'80s-formed ska band The Toasters performing at Red Devil Lounge 

click to enlarge The Toasters perform at the Red Devil Lounge. The 1980s-formed group is one of the longest active third-wave ska bands. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The Toasters perform at the Red Devil Lounge. The 1980s-formed group is one of the longest active third-wave ska bands.

Third-wave ska: The Toasters perform at the Red Devil Lounge. The 1980s-formed group is one of the longest active third-wave ska bands. [8 p.m., 1695 Polk St., S.F.]

 

Who's in town

Ann Patchett: The author reads from her work. “State of Wonder” is her latest novel. [8 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Zambrano Hall, Knight Management Center, Stanford University]



Lectures

‘Sun Spots’: Panelists discuss ambitious plans to locate clean-energy installations in the California desert. Speakers include David Hayes, U.S. deputy secretary of the interior. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Steven Cook: The author of “The Struggle for Egypt” explores Egypt’s history, recent revolution and future. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Enrico Deaglio: The Italian journalist discusses his book “La banalita del bene.” The evening is held in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Book group: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club discusses “In the Garden of the Beasts” by Erik Larson. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Baroque master class: Jeffrey Thomas, artistic director of American Bach Soloists, coaches voice students on excerpts from Handel’s “Agrippina.” [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Alejandro Mohar: The director of the National Cancer Institute of Mexico conducts a seminar titled “A National Cancer Plan for Mexico.” [1 p.m., UCSF, Bakar Auditorium, Helen & Family Cancer Research Building, 1450 Third St., S.F.]

Nursing program: USF’s School of Nursing presents an overview of its master’s and doctoral degree options. [4 p.m., USF, Lone Mountain 203, 2800 Turk Blvd., S.F.; RSVP: tai@usfca.edu]

At the public library

Lorri Ungaretti: The local historian presents her new book of photographs offering a visual history of San Francisco’s Sunset district, from Arcadia Publishing’s “Then & Now” series. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Chinese New Year: Asian Art Museum storytellers explore Chinese New Year traditions through art and stories. [3:30 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]

Local activities

New play: The Magic Theatre’s Virgin Play Series presents a reading of an in-progress script of Liz Duffy Adams’ “A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Swedish rock: The Swedish hard-rock band Graveyard performs at Slim’s. “Hisingen Blues” is the group’s most recent album. [8 p.m., 333 11th St., S.F.]

Open-mic storytelling: Porchlight’s monthly “Open Door” series presents a small-stage session of open-mic storytelling. “The One That Got Away” is January’s theme. [7 p.m., Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

Belafonte documentary: “Sing Your Song,” a documentary film profiling singer, songwriter, actor and civil-rights champion Harry Belafonte, is playing at the Roxie Theater. [6:45 and 8:45 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

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