Rainn Wilson to appear at Books Inc. 


French pianist Helene Grimaud appears with the San Francisco Symphony, performing Schumann’s “Piano Concerto.” Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits conducts the orchestra. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Barry Eichengreen:
The economics professor and author of “Exorbitant Privilege” discusses the fate of the U.S. dollar and the future of the international monetary system. [Noon, World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

‘Brews and Views’:
The shape of the next economy is the theme of today’s forum. Forecaster Paul Saffo of Discern Analytics speaks. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea]


Steve Palumbi:
The marine-science professor talks about “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay: A Story of Revival.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Rainn Wilson:
The co-star of NBC’s “The Office” shares “Soulpancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]


Paula England:
The Stanford professor presents her award-winning talk, “The Gender Revolution: Uneven and Stalled.” [4:15 p.m., Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University]

Leonard Pitt: The author and actor presents “Paris: A Journey Through Time.” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: rsvp@milibrary.org]


Food-themed films:
“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” is the theme of this month’s Thursdays-at-noon film series. Today’s feature is “Waitress” (2007). [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Toddler Tales’: The program features books, rhymes, music and movement for ages 18 to 36 months. [10:15 a.m., Western Addition Branch,  1550 Scott St., S.F.]


Lighten up:
The Exploratorium hosts “Exploratorium After Dark: Chill,” an evening devoted to the science behind relaxing. Guests include Dr. Clifford Saron of UC Davis’ Center for the Mind and Brain. [6 to 10 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

Crafty business: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts its Craft Bar with Etsy Labs. The evening includes jewelry making, knitting and crocheting, plus food and drinks. [6 to 9 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Funk band: The Ohio Players, specializing in funk and R&B, perform. The band’s hits include “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster.” [8 and 10 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Art opening:
Creativity Explored — a center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art — hosts an opening reception for its new exhibit, “Black and White and Read All Over.” [7 to 9 p.m., 3245 16th St., S.F.]

Classical guitarist:
Russian-Israeli classical guitarist Yuri Liberzon performs at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. [7:30 p.m., 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Volunteers wanted:
The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program seeks volunteers to help keep Crissy Field and the Presidio shoreline clean and free of weeds. [9 a.m. to noon, details/RSVP: www.parksconservancy.org]


Chaya Brasserie:
French and Japanese cuisines come together on chef Tetsuya Osaki’s menu. Recent dishes include a salad with baby beets and soft goat cheese; Dungeness crab cakes; ahi tartare; king salmon with fennel, Swiss chard, spinach and goat-cheese agnolotti, and a red-wine reduction; and filet mignon Rossini with potato-filled soba crepe, foie gras and Perigueux sauce. [132 The Embarcadero, S.F., (415) 777-8688]

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