April 2: 'Painting the Clouds with Sunshine' and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Australia-born indie-pop singer-songwriter Betty Who performs material from her debut LP “Slow Dancing.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Lectures

Gareth Porter: The investigative journalist gives a lecture titled “The Iran Nuclear Issue: Is It Real?” [7 p.m., World Affairs Council, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Ben Tarnoff: The author of “The Bohemians” discusses Mark Twain’s early years as a writer in Civil War-era San Francisco and the countercultural community he found there. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Oracle Team USA: Speakers discuss how Oracle Team USA won the America’s Cup twice and the danger of sailing ultra-fast, aerodynamically designed 72-foot catamarans. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Evolving city: Gary Kamiya, Cecil Williams and other notable locals take part in “From Goldrushers to Glassholes,” a discussion about the changing landscape of San Francisco. [6:30 p.m., Elks Lodge, 450 Post St., S.F.; www.greenapplebooks.com]

Road to Rome: Alberto Alberti, an expert on Italy’s Via Francigena, gives a presentation on this historic route — the backbone of the Italian road system for 800 years. [6:30 p.m., Italian Cultural Institute, 814 Montgomery St., S.F.; (415) 788-7142]

Literary events

Ayelet Waldman: The locally based author talks about her new novel, “Love and Treasure.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

The Minimalists: Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, aka the Minimalists, share their story of living with less. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Vivaldi oratorio: The Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra presents a concert featuring Vivaldi’s only surviving oratorio, “Juditha Triumphans.” [7:30 p.m., Bing Concert Hall, 327 Lasuen St., Stanford University, Stanford]

Debate team: SFSU’s Speech and Debate Team presents its annual showcase, the final public performance before the team heads to the national tournament. [2 p.m., Humanities building, Room 587, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

At the public library

Computer class: The drop-in session is designed for individuals with intermediate-level computer- and Internet-related questions. [Noon to 2 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

New musical

Greg MacKellan and Mark D. Kaufmann’s “Painting the Clouds with Sunshine,” a world premiere presented by 42nd Street Moon, opens with a preview performance. [7 p.m., Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.]

Local activities

Guest house: “Waiting for Guffman” (8 p.m.) and “Best in Show” (10 p.m.), Christopher Guest’s comic films about community theater and dog shows, respectively, screen in a double feature. [Chapel, 777 Valencia St., S.F.]

Ballet concert: San Francisco Ballet presents “Shostakovich Trilogy,” choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s tribute to Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich. [7:30 p.m., War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Town Hall: The buttermilk fried Mary’s chicken, with broccoli, smashed potatoes and bacon gravy, is recommended. Also look for the house-smoked St. Louis ribs, with Texas Jack barbecue sauce, corn muffin and Stevie’s coleslaw. [345 Howard St., S.F.; (415) 908-3900]

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