Bon Iver comes to Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 

click to enlarge Indie folk: The Grammy-winning indie-folk and indie-rock band Bon Iver brings its spring-summer tour to San Francisco. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Indie folk: The Grammy-winning indie-folk and indie-rock band Bon Iver brings its spring-summer tour to San Francisco.

Who’s in town

Stéphane Denève
, leading the San Francisco Symphony, begins a four-performance series featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. [2 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Vaughn Walker:
The retired chief U.S. district judge for the Northern District of California discusses issues and challenges facing the legal profession and courts. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. ]

Dale Carpenter: The professor of civil rights law discusses Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court ruling that expanded the legal rights of millions of gay and lesbian Americans. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

‘Power Poll’: Three experts on energy and public opinion look at the public attitudes underneath the debate about the nation’s energy future. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Jonathan Moscone: California Shakespeare Theater’s award-winning artistic director appears in conversation. The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District presents the evening. [7 p.m., Intersection for the Arts, 925 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Thomas Peele:
The journalist discusses “Killing the Messenger: A Story of Radical Faith, Racism’s Backlash, and the Assassination of a Journalist.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Angela Davis-Gardner: The novelist presents “Butterfly’s Child.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Julie Bruck: The poet talks about “Monkey Ranch.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

Constituent services:
Staff members from U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s office answer questions about federal agencies, programs and benefits. [4 to 7 p.m., Stong Room, Main Library,  100 Larkin St., S.F.]

‘Family Literacy Night’: The session features stories, crafts and snacks for the whole family. [5 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]


Arts education:
Root Division, an arts and arts-education nonprofit, hosts Taste 2012, its spring fundraiser. Local food, drink, art and music are on the bill. [7:30 to 10:30 p.m., 3175 17th St., S.F.]


Burlesque fun:
Tease-O-Rama opens a series of weekend performances with a party and show. [9 p.m., DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F. ]

Local activities

Gallery talks:
Observing Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Contemporary Jewish Museum hosts special short talks. The focus is on artistic responses to the Holocaust that are found in CJM exhibits. [1:30 to 7:30 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Indie folk: The Grammy-winning indie-folk and indie-rock band Bon Iver brings its spring-summer tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Museum party: The California Academy of Sciences hosts its Big Bang: Party After Dark. Guests include Khan Academy founder Salman Khan and the soul band Fitz and the Tantrums. [8:30 p.m. to midnight, 50 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Catch: Chef Jeremias Guerra cooks fresh seafood and creative fare. Recommended today is the sauteed blue talapia, with caramelized shallots, spinach, crispy potato and lemon caper sauce. [2362 Market St., S.F.; (415) 431-5000]

Music and more

‘Chamber Music Masters’:
Menahem Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, performs works by Brahms, Debussy and Faure. [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

‘Salon97’: The inaugural “New Lens Concert Series” kicks off with a “meet the artists” conversation and performance featuring Garrett Shatzer, Juhi Bansal and the Finisterra Trio. [7 to 9:30 p.m., a.Muse Gallery, 614 Alabama St., S.F.]

Documentary film: “Menachem and Fred,” a 2008 German movie about two Jewish brothers from a small town who reunite 60 years after being separated during the war, screens. [6 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

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