September 16: Journey and other SF events 

click to enlarge The rock band Journey performs a concert featuring hits such as "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Open Arms." - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The rock band Journey performs a concert featuring hits such as "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Open Arms."

Who's in town

Composer John Williams, known for his scores for "Star Wars," "Jaws," "E.T.," and other popular films, conducts the San Francisco Symphony in a concert of his movie music. Director Steven Spielberg guest-hosts the evening's second half. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.; (415) 864-6000]


Green journalism: Media-world panelists discuss the state of environmental journalism, the future of investigative reporting and why we should care about the environment. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Global town hall: The World Affairs Council's International Forum holds its September discussion. "Comparing Global Education: Which System Is Smartest?" is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Junot Diaz: The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist talks about "This Is How You Lose Her." [11 a.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Marisha Pessl: The best-selling author launches her new novel, "Night Film." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Epicenter series: Litquake series features authors in conversation. Novelist Cristina Garcia ("King of Cuba"), talking with Oscar Villalon from Zyzzyva, is the featured writer today. [7 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer: The editors of "Art and Queer Culture" discuss how the codes and cultures of homosexuality have provided a creative resource for artists. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Job Seekers Lab: Session is for those who need computer access or staff help to create or update résumés, apply for work or search online for jobs. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Computer Training Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Chocolate story time: Family-geared session features books, songs, rhymes and a tasting opportunity celebrating the tradition of Mexican chocolate, or cacahuatl. [3:30 p.m., Park Branch, 1833 Page St., S.F.]


Meet the Beatles' secretary: "Good Ol' Freda," a documentary film in which Freda Kelly, longtime secretary and friend to the Beatles, tells her stories, is playing at the Roxie Theater. [7 and 9 p.m., 3117 16th St., S.F.]

Rock concert

The rock band Journey performs a concert featuring hits such as "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Open Arms." Tower of Power opens the show. [7:30 p.m., America's Cup Pavilion, between Piers 27-29, S.F.]

Local activities

Chamber music: The Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, joined by soprano Christine Brandes, presents "Point/Counterpoint," a concert exploring simplicity and complexity. [8 p.m., Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., S.F.]

New dance: Dance Mission Theater presents its West Wave Dance Festival entry, "The Beat of 24th and Mission," an evening of new dance. Featured troupes include Dance Brigade. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Storytelling series: The Porchlight storytelling series presents its September edition. "Stories of leaving" are on the bill. Storytellers include travel writer Stuart Schuffman ("Broke-Ass Stuart"). [8 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Brain makers: "The Singularity," director Doug Wolens' new film about the future existence of computers with superhuman intelligence, screens at the Castro Theatre along with two other films by Wolens. [429 Castro St., S.F.; (415) 621-6120]

Jardiniere: Chef-owner Traci Des Jardins, serving French-California cuisine, features three-course pre-fixe dinners ($49) on Mondays. "Savory & Sweet Sixteen," celebrating the restaurant's 16th anniversary, is today's theme. Dishes include Jardineire mushroom soup and seared local tuna with summer-vegetable minestrone and basil puree; and opera cake. Wine pairings are included. [300 Grove St., S.F.; (415) 861-5555]


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