April 28: Yoshiki and other SF events 

Who's in town

“Doonesbury” cartoonist Garry Trudeau delivers a lecture on a meaningful life. [7 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, 551 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]


David Lordkipanidze: The Georgian National Museum director talks about the discovery of a treasure of protohuman fossils and what they tell us about our evolution. [7 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

Nicolette Hahn Niman: The author of “Righteous Porkchop” discusses “factory farming” and the ethics of producing meat. [8 p.m., Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View; www.openspacetrust.org]

Literary events

Two poets: Tess Taylor (“The Forage House”) and D.A. Powell (“Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys” appear in an evening of poetry.” [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Steven Pressman: The filmmaker and journalist talks about “50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 601 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Book group: The Hands On Bay Area Book Club discusses “The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley,” by Leslie Berlin. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 301 Castro St., Mountain View]

At the colleges

Art reception: An opening reception takes place for “RE-,” an exhibit in which artists Erik Beltran, Carolin Rechberg, and Tim Kopra play with verbs preceded by “re.” [5 to 7 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

‘Women in Venture’: Women in the venture-capital world discuss how the landscape can be transformed to include more women. [11:30 a.m., Room 300, Huang Engineering Center, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Older Writers Laboratory: Poetry-writing group welcomes seniors. [10 a.m. to noon, Bernal Heights Branch, 500 Cortland Ave., S.F.]

Film screening: “Fruitvale Station,” writer-director Ryan Coogler’s drama about Bay Area resident Oscar Grant III on the final day of his life, is the featured film. [4 p.m., Western Addition Branch, 1550 Scott St., S.F.]

Japanese pianist

Yoshiki, co-founder of the rock band X Japan, performs a concert on solo piano with string-quartet accompaniment. “Yoshiki Classical” is his latest album. [7:30 p.m., Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Local activities

Words and food: Narrative Night, featuring dinner, stories, and authors, benefits Narrative Magazine. Featured writers include Lynn Freed, Susan Orlean, and Tobias Wolff. [7 p.m., Jardiniere, 300 Grove St., S.F.; www.narrativemagazine.com]

Classical stars: Anthony Marwood (violin), Martin Frost (clarinet), and Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano) ¾ stars in the classical-music world ¾ perform a program of duos and trios. [7:30 p.m., SFJazz Center, 201 Franklin St., S.F.]

Dance solos: Choreographer Sara Shelton Mann presents “The Eye of Horus,” a series of site-specific public solo dances. [12:30 p.m., Jessie Square, 760 Mission St., S.F.]

Pop star: Singer-songwriter Boy George, known for his 1980s work with the pop band Culture Club and for his dance-music-inspired solo material, performs in San Francisco. [8 p.m., the Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]

Troya Mediterranean Kitchen: Turkish and Mediterranean fare is on the menu. The beyti — adana-style lamb wrapped in lavash bread with tomato and yogurt tahini sauce — is a signature dish. [349 Clement St., S.F.; (415) 379-6000]

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