January 14: Maria Taylor and other SF events 

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  • Rock and folk singer-songwriter Maria Taylor performs a concert in support of her latest record, “Something About Knowing.”
Who’s in town

Rock and folk singer-songwriter Maria Taylor appears on a tour promoting her latest album “Something About Knowing.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Lectures

Ed Lu: The former astronaut, now CEO of the B612 Foundation, discusses his mission to detect and track the million asteroids that have the potential to destroy any major city on Earth. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Therese Poletti: The journalist discusses the immigrant entrepreneurs who founded leading San Francisco department stores. The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society presents the talk. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Literary events

Maria Hummel: The novelist discusses “Motherland.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Randy Shaw: The executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic discusses “The Activist’s Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Alisa Solomon: The drama critic and Jewish historian discusses “Fiddler at 50: Celebrating a Half-Century of Fiddler on the Roof.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Christina Hanhardt: The Maryland-based associate American-studies professor discusses “The Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Dan Riley: The author and former Center for Inquiry organizer discusses his new book, “Generation Atheist.” [7:30 p.m., Building 370 Room 370, Main Quad, Stanford University, Stanford]

Francine Toder: The clinical psychologist and author of “The Vintage Years” discusses how involvement in fine arts can improve brain fitness. [1 p.m., San Francisco State Downtown Campus, Room 677, 835 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Literary theater: The Word for Word literary-theater company performs Jess Walter’s short story “Don’t Eat Cat.” [6 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Craft project: Adult-geared session shows how to embellish an ordinary vase or plate with sea glass. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 355-5770 or psimgr@sfpl.org]

Satirical play

Custom Made Theatre presents “The Pain and the Itch,” Bruce Norris’ satirical play about an upper-middle-class family, a Muslim taxi driver, and politics of class and race. [8 p.m., Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

Local activities

German art show: “Superposition,” an exhibit of work by five contemporary artists from Berlin and Leipzig, Germany, opens in San Francisco with a reception. [6:30 to 10 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 530 Bush St., S.F.]

Rock and folk: Grammy-winning rock and folk singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin appears at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Rock and folk singer-songwriter Maria Taylor performs a concert in support of her latest record, “Something About Knowing.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Rock trio: Black Cobra Vipers, a locally based alternative-rock trio currently promoting its self-titled EP, performs at the Chapel. [8 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Umami: Sumo hour happens nightly at this Japanese tavern. Sushi selections include a California roll (with snow crab), an Alaska roll (with salmon) and a spicy butterfish roll. Additional edibles include edamame hummus and Kobe sliders. [2909 Webster St., S.F.; (415) 346-3431]

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