Jan. 5: Aesop Rock, 'States of Grace' and more 

click to enlarge Film of faith: Filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman are speaking at a screening of "States of Grace." The documentary follows a woman's recovery from a horrific car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge with the support of her partner and family. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.] -  - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Film of faith: Filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman are speaking at a screening of "States of Grace." The documentary follows a woman's recovery from a horrific car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge with the support of her partner and family. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Who's in town

Jazz singer and pianist Nora Maki, who discovered jazz as a teenager in Japan, is performing an intimate set. [7:30 p.m., Zingari, 501 Post St., S.F.; www.noramaki.com]

Lectures

Silent voices: Dr. Robert Okin, chief of service at San Francisco General Hospital's psychiatry department, discusses the challenges faced by homeless people with mental illnesses, and factors that lead them to become homeless. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book talk: Rachael Kushner's novel "The Flamethrowers," in which a young Nevada woman navigates the 1970s art world, is the topic of discussion. [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Seniors gather to share and discuss poetry. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Math help: Youths who are struggling in math can receive free assistance. [5 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Study hall: A pilot program sets aside space for a study hall in which youths ages 5-18 and their tutors to work on homework. [5:30 p.m., North Beach Branch, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Old West art: "HARD WORDS: Memory and Death in the Wild West," an exhibition of Peter Rutledge Koch's prints and artifacts of the Wild West, is in its final weeks at UC Berkeley. [8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Geballe Room, Stephens Hall, South Drive and South Hall Road, UC Berkeley, Berkeley]

Frank exhibit: "Robert Frank in America," an exhibit showcasing the Swiss-born photographer's images of American workers, concludes its run. [11 a.m.-5 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford]

Local activities

Family film: "Pinocchio," about a puppet who longs to be a real boy, is the featured film this month at the Walt Disney Family Museum. [1:30 and 4 p.m., Walt Disney Family Museum, 104 Montgomery St., S.F.]

Theater in the works: The Word For Word theater troupe is doing a staged reading of Colm Toibin's "Two Women." Donations are appreciated. [7 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Local star: Singer Carol Doda, who scandalized the world as a dancer at The City's Condor Club in the 1960s, performs. [8 p.m., Tupelo, 1337 Green St., S.F.]

Rock show: San Francisco ambient-rock group Mosaics is topping a bill that also includes Jet Trash and The Nurseries. [9 p.m., Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Bluegrass twang: The Alabama Bowties perform bluegrass . [9 p.m., Amnesia, 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Film of faith: Filmmakers Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman are speaking at a screening of "States of Grace." The documentary follows a woman's recovery from a horrific car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge with the support of her partner and family. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

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