April 24: The String Cheese Incident and other SF events 

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  • The String Cheese Incident, a Colorado-based group celebrating its 20th anniversary, plays an in-store performance to promote its new album “Song in My Head,” produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads.
Who’s in town

Havana-born jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and his trio play selections from the group’s new album, “The Invasion Parade.” [7 and 8:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Lawrence Gumbiner: The career member of the Senior Foreign Service discusses how human-rights defenders should address challenges to democracy. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ann Hedlund: The Arizona-based curator and anthropology professor talks about 19th-century Navajo weaving. [1 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Poems Under the Dome: The event celebrates National Poetry Month with an open-mike reading at City Hall. San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro Murguia reads the first poem. [5:30 p.m., 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, S.F.]

David Allen Sibley: The ornithologist presents “The Sibley Guide to Birds: Second Edition.” [12:30 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; 7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Tony Serra: The civil-rights activist and attorney discusses “Tony Serra: The Green, Yellow and Purple Years in the Life of a Radical Lawyer.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Joyce Maynard: The locally-based author celebrates the paperback release of “After Her.” [7 p.m., Green Apple Books, 506 Clement St., S.F.]

Albert Rothenberg: The novelist and Harvard psychiatry professor discusses “Madness and Glory.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Jake Shimabukuro: The ukulele star, whose style ranges from classical to jazz to rock, performs a concert. [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “The Artist,” director Michel Hazanavicius’ 2011 dramedy about a fading silent-film star and an ascending talkie-era ingenue, screens. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Poetry anthology: Ellen Bass, Judy Grahn, Alison Luterman and others read from the anthology “Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Jam band

The String Cheese Incident, a Colorado-based group celebrating its 20th anniversary, plays an in-store performance to promote its new album “Song in My Head,” produced by Jerry Harrison of the Talking Heads. [2 p.m. Amoeba Music, 1855 Haight St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opening night: The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival begins. “The Two Faces of January,” directed by Hossein Amini and based on a Patricia Highsmith novel, is the featured film. [7 p.m., Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., S.F.; www.sffs.org]

New music: The San Francisco Contemporary Music Players’ Sweet Thunder Festival features top contemporary music artists. The JACK Quartet performs tonight. [7:30 p.m., Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Boulevard, S.F.]

Argentine sounds: Multi-instrumentalist Juana Molina plays from her new album “Wed 21,” which she composed, performed, recorded and produced in her home studio in Buenos Aires. [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F. ]

Bin 38: The beet risotto, with roasted seasonal beets, Parmesan and arugula, is recommended today. Also look for the Bin burger, with aged Gruyere, crispy onions, arugula, spicy aioli and herb french fries. [3232 Scott St., S.F.; (415) 567-3838]

Dance

Contemporary troupe: Sean Dorsey Dance presents its home season. The evening includes a world-premiere excerpt from “The Missing Generation,” a dance that includes themes of AIDS and loss. [8 p.m., Z Space, 450 Florida St., S.F.]

Film

Human rights documentary: Director Marc Wiese’s “Camp 14: Total Control Zone” is about a young man who escaped from a North Korean prison camp, where he grew up in conditions of violence, punishment and torture. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Music

Rock and soul: Leopold and his Fiction, with a new single called “I’m Caving In,” headlines a show. [8 p.m., Neck of the Woods, 406 Clement St., S.F.]

Nightlife

Science bash: The California Academy of Sciences hosts its “Big Bang” gala (6 p.m.) and party (8:30 p.m.) in a fundraiser celebrating biodiversity. DJs, food and drink, and speakers are on the bill. [55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

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