September 5: 'The Train' and other S.F. events 

Who's in town

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, performing with a sextet assembled from his "Magnetic" session, launches a four-day engagement at the SFJAZZ Center. [7:30 p.m., 201 Franklin St., S.F.]


John E. O'Grady: The estate attorney and mediator reveals the latest approaches to estate-planning questions in this talk featuring clips from familiar movies. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Design ideas: American Institute of Architects hosts a "PechaKucha 20x20" session in which architects, designers and planners give short presentations on the theme "Unbuilt San Francisco." [6 p.m., AIA SF, 130 Sutter St., S.F.]

Literary events

Michael Shea: The fantasy and sci-fi author talks about "Assault on Sunrise." [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Poetry night: Thursdays at Readers series holds its weekly poetry reading. Judith Ayn Bernhard and Alina Smiotanko are the featured poets today. [6:30 p.m., Readers Bookstore, Building C, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

At the colleges

Nonprofit fair: Annual Nonprofit Expo features information on internship, volunteer and employment opportunities with nonprofit organizations. [11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Gleeson Plaza, USF, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Entrepreneur's Club: Retinal surgeon, inventor and serial entrepreneur Eugene de Juan Jr. talks about being both an entrepreneur and a physician. [5:30 p.m., Campus Library, CL 220, UC San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Teen Crafts: The Mission branch invites youths ages 8-18 to cover their textbooks in vivid comics instead of brown paper. [3:30-5 p.m., Mission Teen Area, Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., S.F.]

Thursdays @ Noon Films: The documentary "Buena Vista Social Club" (1999), about Cuban music, is the featured film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Country music

Singer-songwriter Wayne the Train Hancock, who refers to his country sound as "juke-joint swing," performs a show. "Ride" is his latest album. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Things change: The Exploratorium hosts an After Dark evening of adult-oriented science and art. "Transformation" is the theme. Activities include origami artistry, makeup application and evolution talks. [6 to 10 p.m., Pier 15, S.F.]

LGBT history: "Out of the Past," celebrating local LGBT history, features talks, displays, films and music. It benefits Project Open Hand and the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society. [6 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Art reception: "Deceptivespective," an exhibit of new painted 3-D constructions by British artist Patrick Hughes, opens with a reception for the artist. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Scott Richards Contemporary Art, 251 Post St., S.F.]

Clothes encounters: NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences presents "Fashion Forward NightLife," an evening of science and style. Designers present wearable work, among other events. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Town Hall: Chef Max Hosey cooks regional and southern-inspired American cuisine. The heirloom tomato salad with watermelon, pine nuts and yogurt mousse is a highlighted starter dish today. Mary's buttermilk fried chicken, with smashed potatoes corn maque choux, and bacon gravy, is a longtime favorite entree. Also recommended: the barbecued gulf shrimp and the house-smoked ribs. [345 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 908-3900]


South American rock: Enanitos Verdes, a pop-rock band from Argentina, brings its "Tic Tac" tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Japanese music: Essence, a quartet that plays traditional and modern Japanese music, performs at Yerba Buena Gardens. [12:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade, 770 Mission St., S.F.]

Indie folk: The indie-folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger performs a concert in support of the pair's latest album, "Haw." [8 p.m., Café Du Nord, 2170 Market St., S.F.]


Food and film: "Brews and Views" launches its fall season with a "Dinner and a Movie" event. "The First Generation," a documentary, is the featured film. [6 p.m., Mavericks Event Center, 107 Broadway, Half Moon Bay;]


Baseball game: The Giants play the Arizona Diamondbacks. [7:15 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]


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