January 6: 'Touch of Sin' and other SF events 

[image-1] Who’s in town

Spanish tenor and conductor Placido Domingo appears as a special guest with the San Francisco Symphony. The evening salutes Gordon Getty. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Ray Mabus: The U.S. secretary of the navy discusses the future of fuels and national security in the age of climate disruption. The program is slated to be videotaped for a future TV airing. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Privatization consequences: Speakers discuss what happens to the urban environment when for-profit groups privatize the government. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Fresh Festival: Achieving change and “co-operation by choice, resourcefulness, and flexibility” is the theme of a community meeting hosted by Arts Building Consortium. [7:30 p.m., CounterPulse Underground, 80 Turk St., S.F.]

Literary events

Helene Wecker: The novelist talks about “The Golem and the Jinni.” [7 p.m., Borderlands Books, 866 Valencia St., S.F.]

Book talk: Session features a discussion of “My Father’s Ghost Climbing in the Rain,” the U.S. debut of Patricio Pron, one of Granta’s “Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists.” [5:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Quiet Lightning: Submission-based reading series presents an evening of literature and art. Readers include Anthony Jones, David Koehn, A.D. Winans, and others. [7:30 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Judaism and sexuality: “Sex and the Jewish Soul: Sexual Ethics, Gender, and Judaism” is the theme of a talk given by rabbi and Stanford lecturer Patricia Karlin-Neumann. [7 p.m., 124 Wallenberg Hall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Book group: Western Addition Book Group discusses “Runaway,” by Alice Munro. [4:30 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Senior and disability help: Aging and Disability Resource Center visits the library to provide referrals and form-completion help to seniors and people with disabilities. [10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Chinese film

“A Touch of Sin,” Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke’s poetic drama about four people in different provinces of China who are driven to violent ends, is playing at the Roxie Theater. [6:45 and 9:30 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Local activities

Bands and DJs: Bones of a Feather, a cover band, and the Pull, a funk and soul group, perform at El Rio. A “Radical Vinyl DJs” session, featuring funk, punk, hip hop, and oldies, follows. [7 p.m., 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Bike maintenance: A three-Monday class in internal maintenance for bicycles begins. No previous bike knowledge is required. [6:30 p.m., San Francisco Bike Kitchen, 650H Florida St., S.F.; www.sfbike.org]

Bluegrass night: Monday is bluegrass night at the Amnesia bar and music spot. Front Country, a locally based Americana and bluegrass band, performs. [9 p.m., 853 Valencia St., S.F.]

Dance class: “Swing or Nothing” classes teach how to dance the Lindy Hop. No partner is necessary. [7 p.m. (beginner) and 8:30 p.m. (intermediate), Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., S.F.; www.swingornothing.com/mondays]

Dixie: Bay Area cuisine reflecting southern influences is on the menu. The fried chicken is recommended. It is soaked in buttermilk for 24 to 48 hours before frying. Cheese grits complete the dish. [1 Letterman Drive, Presidio of S.F.; (415) 829-3363]

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