Alanis Morissette benefit show highlights Thursday full of arts and entertainment in San Francisco 

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette headlines a concert benefiting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Comedian Jay Leno opens the show. [6:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]
Tom Torlakson: The state superintendent of public instruction discusses the future of California’s school system. The talk is part of the Brews and Views series. [6 to 8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Princeton-by-the-Sea]

Social capital: SOCAP, a group dedicated to the flow of capital toward social good, presents a preview of the ideas and issues that will be addressed at its upcoming conference. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Art-history lecture: Textile curator Jill D’Alessandro gives a talk titled “Anatolian Archetypes: The McCoy Jones Kilim Collection.” [1 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events
David Meltzer: The Beat poet celebrates the release of “When I Was a Poet.” [7:30 p.m., Meridian Gallery, 535 Powell St., S.F.]

Mike Weiss: The writer and reporter talks about “Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges
Alumni Recital Series: The Delphi Trio performs music by Jalbert, Ravel and Mendelssohn. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

At the public library
Music documentary: The program features a screening of part one of the PBS documentary “Latin Music USA” (2009). [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. [2:30 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities
Cartoon reading: The Cartoon Art Museum and SF Zinefest present “Thinking Captions,” an evening featuring small-press cartoonists reading from their cartoons. [7 p.m., Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., S.F.]

Material world: The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts its September Craft Bar with Etsy Labs. Special guests: staff from Britex Fabrics, showing how to make a pair of spats. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Stand-up show: Comedian Ian Bagg performs at the Punch Line. Ripe TV’s “The Hollywood Burn” and his own talk show, “The Ian Bagg Show,” are among Bagg’s credits. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]


Music and dance
Brazilian music: The Ivan Lins Quartet performs at Yoshi’s. Lins is one of Brazil’s most recorded and best-known popular-music and jazz composers. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Party: Let’s Go Dance@Jessie!, in Jessie Square in front of the Contemporary Jewish Museum, hosts dance lessons and the local salsa group, Avance. [6 to 7 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]


Dining out
Ana Mandara: Chef Khai Duong’s cooking combines Vietnamese cuisine with French culinary techniques. Pan-roasted California white bass is recommended today. It is served with Dungeness crab and bacon hash on red onion puree with pinot noir vinaigrette. [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]

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