Lectures, concerts and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge Psychologist and Nobel Prize recipient Daniel Kahneman appears in an onstage conversation. Kahneman, along with Amos Tversky, is credited with founding the study of behavioral economics. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Psychologist and Nobel Prize recipient Daniel Kahneman appears in an onstage conversation. Kahneman, along with Amos Tversky, is credited with founding the study of behavioral economics. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

San Francisco events for April 2, 2013.

Lectures
‘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.]
Singer-songwriter
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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