April 14: Killer high heels, Beat Museum and more 

click to enlarge Indie-pop garage group Jet Trash, a San Francisco band working on its first EP, is headlining a show that includes Ice Cream and Backplate. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • Indie-pop garage group Jet Trash, a San Francisco band working on its first EP, is headlining a show that includes Ice Cream and Backplate. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]
Who’s in town

Brooklyn Museum curator Lisa Small discusses the beautiful, terrifying history of fashionable high heels in “400 Years of Provocative Shoes.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Lectures

War story: Bruce Henderson, best-selling author of “Hero Found,” chronicles a World War II prison camp raid in the Philippines in his latest book, “Los Baños.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Latinos in S.F.: Tomas F. Summers Sandoval Jr. explores the Latino history of San Francisco and beyond in his latest book, “Latinos at the Golden Gate,” and looks toward a more inclusive future. [7:30 p.m., Milton Marks Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave., S.F.]

Humble beginnings: Santa Clara University professor Francisco Jimenez, who was born in Tlaquepaque, Mexico, and came to America to work as a farmworker with his family, shares his latest memoir, “Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Literary events

Book launch: Marian Palaia’s new novel, “The Given World,” goes from Montana to San Francisco to Saigon as a disaffected young woman searches for her brother who disappeared in Vietnam. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

‘Unraveling’ tale: Keija Parssinen discusses “The Unraveling of Mercy Louis,” in which a high school basketball star must cope with her strict evangelical grandmother and a thorny moral dilemma. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

At the public library

Poetry celebration: Joanne Kyger reads from “On Time,” her first book of poetry in nearly 10 years, and Bill Berkson also reads new work in a National Poetry Month celebration. [6:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Presidential talk: Former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, who graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1971, shares his vision for the future of Latin America in his new book, “The Shared Society.” [5 p.m., McClaren Conference Center, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

Local activities

Nature stroll: Admission to the San Francisco Botanical Garden is free on the second Tuesday of every month; the “Mediterranean Climate Habitats” exhibit is currently in season. [7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Music and poetry: The Beat Museum presents the wordWind chorus as well as poets Q.R. Hand Jr., Lewis Jordan and Brian Auerbach in a celebration of Jazz Appreciation and National Poetry months. [6:30 p.m., Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel, 999 California St., S.F.]

Bluesy guys: JOY, which combines psychedelic and blues influences, is headlining a show that includes Banquet and Vice Maker. [9 p.m., Brick & Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

Rock show: Indie-pop garage group Jet Trash, a San Francisco band working on its first EP, is headlining a show that includes Ice Cream and Backplate. [9 p.m., Bottom of the Hill, 1233 17th St., S.F.]

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