May 15: Connan Mockasin and other SF events 

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  • Connan Mockasin, a psychedelic-pop musician from New Zealand, performs a show to promote his latest album, “Caramel.”
Who’s in town

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Rick Atkinson presents “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Europe, 1944-1945,” the final book in his “Liberation Trilogy.” [6 p.m., Marines’ Memorial Club, 609 Sutter St., S.F.;]


Aaron Hurst: The Taproot Foundation founder presents a blueprint for a new economic era that is transforming work, organizations and markets to better serve people and the world. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Secondary housing: A panel discusses how secondary-housing units can add to housing stock while respecting neighborhood character. Speakers also discuss plans that would legalize secondary-unit construction. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Gabrielle Selz: The writer and storyteller with her father, art historian Peter Selz, presents “Unstill Life: A Daughter’s Memoir of Art and Love in the Age of Abstraction.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

John Hewitt: The local author shares his latest work of screwball fiction, “Drone Baloney.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Harriet Elinor Smith: The editor at the Mark Twain Project discusses “Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition” [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

Steven Pressman: The journalist and filmmaker discusses “50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Art talk: Faculty, curators and scholars discuss the photography of Carleton Watkins and the Yosemite-themed exhibit “Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums.” [5:30 p.m., Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Managing Your Money: The lecture by Eloisa Gonzales of Wells Fargo presents concrete steps in developing a financial plan. [5:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “Eight Men Out” (1988), filmmaker John Sayles’ dramatization of baseball’s “Black Sox” scandal, screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Psychedelic pop

Connan Mockasin, a psychedelic-pop musician from New Zealand, performs a show to promote his latest album, “Caramel.” [9 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Local activities

A sound offer: “ConVerge” event explores the physicality of sound through performances by the women’s ensemble 0th and the spatial acoustic concert series Infrasound. [4 to 8 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Kung Pao Kosher Comedy’s “Comedy Returns to El Rio” series presents its fifth-anniversary show. Featured comedians include Karen Ripley and Dhaya Lakshminarayanan. [8 p.m., El Rio, 3158 Mission St., S.F.]

Indie rock: British alternative-rock band Maximo Park’s fifth studio album is “Too Much Information.” [8:30 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Waterbar: The grilled king salmon is recommended today. It is served with allium-miso broth, snap peas, maitake and spring blossoms. The seared opah, with baby artichoke, tabouleh, saffron fondue and red flame grape, is also highlighted. [399 Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 284-9922]


Benefit bash: The Exploratorium hosts its 2014 Spring Gala, an arts-themed fundraiser consisting of a reception and dinner (6 p.m.) and an after-party with cocktails and dancing (9 p.m.). [Pier 15, S.F.;]


Singer-songwriter: Priscilla Ahn’s new album “This Is Where We Are” has an electro-pop feel and is filled with her airy vocals and Everly-grade harmonies. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F;]


Fine art exhibit: California College of the Arts' 2014 MFA Thesis Exhibition of works by master’s degree students opens with a public reception. [6 p.m., 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]


Brews and views: Jane Gardner and Joe Rodriguez, partners with Harbour Consulting, a San Francisco-based consulting group working on The Big Lift, a San Mateo County education initiative, speak at Half Moon Bay Brewing Company. [6 p.m., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

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