April 29: SF Ballet's Program 7 and other SF events 

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  • San Francisco Ballet launches its season’s Program Seven, a bill including the premiere of choreographer Liam Scarlett’s “Hummingbird” and, pictured, Helgi Tomasson’s “The Fifth Season.”
Who’s in town

Jazz saxophonist and composer Branford Marsalis performs with his ensemble. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Lectures

Green beat: Foreign environmental journalists discuss current possibilities of ecological failure or progress in China, Brazil, the Philippines, Nigeria and other developing nations. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Tom Nazario: The president of the Forgotten International talks about the world’s poorest and forgotten people and what can be done to solve global poverty. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ruth Orta and Ramona Garibay: The Ohlone/Bay Miwok descendants speak at the San Francisco History Association’s April meeting. [7:45 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, 725 Diamond St., S.F.]

Literary events

Katie Hafner: The New York Times journalist discusses “Mother Daughter Me,” her memoir. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Edgar H. Schein: The expert on corporate and organizational culture, whose books include “Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling,” speaks. [7 p.m., Channing House, 850 Webster St., Palo Alto] At the colleges Isaac Julien: The London-based filmmaker, who is receiving the San Francisco International Film Festival’s 2014 Persistence of Vision Award, speaks. [7 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

Luiz C. Barbosa: The sociologist gives a talk titled “Guardians of the Forest: Environmentalist Organizations and the Fight to Save Brazilian Amazonia.” [4 p.m., SFSU, International Relations Briefing Room, HHS Building 362, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Art talk: The lecture explores the “Intimate Impressionism” exhibition, currently on view at the Legion of Honor. [7 p.m., Excelsior Branch, 4400 Mission St., S.F.]

Parents for Public Schools: The session, designed for parents of toddlers, provides information about the San Francisco Unified School District’s enrollment process. [7 p.m., Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St., S.F.]

Ballet concert

San Francisco Ballet launches its season’s Program Seven, a bill including the premiere of choreographer Liam Scarlett’s “Hummingbird” and, pictured, Helgi Tomasson’s “The Fifth Season.” [8 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Classical concert: Violinist Daniel Lewin and pianist Dmitriy Cogan perform works by Bach and Franck. Noontime Concerts presents the program. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

World music: StringQuake, a trio that performs world music with an emphasis on improvisation, appears at the Chapel. [8 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Singer-songwriter: Rock and alt-country singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, known for his solo work and his time with the Drive-By Truckers, performs at the Fillmore. [8 p.m., 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Cafe de la Presse: The confit de canard maison (homemade confit of mulard duck leg) with oyster mushrooms and balsamic reduction is recommended today. It is served with a potato salad on the side. [352 Grant Ave., S.F.; (415) 398-2680]

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