May 22: Yuja Wang and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Experimental and electronic-pop musician Panda Bear, a founding member of Animal Collective, performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Lectures

John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge: The Economist journalists and authors of “The Fourth Revolution” discuss global economics and smart government. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Zahi Hawass: The Egyptian archaeologist gives a talk on recent discoveries of ancient Egyptian treasures. The evening supports the Legion of Honor’s acquisition of an ancient statuette and other items. [6 p.m., Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave., S.F.]

Literary events

Kaye McDonough: The playwright and poet talks about “Pagan: Selected Poems.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Sam Kean: The science writer talks about “The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

David Downing: The British espionage novelist talks about “Jack of Spies.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Chris Felver: The photographer celebrates the release of “American Jukebox.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore. 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Aimee Suzara: The poet, playwright and performer, joined by poets Barbara Jane Reyes and Janet Sapigao, reads from “Souvenir.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

String quartets: The Haydn Project, featuring four San Francisco Chamber Orchestra players, explores the string quartets of Franz Josef Haydn. [7:30 p.m., Cubberley Auditorium, School of Education, 485 Lasuen Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

Symphony concert

The San Francisco Symphony, with guest pianist Yuja Wang, presents Prokofiev’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” Debussy’s “Images” and other music. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Cat feat: “The Amazing Acro-cats,” a show featuring performing felines and a cat rock band, opens a nearly soldout run of 12 performances in The City. [8:30 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Heavy rock: Black Cobra — a duo formed in 2002 by Rafa Martinez and Jason Landrian that mixes stoner metal, Southern-fried sludge and Melvins-style drone — headlines a show also featuring The Cutthroats 9 and Wizard Rifle. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Rock band: The British alternative-rock group Band of Skulls, promoting its new album, “Himalayan,” brings its North America tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Mission Beach Cafe: The rabbit gumbo, with shrimp, andouille sausage, celery, carrot and peppers, is recommended. Also look for the pan-seared day-boat scallops, with fava beans, maitake mushrooms, peppers and roasted corn puree. [198 Guerrero St., S.F.; (415) 861-0198]

Nightlife

Crown heights: The California Academy of Sciences hosts “Skulls NightLife,” an evening celebrating the exhibit “Skulls.” More than 600 dead heads and live flesh-eating beetles are on view. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Performance

Multi-media: Accordionist-composer Merima Kljuco brings to life the dramatic story of the famed famous manuscript “The Sarajevo Haggadah” in a work that features live music and animation. [6:30 p.m., Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Music

Northwest indie bands: Portland-based rockers Wake Owl headline a bill also featuring Mimicking Birds. [9 p.m., Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Soundings No. 3: The inventive, San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet plays a program that includes Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe’s “String Quartet No. 14” (1998) with didjeridu accompaniment by guest artist Stephen Kent. [7:30 p.m., Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St., S.F.]

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