April 2: "Hungry Ghosts," "Far Easter" comedy and more 

Who’s in town

Armenian-American writer Meline Toumani travels through Turkey a century after the Armenian genocide in her new memoir, “There Was and There Was Not.” [7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

Lectures

Singapore link: Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore’s ambassador to the U.S., speaks about economic developments in Asia. [11:45 a.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Style drama: Fashion writer Dana Thomas reflects on the unraveling of two industry icons in her latest book, “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Greater good: Steve Westly, former chief fiscal officer for the state of California, discusses how businesses can address the world’s problems. [6 p.m., Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay]

Bay Area history: Paul Krassner — interviewed remotely from the Mojave Desert — explores two of the Bay Area’s most shocking crimes in “Patty Hearst and the Twinkie Murders: A Tale of Two Trials.” [7 p.m., Green Arcade, 680 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Magic man: Former stand-up comedian Jacob Rubin’s debut novel, “The Poser,” follows an unconventional illusionist. [7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera]

At the public library

Smart money: A personal finance session covers topics such as basic budgets and saving for retirement. [6 p.m., Richmond Branch, 351 Ninth Ave., S.F.]

At the colleges

Women in journalism: John S. Knight Journalism Fellow Mariana Santos shares her work with Chicas Poderosas, which trains female journalists in Latin America. [Noon, Bechtel International Center, Stanford University, 584 Capistrano Way, Stanford]

Notorious R.B.D.: Scott Dodson shares the life of the objectively coolest Supreme Court justice in “The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” [3:30 p.m., UC Hastings College of the Law, 200 McAllister St., S.F.]

Poetry session: Poets Peter Culley and Stacy Szymaszek read from their work. [4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Humanities Building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Free workout: The North Face hosts a free, hourlong mountain athletics workout session every Tuesday and Thursday. [6:30 p.m., The Yard at AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.; thenorthface.com/mountainathletics]

Comedy showcase: Dat Phan hosts the “Far Easter” comedy showcase, featuring Walter Hong, Ikaika Patria, Kristee Ono and David Nguyen. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Choral opera: The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus performs Jake Heggie’s “For a Look or a Touch,” based on the story of two men in love during the Holocaust. [8 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Ghostly art: An opening reception celebrates “Hungry Ghosts,” featuring Asian-American and Pacific Islander artists exploring traditional ghost stories. [6 p.m., International Hotel Manilatown Center Gallery, 868 Kearny St., S.F.]

Events

New fiction: Best-selling author Peter Heller discusses his latest novel, “The Painter,” in which an artist’s life is suddenly shattered by a brutal act of violence. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

Classic cinema: “West Side Story,” winner of 10 Academy Awards, is screening as part of the Balboa Theatre’s series of classic films. [7:30 p.m., Balboa Theatre, 3630 Balboa St., S.F.]

Rock show: Hard-rocking punk band The Movielife, which hails from Long Island, N.Y., recently reunited after a decadelong hiatus. [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comic Don Friesen has appeared on “Live at Gotham” and “Comics Unleashed.” [8 p.m., Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Club, 157 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale]

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