April 30: The Suit and other SF events 

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  • "The Suit" opens at American Conservatory Theater. A suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of a wife's infidelity in this musical.
Who’s in town

Helene Gayle, president of CARE USA, speaks about her experiences in international development and offers insights on the connection between gender equity and economic development. [7 p.m., World Affairs Council 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Lectures

Karl von Habsburg: The archduke of Austria and former member of the European Parliament discusses his work to help save cultural artifacts in crisis-ravaged areas. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Endangered rivers: Speakers discuss international efforts to restore major rivers and deltas that have been hurt by flooding, water intrusion, drought and severely damaged ecologies. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Olympia Snowe: The former U.S. senator from Maine and author of “Fighting for the Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress” speaks. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Rick Laubscher: The president of Market Street Railway and author of “On Track” discusses how streetcars and cable cars helped shape San Francisco history. [6 p.m., California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Dara Horn: The novelist talks about “A Guide for the Perplexed.” [7 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Douglas Watson: The fiction writer talks about his new novel, “A Moody Fellow Finds Love and Then Dies.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

At the colleges

Harry Belafonte: The performer and social activist gives a talk titled “Activism and Racial Justice in America.” [7 p.m., Cemex Auditorium, Knight Management Center, 655 Knight Way, Stanford University, Stanford]

Art appraisal: Northern California ArtTable discussion features panelists demystifying art appraisal and discussing its impact on collectors, museums, and artists. [5:30 to 9 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library

Disaster preparedness: The workshop, hosted by the Neighborhood Emergency Response Team, covers what people should do to prepare for a disaster. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F; RSVP: (415) 970-2024]

Robin Sloan: The author of “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” speaks. [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F]

Musical fable

“The Suit” opens at American Conservatory Theater. A suit becomes a whimsical yet cruel reminder of a wife’s infidelity in this musical set in apartheid-era Johannesburg. [8 p.m., 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: Folk and pop singer-songwriter Justin Nozuka performs a concert to promote his new album, “Ulysses.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Job fair: The LGBT Spring Career Fair features employers dedicated to workplace inclusion. Job seekers can network and learn about a range of careers. [Noon to 3 p.m., San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.; RSVP: www.sfcenter.org]

Indie rock: The British psychedelic-rock band Toy performs at the Chapel. “Join the Dots” is the group’s latest album. [9 p.m., 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen: The bone-in short ribs with black-lager jus, fork-crushed potatoes and fresh peas and carrots are recommended today. Also try the steak frites — shoestring fries, caramelized-onion jus and arugula. [401 Taylor St., S.F.; (415) 775-7979]

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