September 26: People Show and other SF events 

click to enlarge People Show, an alternative-theater company from the United Kingdom, presents "The Detective Show," a play with comedy, drama and a murder mystery.
  • People Show, an alternative-theater company from the United Kingdom, presents "The Detective Show," a play with comedy, drama and a murder mystery.

Who's in town

Singer Linda Ronstadt, discussing her career and her memoir, "Simple Dreams," appears in an onstage conversation hosted by City Arts and Lectures. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Art talk: Karin Breuer, a curator with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, gives a talk titled "Contemporary Print Processes: From Photo to Digital." [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Architect forum: Architects and designers featured in the American Institute of Architects' "San Francisco Living: Home Tours" project discuss their work. [6 p.m., AIA-SF, 130 Sutter St., Suite 600, S.F.; register: www.aiasf.org]

Literary events

Stephen Jimenez: The journalist and producer discusses "The Book of Matt." [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Poetry night: The "Thursdays at Readers" series holds its weekly poetry reading. Luke Warm Water and Kristina Brown are tonight's featured poets. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Susan Spann: The debut novelist talks about "Claws of the Cat: A Shinobi Mystery." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Jason Jagel: The locally based, award-winning artist discusses his work and its relationship with text, including his two children's books. [5:30 p.m., Room 193, Fine Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Chancellor's Concert Series: The Alexander String Quartet performs Britten's "String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36." [Noon, Cole Hall, USCF, 513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: "Calle 54" (2001), a documentary about Latin jazz, is this week's featured film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Great Teen Book Swap: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review in return. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Murder mystery

People Show, an alternative-theater company from the United Kingdom, presents "The Detective Show," a play with comedy, drama and a murder mystery. [8 p.m., Southside Theater, Building D, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Local activities

Symphony concert: The San Francisco Symphony, joined by pianist Emanuel Ax, presents Mahler's "Blumine," Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and other music. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Influence-maker: Linda Perhacs, known for 1970's "Parallelograms" — a landmark album for followers of psychedelia, folk and female singer-songwriters — appears. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O'Farrell St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Susanne Sundfor, a singer-songwriter from Norway whose music has an indie-rock and electronic sound, performs at the Chapel. "The Silicone Veil" is her latest release. [9 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Chaya Brasserie: French-Asian cuisine is on chef Yuko Kajino's menu. The arare-crusted ahi tuna, with Dungeness crab, green beans, lemon-onion marmalade, eggplant and ponzu beurre blanc, is recommended today. Also try the filet mignon, with butterball potatoes, creamed Swiss chard, and black-truffle sauce. Appetizer highlights include two salads: rainbow sashimi and seaweed; and Lacinato kale. [132 The Embarcadero, S.F.; (415) 777-8688]

Party

Gill-oriented: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Salute to Steinhart NightLife," a 1920s-themed evening honoring the Steinhart Aquarium's 90th anniversary. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music

Electro-rock pioneer: Depeche Mode brings its "Delta Machine" world tour to the Bay Area. [7:30 p.m., Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View]

Indie rock: Progressive, experimental band The Dear Hunter appears with a string quartet. [8 p.m., Regency Ballroom, 1290 Sutter St., S.F.]

Three violins: Jazz artist Regina Carter plays with Jenny Scheinman and Sara Caswell. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 205 Franklin St., S.F.]

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