February 3: Waters and other SF events 

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  • Waters, a rock band featuring Van Pierszalowski, founding member of the folk and rock band Port O’Brien, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall.
Who’s in town

Stephen W. Bosworth, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea, the Philippines and Tunisia, and current dean emeritus at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, looks back on his foreign service career. [4:30 p.m., Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall, 616 Serra St., Stanford University, Stanford]


Orville Schell: The former UC Berkeley dean and professor and co-author of “Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century” discusses the rise of China. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Timothy Ferris: The science writer and UC Berkeley emeritus professor gives a talk titled “The State of the Universe.” A planetarium show follows. [7:30 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Literary events

“Wildwood” creators: Author-musician Colin Meloy and illustrator Carson Ellis discuss “Wildwood Imperium,” the third book in their “Wildwood Chronicles” epic-fantasy series. [7 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Kurt Timmermeister: The chef and author talks about “Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel: The journalists discuss “Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End of Life Care and the Hospice Movement.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

‘Burroughs at 100’: The series, which salutes author William S. Burroughs, begins with a program about Burroughs’ films. Filmmaker Mindaugis Bagdon provides commentary. [8 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Interior-design lecture: Joan Blumenfeld, interior design director at Perkins+Will, discusses her design process. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the library

Book discussion: The Western Addition Book Discussion Group talks about “To the Lighthouse,” by Virginia Woolf. [4:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Maker Mondays: Participants can make art projects such as duct-tape hats and roses, customized buttons and paper crafts in this program for ages 8 to 18. [4 p.m., Main Library, Children’s Creative Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Rock band

Waters, a rock band featuring Van Pierszalowski, founding member of the folk and rock band Port O’Brien, performs at Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Around town

Fun music: The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble presents “Some Serious Fun,” a concert of games-inspired music. Selections include Moritz Eggert’s “Pong.” [8 p.m., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

Bluegrass night: Monday is bluegrass night at Amnesia, a bar and music spot. Front Country, a local progressive-bluegrass band, performs today. Special guest: the Moonshine. [9 p.m., 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Funny biz: SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, runs through Feb. 9. A double bill featuring the Killing My Lobster troupe and the “Dale Radio” show is on the bill today. [8 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Dance class: “Swing or Nothing” classes teach how to dance the Lindy Hop. A four-week session starts today. [7 p.m. (beginner) and 8:30 p.m. (intermediate), Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.; www.swingornothing.com/mondays]

McCormick & Kuletto’s: Seafood dishes dominate chef Liz Ozanich’s menu. The Sacramento Delta farm-raised sturgeon, crusted with Zoe’s bacon and served with English peas, sugar snap peas, gnocchi and sherry brown-butter sauce, is recommended today. [900 North Point St., (415) 929-1730]


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