Guy Kawasaki
It might seem like black magic the way Apple has managed to convince so many people that the latest version of whatever Apple produces is as necessary as food and water. Guy Kawasaki, a venture capitalist and legendary marketing guru who played a major role in Apple’s product evangelism, demystifies the magic behind “the art of changing hearts, minds and actions” for this Monday’s installment of the Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley speaker series.

Brandon Mull
Fablehaven, a secret nature preserve that serves as a refuge for mystical creatures, is the creation of Brandon Mull. Over the past five years, Mull’s Fablehaven series has steadily climbed the New York Times list of best selling children’s books. Bring the kids to meet the author at the family-friendly Hicklebee’s book store in Willow Glen.

The Soundtrack of Our Lives
The Nordic country that brought bands like ABBA, Refused and The Cardigans to the world has a new export currently traversing the globe. The Soundtrack of Our Lives are post-psychedelic and tinge their style with a hint of intergalactic origins. Sharing the bill are Northern Son, Eyes Like Mine and Finish Ticket.

Matt McBane and Build
Montalvo’s residency program nurtures a wide range of creative artists exploring new modes of expression. Former resident Matt McBane wrote several new pieces of classical crossover music while at Montalvo and recorded them last year with his five-piece band, Build. The group performs Thursday at Montalvo.

Art’N’Soul: Still Stoked
Skateboard culture has always been resilient. When the VooDoo Lounge closed, the producers of the multimedia Art’N’Soul show found a new home at Zions Restaurant and Lounge. This Friday night’s show features skateboard art and hip-hop DJs including COCO from Japan. Some of the best local skaters will be ripping the ramps in the parking lot for a demo starting at 7pm.