April 9: Haim and other SF events 

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  • Haim launches its North America tour, in celebration of its debut album, “Days Are Gone.”
Who’s in town

Economist and best-selling author Jeremy Rifkin discusses his new book, “The Zero Marginal Cost Society,” and theorizes that capitalism will lose its position as the dominant economic paradigm later in the century. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

T.V. Paul: The McGill University professor examines why Pakistan remains a heavily militarized warrior state and is not reaping the benefits of global trade and investment. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Joe R. McBride: The UC Berkeley professor discusses the history, ecology and future of the eucalyptus forest in the Bay Area. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Urban space: Speakers discuss whether open spaces, sidewalks and vacant lots should be used for urban agriculture or urban nature. Shaping San Francisco presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., S.F.]

U.S. Highway 101: Speakers discuss how U.S. Highway 101 can be made less congested and more efficient, and whether charging drivers to use the highway would be a smart way to go. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Michael Lewis: The best-selling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor, whose newest book is “Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt,” appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Tom and Lorenzo: Bloggers Tom Fitzgerald and Lorenzo Marquez present “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me: Tom & Lorenzo’s Fabulous and Opinionated Guide to Celebrity Life and Style.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Kristin Ohlson: The author of “The Soil Will Save Us” takes part in a panel discussion about the earth under our feet. [6 p.m., Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, second floor, Embarcadero at Market Street, S.F.]

John L’Heureux: The poet and fiction writer talks about his latest novel, “The Medici Boy.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Bill Reichert: The venture capitalist speaks at “Pitch the WOW!,” an event designed to guide startups and grow small businesses. [6 to 10 p.m., College of San Mateo, College Center Building 10, 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo]

Rock band

Haim launches its North America tour, in celebration of its debut album, “Days Are Gone.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Local activities

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Herbert Blomstedt and featuring guest pianist Garrick Ohlsson, pictured, presents music by Mozart and Bruckner. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Seder rapids: The “Downtown Seder” comes to San Francisco. Artists and performers — David Broza, Annie Sprinkle, Nato Green and others — give their take on the Passover story. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Short films: “Arab Shorts No. 1” includes narrative, documentary and animated short films that mirror the diversity of the Arab world. [7 p.m., Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., S.F.]

The Square: The baby back ribs, with polenta, cucumber and mint, are recommended today. A local-seafood dish, with black cod, cherrystone clams, mussels, shellfish broth and grilled bread, is also highlighted. [1707 Powell St., S.F.; (415) 525-3579]

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