naked Economy” discusses how ways of achieving career success have changed in an economy that no longer guarantees lifetime employment. [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Fair use: California Lawyers for the Arts host an artist-geared workshop on how to use fair use as a tool to protect media creators against copyright-related lawsuits. [7 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.; RSVP: www.calawyersforthearts.org]

Literary events

Sean Strub: The activist, writer and first openly HIV-positive candidate for Congress discusses “Body Counts: A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS and Survival.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Tim Federle: The writer and former dancer talks about his child-geared novel and sequel “Five, Six, Seven, Nate.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Elizabeth Wholey: The Italy-based food and culture writer talks about “Sustenance.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Women’s chorus: Kitka, a women’s vocal ensemble specializing in Eastern European music, performs a concert. [Noon, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, 660 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

Men’s basketball: USF plays Portland. [7 p.m., USF, War Memorial Gym 101, Center Court, 2335 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Research 101: The class, recommended for high school students, covers how to conduct research and find library information efficiently. [6 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Creative Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 557-4599]

Book group: The Mission Bay Book Club discusses “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini. New members are welcome. [6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]

Guitar virtuoso

Songwriter and former Lumineers guitarist Maxwell Hughes, known for his Americana sound and unconventional guitar style, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

String quartet: The Alexander String Quartet performs a Salon at the Rex concert and previews upcoming programs. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

Jazz instrumentalist: Jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Ralph Carney, known for his twisted swing sound and collaborations with Tom Waits, appears with his Serious Jass Project. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

American theater: Los Altos Stage Company presents “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” Tennessee Williams’ steamy play about a southern family whose unpleasant truths surface on a hot summer night. [8 p.m., 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos]

Firefly Restaurant: The ceviche dish, inspired by a Mexico trip, is recommended today. Ingredients include rock cod, yellowtail, tortilla chips, avocado and pickled radish. The meatless ragout, with mushrooms and kale, is also highlighted. [4288 24th St., S.F.; (415) 821-7652]


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