Electric Shepherd plays El Rio in San Francisco 

Who’s in town

Pianist Vijay Iyer, whose music connects the jazz idiom with the diversity of mainstream pop, hip hop, funk, and spoken word, performs a concert. The evening is part of San Francisco Performances’ Salons at the Rex series. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]


Jed Emerson:
The social entrepreneur, funder, investor and author of “Blended Value” gives a talk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Dona Crawford:
The associate director of computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory discusses the state of supercomputing in China and the United States. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brian Fisher: The entomologist discusses his insect-related research and the plants aand animals found on the biodiverse island of Madagascar. [12:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (800) 794-7576]

Literary events

Ishmael Reed:
The essayist, poet and novelist talks about “Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Dayna Macy:
The essayist talks about “Ravenous,” a memoir. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Katha Pollitt:
The Nation columnist and award-winning essayist gives a talk titled “What Do You Mean I’m Not Equal Yet?! Women in the 21st Century.” [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

Laurel Nakadate:
The multimedia artist and filmmaker discusses her work. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

‘Computers for Grown-ups’:
The session offers hands-on computer coaching for adults. [3:30 to 5 p.m., Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-2810]

Local activities

Rock bands:
Electric Shepherd, a band specializing in the San Francisco psychedelic sound, performs at El Rio, sharing the bill with Skinwalkers and Necronauts. [8 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Job fair: The San Francisco LGBT Community Center hosts its LGBT Job Fair. Bring copies of your resume. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1800 Market St., S.F.; info/register: www.sfcenter.org]

Symphony concert:
The San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, performs Mozart’s “Requiem” featuring vocalists and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus conducted by Ragnar Bohlin and Morton Feldman’s “Rothko Chapel.” [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Dining out

Waterfront Restaurant:
Seafood and California cuisine are on the menu at this Embarcadero restaurant. Selections include cioppino (Dungeness crab, Manila clams, prawns, tomato broth); seafood pasta (handmade linguini, lobster, rock shrimp, mussels, Dungeness crab, clams, white-wine lemon-garlic broth); and grass-fed New York strip steak with extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt and wild baby arugula. [Pier 7, Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 391-2696]

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