The Toure-Raichel Collective play the Herbst Theatre 

click to enlarge Music collaboration: The Toure-Raichel Collective, featuring Malian singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Israeli pop star Idan Raichel, presents a night of collaboration and improvisation. - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Music collaboration: The Toure-Raichel Collective, featuring Malian singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Israeli pop star Idan Raichel, presents a night of collaboration and improvisation.

Who’s in town

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses the U.S. and global economies. [1 p.m., Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.; sold out; visit www.commonwealthclub.org to be placed on the wait list]

Lectures

Marc Freedman:
The author of “The Big Shift” discusses how people can find encores in their post-midlife years and how our society can turn midlife crises into midlife opportunities. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Stephanie Pearson: The art history scholar and Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley gives a talk titled “A Day in the Life of an Archaeologist at Pompeii.” [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

David Vann:
The novelist talks about “Dirt.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Doron Weber: The New York-based nonfiction writer presents “Immortal Bird: A Family Memoir.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Two fiction writers: Catherine Brady (“Curled in the Bed of Love”) and Lysley Tenorio (“Monstress”) read from their story collections. [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Eric Erlandson:
The musician and co-founder of the alternative-rock band Hole talks about “Letters to Kurt.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

‘Chancellor’s Concert Series’:
Pianist Daniel Glover performs Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21, Op. 53 “Waldenstein’” and Schubert-Liszt’s “Die Erikonig.” [Noon, Cole Hall, UC San Francisco,  513 Parnassus Ave., S.F.]

Flash fiction:
The program, titled “Told in a Flash: Sudden and Micro Fiction,” features a panel of local flash-fiction authors chaired by Lizette Wanzer. [6 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.]

At the public library

National Poetry Month:
Guywriters presents four poets reading both their own works and the works of poets who have inspired them. [6 p.m., Gay and Lesbian Center, 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 by the end of the month. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Music collaboration:
The Toure-Raichel Collective, featuring Malian singer-guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Israeli pop star Idan Raichel, presents a night of collaboration and improvisation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Breakfast fundraiser: Family and Children Services hosts its 2012 Circle of Support Breakfast. Writer-comedian Brian Copeland is the featured guest. [8 a.m., Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; www.fcservices.org]

Bites and vibes: The San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Taste n’ Groove, a night of local food and live music. [5:30 to 9 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo]

Stage drama: The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” playwright Pearl Cleage’s drama centering on a group of characters living in Harlem in 1930. [8 p.m., LHT, 450 Post St., S.F.]

Dining out

Bin 38:
Starter dishes include warm asparagus salad, with prosciutto, fried bread, aged balsamic, grana padano and a 63-degree egg. For an entree, try pappardelle short ribs. [10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3232 Scott St., S.F.; (415) 567-3838]

Music

Party:
Beat-heavy Afrolicious celebrates five years with the first of a two-night gig at the Elbo Room. [9:30 p.m., 647 Valencia St., S.F.]

Electronica: Eclectic French musician Joakim headlines a show presented by No Way Back. [9:30 p.m., Public Works, 161 Erie St., S.F.]

Music fest: San Francisco State University students host the second annual Rhythms Music Festival, a free three-day event. Today’s headliner is Toro y Moi, below, from Los Angeles. [1 to 9 p.m., SFSU library annex, near Winston Drive and Lake Merced Boulevard, S.F.]

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