March 5: Honoring Philip Seymour Hoffman and other SF events 

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  • The Castro Theatre launches a Wednesday series remembering the films and talent of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Capote” (7 p.m.) and “The Master” (9:10 p.m.) screen.
Who’s in town

Hip-hop artist G-Eazy brings his “These Things Happen” Tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

China and the environment: Elizabeth Economy and Michael A. Levi from the Council on Foreign Relations discuss China’s economic rise and its impact on global resources. [6:30 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Padmasree Warrior: Cisco’s chief technology and strategy officer discusses the future of technology and the opportunities it could hold for businesses, governments and education. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Ezekiel Tyrus: The novelist talks about “Eli, Ely.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Two authors: Nonfiction writer and philosopher Alain de Botton (“The News: A User’s Manual”) and novelist and humor writer Adam Gopnik (“Paris to the Moon”) discuss their books. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Carol Cassella: The novelist talks about “Gemini.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Kim Bancroft: The writer, editor and teacher talks about “Literary Industries: Chasing a Vanishing West.” [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Two novelists: David Grand (“Mount Terminus”) and Wesley Stace (“Wonderkid”) celebrate the release of their new novels. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Art lecture: Lecturer and curator Sidra Stitch gives a talk titled “Surrealism: The Interwar Years.” [4:15 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Civil Grand Jury: The presentation looks at the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury’s purpose, the nature and impact of its investigations, and its members. [7 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Book discussion: Sunset Book Group discusses “The Street of a Thousand Blossoms” by Gail Tsukiyama. [7 p.m., Sunset Branch, 1305 18th Ave., S.F.]

Actor tribute

The Castro Theatre launches a Wednesday series remembering the films and talent of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. “Capote” (7 p.m.) and “The Master” (9:10 p.m.) screen. [429 Castro St., S.F.]

Local activities

Country-rock veterans: Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, the 1967-founded country, rock, swing, rockabilly, blues and boogie-woogie band, perform at Yoshi’s. [8 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Chess class: The Mechanics’ Institute hosts its chess class for adults. The session is designed for those who learned to move the chess pieces during childhood but would like to learn more. [6 p.m., 57 Post St., S.F.]

Comic hip-hop: Leslie and the LY’s — the pop, hip-hop and comedy band fronted by gem-sweater maven Leslie Hall — appear at the Rickshaw Stop. [8 p.m., 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Tuba: The karnıyarık — eggplant, stuffed with ground beef, tomatoes, onions and chopped parsley, and then baked — is recommended. It is served with rice and salad. Also look for the flame-broiled marinated lamb chops, with rice and veggies. [1007 Guerrero St., S.F.; (415) 826-8822]

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