Laraine Newman, Dan Aykroyd at SF Sketchfest’s ‘Inside Joke’ 

Around town

Who’s in town

Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen appears in concert, performing works by Ravel, Handel, Brahms and Couperin. San Francisco Performances presents the program. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]


Max Levchin and Peter Thiel:
The PayPal founders and venture capitalists discuss what the future holds for high-tech innovation. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Kevin Starr:
The historian talks about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge and the significance of the bridge’s construction. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Peter O’Malley Pierson: The Santa Clara University history professor emeritus discusses the history of the city of Toledo and its impact on the art of El Greco. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Alma DuSolier and James Haig Streeter:
The consultants on the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Ocean Beach Master Plan discuss new public landscapes for coastal cities. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Levithan:
The fiction writer talks about “A Lover’s Dictionary,” his debut novel for adults. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Books for teens: Daisy Whitney (“The Mockingbirds”) and C. J. Omololu (“Dirty Little Secrets”) talk about their teen-geared novels. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Jazz concert:
The Mingus Dynasty performs. [8 p.m. Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Stanford University, Stanford]

New Year celebration: UCSF hosts its “Lunar New Year Celebration and Joy Luck Tree Benefit,” a fundraiser for its Asian Health Initiative. [11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cole Hall and Medical Sciences Building, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Art exhibit: “Textimonies” opens at USF. Related events include an introduction (1 p.m., Gleeson Library), reception (3:30 to 5 p.m., Gleeson Library), and lecture (5 p.m., Fromm Hall). [2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the public library

Fighting human trafficking:
Panel discusses the multi-agency effort being conducted to investigate human-trafficking cases and bring victims to safety. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jazz for kids:
M.B. Hanif conducts a Black History Month program featuring jazz for children. [11 a.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

New Year flora:
The Conservatory of Flowers’ “Lunar New Year Floral Display” features plants associated with the Lunar New Year — kumquat, orange blossoms and others. [10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

TV tributes: SF Sketchfest presents “Murphy Brown Tribute to Candice Bergen and Diane English” (7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F) and “Inside Joke” with early “Saturday Night Live” stars Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and others. (9 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter St., S.F.) []

Beethoven night: The San Francisco Symphony presents Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2. Featured soloists: Violinist Chee-Yun, cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianist Jeremy Denk. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

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