UniverSoul Circus, films and other San Francisco events 

click to enlarge The 2013 edition of UniverSoul Circus, in the East Bay through April 14, features acrobatic kung fu artists from China, talented female contortionists from Ethiopia and a dazzling American ice-skating act. - [7:30 p.m., under the big top, 633 Hegenberger Road, Oakland] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • The 2013 edition of UniverSoul Circus, in the East Bay through April 14, features acrobatic kung fu artists from China, talented female contortionists from Ethiopia and a dazzling American ice-skating act. [7:30 p.m., under the big top, 633 Hegenberger Road, Oakland]

Events for April 4, 2013.

Who’s in town

  • Alison Bechdel, author of graphic novel memoirs and creator of the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” appears in an onstage conversation. [7:30 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

  • Aaron Belkin: The activist, author and professor speaks at Brews and Views. The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is his topic. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]
  • Joni Seager: The expert on global women’s issues and author of “The Atlas of Women in the World” discusses women’s rights, efforts to silence women and women’s resistance. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]
  • Micro-unit housing: Speakers discuss the pros and cons of San Francisco’s recently adopted legislation allowing housing units as small as 220 square feet to be built. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]
  • Christian Marclay: The sound and video artist appears in conversation with culture critic Greil Marcus. [7 p.m., SFMOMA, 151 Third St., S.F.]

Literary events

  • Mikhail Shishkin: The Russian novelist, joined by translator Marian Schwartz, discusses “Maidenhair.” The Center for the Art of Translation presents the evening. [6:30 p.m., Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter St., S.F.]
  • Laleh Khadivi: The novelist talks about “The Walking.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]
  • National Poetry Month: Local poets Keith Ekiss, Gerard Sarnat and Beverly Bie Brahic read from their work. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto]
  • Douglas Rushkoff: The award-winning media theorist discusses “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

  • Ballpark figures: “Out of the Park: The Art of Baseball” opens with a reception. More than 40 artists depict the national pastime. [5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 77 Geary St., George Krevsky Gallery. S.F.]
  • Dance-theater: In the opener of a six-evening run, Carte Blanche re-imagines the story of “Hamlet’s” heroine in “Ophelia,” a site-specific, theatrical, interactive exploration that follows the character from the pages of Shakespeare through  a journey of self-discovery. [8:30 p.m., Firehouse, Fort Mason, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]  
  • Twenty-five Lusk: Entrees include cinnamon-smoked halibut with water chestnut, saffron oysters and salted almond pesto; and trofiette pasta with artichoke, asparagus and Parmesan. [25 Lusk St., S.F.; (415) 495-5875]

Lecture

  • Art talk: Susan Wels, the author of “San Francisco: Arts for the City — Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012” discusses her book. [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Music

  • French band: Dirtyphonics, an electronic-music band from Paris, plays to promote its latest album, “Irreverence.” [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Film

  • Screen scene: The California Academy of Sciences hosts “Reel to Real NightLife,” a cinema-themed evening co-presented by the San Francisco Film Society. Films and filmmakers are on the bill. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]
  • Documentary: “Tattoo Nation,” the first feature-length movie about the revolutionary style of black and gray tattoo art, narrated by celebrity tattoo artist Corey Miller, screens. [10 p.m., Balboa Theatre,  3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

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