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.

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.;]


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.;]


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;]


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.]


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.]


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.]


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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