Musical duo performs at Yoshi's 

click to enlarge Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz perform a collaborative concert at Yoshi's. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz perform a collaborative concert at Yoshi's.

Who's in town

Mind talk: Michael Gazzaniga, professor of psychology and director of the SAGE Center for the Study of Mind, UC Santa Barbara, gives a sold-out talk on free will and the science of the brain. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.; visit to add your name to a wait list]


Social entrepreneurship: “Cutting-Edge Trends in Social Innovation” is the theme of a Brews and Views discussion. Speakers include “Forces for Good” author Peter Sims. [6 p.m., Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay]

Art history lecture: “The San Francisco Scene: Art of the Bay in the Postwar Era” is the topic. [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Girls’ sports workshop: The second of two sports workshops for girls 12 and up, led by Lisa Mitzel, takes place. Topics include female bodies. [11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park;]

Literary events

Meg Waite Clayton: The novelist celebrates the launch of “The Four Ms. Bradwells” in paperback. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]

Hicks Stone: The architect and biographer discusses “Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect.” [6 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art show: “Oceans and Campfires” exhibit features work by Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue, innovative figures in documentary photography and video. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]


At the public library

‘Thursdays @ Noon Films’: The program features a screening of “Children of Men” (2006), a drama set in a dystopian London. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Great Teen Book Swap: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review by the end of the month. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]


Local activities

Music duo: Pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz, whose music explores both classical and pop genres, perform “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” a collaborative concert. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Museum social: The Exploratorium hosts an After Dark social, an evening of science and theme activities for grown-ups. “Rock, Paper, Scissors” is January’s theme. [6 to 10 p.m., Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Jazz singers: San Francisco jazz veteran Frank Jackson performs his “Tribute to Nat King Cole.” Special guest: vocalist Kim Nalley. [8 p.m., Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., S.F.]

Three songstresses: Bay Area singer-songwriters Maria Morrell, Stina Da Silva and Maria Machetes appear in a “Songstress Salon.” [7 p.m., Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St., S.F.]

A cappella music: The Harvard Krokodiloes appear in a lunchtime performance in the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court, which is serving a special $22 three-course meal to accompany the show. [12:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

Photography salon: “A Winter Salon of Fine Photographs” continues at the Robert Tat Gallery. Featured artists include Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind and Helen Levitt. [11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 49 Geary St., Suite 410, S.F.]

Gallery opening: “The Atmosphere From Before the Step Down Returns to the Square,” featuring works on paper constructed over the past year by artist Taha Belal in his Cairo studio, opens with a reception. [5:30 p.m., Haines Gallery, 49 Geary St., S.F.]

Art meets architecture: “Muses Meet,” a show of sculptures by Buenes Aires artist Inés Alonso Ares and photographs by Los Angeles-based Rick Mendoza, is on view. [7 to 10 p.m., 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ice rinks: Skating is still happening at the Embarcadero and Union Square rinks. Sessions (90 minutes) start on every even hour. [Embarcadero: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.; Union Square:
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Powell and Post streets, S.F.

Dining Out

Mamacita: Chef Luis Contreras’ menu features authentic Mexican street food and family dishes made with fresh local ingredients. The chilaquiles casi  listos, a signature item, are recommended today. The dish contains tortilla chips tossed with chipotle cream, roasted chicken, rainbow chard and poblano-pepper “rajas.”  [2317 Chestnut St., S.F.; (415) 346-8494]

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