May 8: The Bad Plus and other SF events 

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  • The Bad Plus, a jazz-and-beyond trio, presents its arrangement of Stravinsky’s influential “The Rite of Spring,” along with selected repertoire.
Who's in town

Janet Napolitano, president of the University of California system, former U.S. secretary of homeland security and former governor of Arizona, appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Willie Brown: The former San Francisco mayor gives his annual lecture on national and regional political trends. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Artist talk: Artists Clifford Rainey (glass), John Toki (clay), Barbara Holmes (wood), Barbara Shapiro (fiber), and Jack da Silva (metal) discuss contemporary craft art. [10 a.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Julia Glass: The award-winning author of “Three Junes” talks about her new novel, “And the Dark Sacred Night.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

NoViolet Bulawayo: The Zimbabwe-born author talks about “We Need New Names,” her debut novel. [7 p.m., Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; RSVP:]

Mark Abramson: The author of the Beach Reading mystery series, and co-producer of the AIDS benefit show “Men Behind Bars: The Bartenders’ Folly,” presents “For My Brothers.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Outdoor movie: “Gravity,” the 2013 space thriller directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock, is featured. [8:05 p.m., UCSF, Mission Bay Campus, Koret Quad, 1560 Fourth St., S.F.]

At the public libraries

Nicholas P. Money: The author of “The Amoeba in the Room” gives a talk titled “The Secret Lives of Microbes.” [6 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Great Teen Book Swap: Teens receive free books with the understanding that they will give the library a bookmark review in exchange. [3 to 5:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities

Plus side: The Bad Plus, a jazz-and-beyond trio, presents its arrangement of Stravinsky’s influential “The Rite of Spring,” along with selected repertoire. [7:30 p.m., SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Birthday gala: The Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation presents its 2014 birthday dinner, a fundraiser for TNDC services that help people in need. [6 p.m., Westin St. Francis, 335 Powell St, S.F.;]

Benefit luncheon: St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco hosts a luncheon benefiting its Wellness Center. The keynote speaker is Dr. Dean Ornish. [11:30 a.m., Four Seasons Hotel, 757 Market St., S.F.;]

Comedy show: British comic Russell Howard, seen on the TV shows “Russell Howard’s Good News” and “Mock the Week,” presents his “Wonderbox” tour. [8 p.m., Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Space-rock band: Lumerians, known for their psychedelic and space-rock sound and intense performances, perform material from “The High Frontier,” their latest LP. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Rock bill: Survival Knife (ex-Unwound), Hungry Ghost (from Portland) and California (ex-Jawbreaker) play the Hemlock Tavern. [8:30 p.m., 1131 Polk St., S.F.]

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