April 1: St. Stupid's Day Parade and other SF events 

click to enlarge St. Stupid’s Day Parade
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  • Marchers in silly costumes poke fun at big money institutions in the St. Stupid’s Day Parade, presented by The First Church of the Last Laugh.
Who’s in town

Folk and pop singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells brings his “Closer Than Ever” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Hydraulic fracking: Speakers discuss fracking for oil and natural gas, and how the practice is transforming the way the U.S. powers its economy. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Green urgencies: Speakers discuss how to get critical ecological messages to the masses in time to protect the environments in which we live and breathe. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: A panel of political journalists comments on current events, including an audience discussion and news quiz. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brigid Barton: The art lecturer presents the first of a two-part program on impressionist painter Edgar Degas and the places he frequented. [1 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Literary events

Allison Brennan: The bestselling author talks about her new book, “Notorious: Max Revere Novels.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Recent fiction: Fiction authors Molly Antopol (“The UnAmericans”) and Anthony Marra (“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”) discuss their books. [7 p.m., Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St., S.F.]

Austin Kleon: The bestselling author, whose work emphasizes creativity in today’s world, presents a talk and a live drawing. “Show Your Work!” is his latest book. [5:30 p.m., Flax Art and Design, 1699 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Hiroshima survivors: A film and discussion explore how survivors of the Hiroshima bombing discover healing through the retelling of their stories. [5:10 p.m., SFSU, J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Jason Meadows: The visual artist, who has had numerous galleries and museum exhibitions, discusses his work. [6:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Humor exhibit: “You Don’t Say!,” an exhibit of wordless cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, opens on April Fools’ Day. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Filmic foolery

“Duck Soup” (1933) screens at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, as an April Fools’ Day attraction. The Marx Brothers provide the antics. [2 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opera singer: Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni appears in recital, performing songs by Beethoven, Reichardt, Brahms and Liszt. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Fools march in: Marchers in silly costumes poke fun at big money institutions in the St. Stupid’s Day Parade, presented by The First Church of the Last Laugh. [Noon, Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market Street, S.F.; www.saintstupid.com]

Noontime concert: “A Somewhat Serious Recital” features tenor Michael Desnoyers and by pianist Jonathan Edward Mann in a program of works by Sondheim, Ravel, Lehrer, Korngold and Sherman. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Range: The roasted chicken, served with braised artichokes, green garlic, pea tendrils and toasted levain, is a signature dish. Also look for the harissa-rubbed lamb with sausage, spiced carrots, chickpeas and Meyer-lemon relish. [842 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 282-8283]

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