January 28: 'Jerusalem' and other SF events 

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  • San Francisco Playhouse presents “Jerusalem,” Jez Butterworth’s comedic play centering on a boastful ne’er-do-well with an English soul and a touch of the grand.
Who’s in town

Comedian Mike Birbiglia performs “Thank God for Jokes” in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon St., S.F.]

Lectures

Energy grid: Speakers describe what they believe it will to take to create a reliable, safe and sustainable electricity grid. [11:30 a.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee: The authors of “The Second Machine Age” discuss the economic effect of brilliant computers and how we must use ingenuity to race with machines. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Preserving Japantown: Speakers discuss a city-adopted economic strategy intended to preserve and promote the cultural heritage of San Francisco’s Japantown. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

John Martini: The author of “Sutro’s Glass Palace” speaks at the San Francisco History Association’s January meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jessica Alexander: The author of “Chasing Chaos” discusses the book about her years in the humanitarian-aid community. [6 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.; 7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Jacob Needleman: The philosopher and bestselling author talks about “An Unknown World.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Melinda Chateauvert: The activist and historian presents “Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement From Stonewall to Slutwalk.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Chinese music: Weishan Liu and Anna Wong, of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society, perform a concert of guzheng (an ancient Chinese stringed instrument) music. [5 p.m., University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Lars Muller: The Switzerland-based graphic designer and publisher talks about analog awareness in times of digital saturation. [6 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Latino parent group: Latino parents are invited to take part in a support group that addresses important issues such as bullying and parent leadership. Discussion is in Spanish. [3 to 5 p.m., Bayview Branch, 5075 Third St., S.F.]

Contemporary theater

San Francisco Playhouse presents “Jerusalem,” Jez Butterworth’s comedic play centering on a boastful ne’er-do-well with an English soul and a touch of the grand. [7 p.m., 450 Post St., S.F.]

Local activities

French music: Presented by Noontime Concerts, Duo W — violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan and cellist Meta Weiss — perform works by Milhaud, Ravel and Servais. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Hip hop: Troy, of Legends Live Forever, headlines a show with Money Block, Fly Street Gang, Squidy Bo and host Money Alwayz. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Latin jazz: Grammy-nominated Latin-jazz percussionist Christian Pepin performs with his ensemble. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Le Colonial: The Dine About Town menu is highlighted. The entree is oven-roasted seaweed-wrapped tofu; slow-braised pinwheel short ribs; or coconut-water-braised pork leg. Dessert options include passion-fruit mousse. [20 Cosmo Place, S.F.; (415) 931-3600]

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