Magic Theatre presents the first reading of ‘Good Goods’ 

click to enlarge New play: Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents the first reading of “Good Goods,” a play by Christina Anderson. A talk with the director and the playwright follows. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • New play: Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents the first reading of “Good Goods,” a play by Christina Anderson. A talk with the director and the playwright follows.

Who’s in town

Author and New York University psychology professor Gary Marcus talks about his new book, “Guitar Zero: The New Musician and the Science of Learning.”[7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

David Unger
: The New York Times senior editor discusses the hidden costs of our nation’s pursuit for absolute national security. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

William J. Clancey: The cognitive scientist gives a talk titled “Voyages of Scientific Discovery With the Mars Exploration Rovers.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Dance and aging: Speakers examine the complex terrain at the intersection of dance and aging in this Dance Discourse Project program. [7 p.m., CounterPULSE, 1310 Mission St., S.F.]

Museum update:
The RandallMuseum Friends organization holds a public meeting to announce the museum’s plans for the coming year and get feedback. [6 p.m., Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, S.F.]

Literary events

Eric Klinenberg:
The author and social commentator talks about “Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Poetry night:
Poets Norman Fischer and Stephen Ratcliffe read from their work. [7 p.m., Bird and Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Faculty Artist Series:
Pianist Paul Hersh, joined by fellow musicians, presents “Schubert’s Last Year.” [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Write Your Will’:
Workshop, conducted by estate planner and probate lawyer Stuart Bronstein, helps participants create fully functional wills. Bring a blue pen. [6:30 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.; register: (415) 355-2808]

Local activities

New play:
Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents the first reading of “Good Goods,” a play by Christina Anderson. A talk with the director and the playwright follows. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Student chef finalists: Luce and the California Culinary Academy present the first dinner featuring student finalists from the Culinary Clash contest. [5:30 p.m., Luce, InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard St., S.F.; www.lucewinerestaurant.com]

Literary theater: The Word for Word literary theater company presents a staged reading of selections from Peter Orner’s “Esther Stories.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Two comedians: Satirical comedians Dick Gregory and Will Durst appear in a comedy double bill. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Liverpool Lil’s: Continental comfort food and traditional English pub fare are on the menu. The shepherd’s pie is recommended today. Also look for the petrale sole, sauteed in lemon with capers. [2942 Lyon St. S.F.; (415) 921-6664]

Contemporary music: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players present “Zone 3,” a concert of works that draw from European musical and literary traditions, featuring the premiere of Michelle Lou’s “paralipomena.” [Talk at 7:15 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.; Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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