April 10: Tony Kushner and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Playwright Tony Kushner, whose works include “Angels in America,” “Homebody/Kabul” and the screenplay for the film “Lincoln,” appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Lectures

Jesselyn Radack: The national-security and human-rights director of the Government Accountability Project, whose work with whistleblowers involves torture and secret surveillance, speaks. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Matt Taibbi: The author and journalist examines the side-by-side existence of criminalized poverty and what he calls the unpunished crimes of the rich. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Ending hunger: Speakers discuss the steps that city agencies and nonprofit organizations can take to meet the Board of Supervisors’ goal of ending hunger in San Francisco by 2020. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Literary events

Fred Martin Jr.: The author and historian talks about “Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Leslie Jamison: The Yale-based novelist celebrates the launch of “The Empathy Exams.”[7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Emma Donoghue: The novelist and playwright talks about “Frog Music.” The evening includes live music in tune with the book’s 1870s San Francisco setting. [Noon, Alexander Book Co., 50 Second St., S.F.]

Arlo Crawford: The locally based author talks about “A Farm Dies Once a Year: A Memoir.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Seife Ayalew Asfaw: The recipient of the Rubin Family International Human Rights Award speaks on human rights in Ethiopia. [5 p.m., Stanford Law School, Manning Faculty Lounge, Stanford; RSVP: www.stanford.edu/dept/law/rubin.fb]

At the public library

Thursdays @ Noon Films: “City Lights” (1931), Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic, is featured. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Comedy show

Comedian, actress and writer Chelsea Peretti, currently seen on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” brings her “American Treasure” tour to The City. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Senior health: The Jewish Community Center hosts “The Art of Aging Gracefully,” an event for older adults. It includes speakers from UC Medical Center and a resource fair focus on healthy living. [9:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., 3200 California St., S.F.]

Girl power: A benefit for Let Girls Lead and the Bay Area Alliance for Women and Girls includes a reception, expert panel and premiere of a short documentary about girls’ power to lead global change. [6 p.m., Schwab Center, 211 Main St., S.F.]

Dark romance: Los Altos Stage Company presents “Harold and Maude,” Colin Higgins’ comic play adapted from the film about a life-loving 79-year-old and a morbid young man. [8 p.m., Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos]

Scala’s Bistro: The Ora King salmon, with quinoa-asparagus salad and lemon emulsion, is recommended today. The whole petrale sole, along with a brand new white and green asparagus salad, is also highlighted. [432 Powell St., S.F.; (415) 395-8555]

Demonstration

Art session: The Museum of Craft and Design presents “Etsy Night: Calligraphy and Hand Lettering,” where beginners can learn the basics of decorative handwriting. [7 p.m., 2569 Third St., S.F.]

Dance

Student program: University Dance Theatre performs new choreography by Brenda Way, Raissa Simpson, Ray Tadio, Cathleen McCarthy and Wendy Diamond. [8 p.m., McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building, SFSU, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Nightlife

Science bash: The California Academy of Sciences hosts “Cosmic NightLife,” a night honoring the 53rd anniversary of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. [6 to 10 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Film

Civi rights documentary: “The New Black” examines how the African-American community is grappling with LGBT rights in light of the marriage-equality movement. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

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