May 20: The Crucible and other SF events 

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  • Custom Made Theatre Company presents “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s 1690s-set witch-trial-themed play and allegory for the 1950s’ McCarthy hearings.
PERSON IN TOWN

Statistic gurus and “Freakonomics” authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner talk about how to make harder and smarter decisions. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.commonwealthclub.org]

LECTURES

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s International Forum holds its May discussion. “Climate Change and Food Security” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Sylvia Earle and Tierney Thys: The ocean scientists share stories about deep waters, plus good and bad news about the present and future state of our seas. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.; www.longnow.org]

LITERARY

Mona Simpson: The novelist talks about “Casebook.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Howard Norman: The novelist reads from “Next Life Might Be Kinder.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Poetry and jazz: The Word Party, a night of open-mike poetry, presents its May edition. Poets Jennifer Barone and Ingrid Keir host the evening. Nova Jazz provides live music. [8 p.m., Viracocha, 998 Valencia St., S.F.]

Chef and award-winning food journalist Ruth Reichl talks about her debut novel, “Delicious!” [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto; www.commonwealthclub.org]

COLLEGES

Art exhibit: Academy of Art University hosts its “Spring Show 2014,” an exhibition featuring student talent in all majors. [10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 2225 Jerrold Ave., S.F.]

PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Elise Juska: The author reads from her latest novel, “The Blessings.” [7 p.m., Belmont Library, 1110 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Belmont]

Elder care: Mary Hulme, of Moonstone Geriatrics, discusses care options for the elderly. [6:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

CITY

American theater: Custom Made Theatre Company presents “The Crucible,” Arthur Miller’s 1690s-set witch-trial-themed play and allegory for the 1950s’ McCarthy hearings. [8 p.m., Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough St., S.F.]

Two painters: Works by contemporary painters Richard Annunzio Moquin and Peter Scaturro are on view at Museo ItaloAmericano. [Noon to 4 p.m., Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Americana and indie-rock singer-songwriter Damien Jurado performs a concert to promote his latest album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

Student films: San Francisco State University cinema students present their “54th Film Finals,” a program showcasing emerging talent and SFSU’s diversity of approaches to filmmaking. [7 p.m., Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, 1881 Post St., S.F.]

DINING OUT

Trou Normand: Charcuterie figures prominently on chef Salvatore Cracco’s menu at this restaurant and bar, a certified charcuterie site. Try the pates of fresh ham, salami cotto or charcuterie. The pork chop, too, is highlighted, as are cocktails. The drinks come from the Bar Agricole program. [140 New Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 975-0876]

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