April 14: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and other SF events 

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  • The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a veteran blues, rock and punk band, performs in San Francisco.
Who’s in town

Best-selling author Laini Taylor, known for her fantasy and young-adult novels, presents “Dreams of Gods and Monsters,” the conclusion to her “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” trilogy. [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Lectures

Raymond Paul Giroux: The engineer and builder discusses the construction of the Panama Canal and examines the factors behind the success of this project of unprecedented scope. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Late-night transport: A hearing, held by Supervisor Scott Wiener, addresses issues related to late-night public transportation in San Francisco. [1:30 p.m., San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 263, S.F.]

Mexico struggles: Mexico and the right of civilian self-defense and the struggle of jailed activist Nestora Salgado are topics of a discussion hosted by the Bay Area Freedom Socialist Party. [6:30 p.m., New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St., S.F.; (415) 864-1278]

Literary events

Left Coast Writers: The group presents a literary roundup. Writers read selections from favorite works in a variety of genres. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Lunada: The literary lounge, coinciding with the full moon, celebrates National Poetry Month under a lunar eclipse. Guests include writer-performer Norman Zelaya and poet Estela de la Cruz. [7:30 p.m., Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St., S.F.]

Open mike: Philip Hackett’s Poets’ Gallery hosts an evening featuring open-mike readings. [5 p.m. (sign-up), Rogue Bar, Powell and Union streets, S.F.]

Book group: The Broken Compass Adventure Book Club discusses “Notes From a Small Island” by Bill Bryson. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

James Benning: The experimental filmmaker, whose recent work includes two famous American cabins he replicated on his Sierra property, discusses his projects. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Amy Campos: The founder of Amy Campos Architect discusses the work of her design practice, which ranges from urban interiors to furniture design to critical writing. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Math help: Volunteer math teachers visit the library to answer questions about math homework. [4 to 6 p.m., Ingleside Branch, 1298 Ocean Ave., S.F.]

Rock and blues

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, a veteran blues, rock and punk band, performs in San Francisco. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Around town

Hip-hop artist: Chance the Rapper, a hip-hop artist from Chicago, brings his 21st birthday tour to San Francisco. “Acid Rap” is his most recent mixtape. [8 p.m., Warfield, 982 Market St., S.F.]

Nanny with a camera: “Finding Vivian Maier,” a documentary about the nanny who earned a posthumous reputation as one of the most accomplished street photographers, is playing at the Clay Theatre. [2261 Fillmore St., S.F.; (415) 561-9921]

Indie pop: MS MR — the indie-pop duo of Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow — perform at the Fillmore. The pair’s recent releases include “Secondhand Rapture” and “Fantasy EP (Remix).” [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Jardiniere: Chef-owner Traci Des Jardins, serving French and California fare, features three-course prix fixe dinners ($55) on Mondays. Matzo-ball soup, beef brisket and flourless chocolate cake make up the menu. [300 Grove St., S.F.; (415) 861-5555]

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