April 16: 'Max Understood," de-extinction and more 

Who’s in town

Best-selling author Michelangelo Signorile looks at the challenges the LGBT community still faces in “It’s Not Over: Getting Beyond Tolerance, Defeating Homophobia, and Winning True Equality.” [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

Lectures

Community forum: Activists lead a forum discussion on community safety and policing in a time of rapid gentrification. [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 2919 24th St., S.F.]

Mammoth advances: UC Santa Cruz professor Beth Shapiro investigates the technological advances that could allow scientists to revive long-gone species in “How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of de-Extinction.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Brews and Views: State Board of Education President Michael W. Kirst, who has been on the faculty of Stanford University since 1969, discusses the past and future of education. [8 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Literary events

Poetry reading: Alley Cat Books is marking National Poetry Month with readings from eight local poets. [7 p.m., Alley Cat Books, 3036 24th St., S.F.]

‘Dog Crazy’: Meg Donahue is reading from her latest book, “Dog Crazy,” in a wine reception. A portion of book sales during the event will be donated to Rocket Dog Rescue. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

On the road: A convicted felon makes a difficult journey to meet his lost brother’s daughter in Skip Horack’s latest book, “The Other Joseph.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the public library

VA help: Attorney Greg Rada, a veteran, is leading a workshop on how to navigate claims with the Veterans Affairs system. [4 p.m., Learning Studio, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Craft time: Youths can celebrate Earth Day a little early by making interesting crafts out of recycled materials. [3:30 p.m., Ocean View Branch, 345 Randolph St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Poetry reading: Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski is reading from his new short-story collection, “Painted Cities.” [7 p.m., Poetry Center, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Funny with a purpose: Comedian Paco Romane headlines “Full Frontal Comedy,” with a portion of proceeds going to charity. [8 p.m., Lookout, 3600 16th St., S.F.]

Indie sounds: PHOX, almost certainly the best band to ever emerge from Baraboo, Wis., specializes in indie pop. [9 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Art reception: A closing reception for “Lost Stories, Found Images: Portraits of Jews in Wartime Amsterdam” features music by Jeremiah Lockwood, Meg Baird and Charlie Saufley. [8 p.m., Goethe-Institut San Francisco, 530 Bush St., S.F.; www.goethe.de]

Boy's life: Max, a 7-year-old boy with autism, escapes from neighborhood bullies and falls in love with poetry and metaphors in the Paul Dresher Company’s new musical “Max Understood.” [8 p.m., Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, S.F.]

Events

Children’s fiction: Emmy-nominated screenwriter Geoff Rodkey, author of “The Chronicles of Egg,” is launching a new book series for kids with “The Tapper Twins Go To War (With Each Other).” [4 p.m., Burlingame Main Library, 480 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

NightLife: Go big at NightLife at the Academy with massive skeletons at the “Whales” exhibit, a math talk about the concept of infinity, electro-prog music by Braille and Different Sleep, and more. [6 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Jackie Kashian, who has appeared on “Conan” and her own Comedy Central special, is headlining a comedy bill that also includes Kevin O’Shea and Patrick McDermott. [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

Strange cinema: Oddball Films, a private film archive, presents vintage film clips of teen delinquents, Shirley Temple’s creepiest role and more in “The Kids Are Not Alright.” [8 p.m., Oddball Films, 275 Capp St., S.F.]

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