April 21: Barabara Morrison and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Actress and author Alicia Silverstone, known for blogging on living the “kind life,” discusses her new book, “The Kind Mama.” [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]


John Hodgman: The humorist, author and television personality appears in conversation with “Mythbusters” co-host Adam Savage. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: The evening features a panel of political journalists discussing current events, plus an audience discussion and a news quiz. Election issues are today’s focus. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Lesley Schisgall Currier: The Marin Shakespeare Company founder discusses how Shakespeare and the arts can help prison inmates achieve personal transformation. [5:15 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Edward Humes: The Pulitzer-winning author tells the story of self-made billionaire and influential wine entrepreneur Jess Stonestreet Jackson. A wine-tasting session follows the talk. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Literary events

Book group: Not Your Mother’s Actual Book Club (for ages 14 and up) welcomes author Kristin Elizabeth Clark, discussing “FreakBoy,” a novel in verse. [6 p.m., Books Inc., 74 Town and Country Village, Palo Alto]

Poetry night: Poets Michael Koch and Ronald Sauer read from their work. An open-mike session follows. [7 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books and Records, 653 Chenery St., S.F.]

At the colleges

David Weissman: The filmmaker presents “We Were Here” (2011), his documentary about the early days of the AIDS epidemic. [6:30 p.m., USF, Fromm Hall, Xavier Auditorium, 2130 Fulton St., S.F.]

At the library

Film screening: “In Bruges” (2008), director Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy about a pair of hit men experiencing professional and moral crises, is the featured film. [3 p.m., Golden Gate Valley Branch, 1801 Green St., S.F.]

Job Seekers Lab: Computers are available for creating or updating your resume, applying for jobs and searching online for jobs. Bring a flash drive. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Big-band singer

Jazz and blues singer Barbara Morrison, joined by her 18-piece big band, appears in “I Wanna Be Loved: The Stories of Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues in the 1950s.” [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities

Singer-songwriter: British pop and soul singer-songwriter Daley performs a concert in support of his debut LP, “Days and Nights.” [8 p.m., Slim’s, 333 11th St., S.F.]

Vampire tale: “Only Lovers Left Alive,” a vampire tale from filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, is playing in town. Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star. [Sundance Kabuki, (415) 346-3243; Embarcadero Center Cinema, (415) 352-0835]

Punk rock: The Men, a 2008-formed punk band from Brooklyn, N.Y., perform material from their latest album, “Tomorrow’s Hits.” [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar: Chef Adam Keough creates French cuisine. Entrées include potato-crusted salmon, green-garlic potato gnocchi, and coq au vin. Starting today, Monday dining and rotating classic dishes are available. [398 Hayes St., S.F.; (415) 551-1590]

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