April 8: Commonwealth Club anniversary gala and other SF events 

Who’s in town

Beth Shapiro, an evolutionary molecular biologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, appears in conversation. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]


Global town hall: The World Affairs Council’s International Forum holds its April discussion. “Can Ukraine Remain a Sovereign Nation?” is the topic. [6:30 p.m., WAC, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

John C. Ralston: The author-historian speaks at the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society’s April meeting, “Fremont Older and the 1916 San Francisco Bombing” is his topic. [7:30 p.m., Old Mint, 88 Fifth St., S.F.]

Decorative arts: William Sargent, from the Peabody Essex Museum, talks about Chinese export ceramics and the art of reverse paintings on glass. [7:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Literary events

Ed Attanasio: The author and illustrator talks about “Bushers: Ballplayers Drawn from Left Field,” a graphic novel. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Poetry reading: Poets Raina J. Leon (“Boogeyman Dawn”), Alexandra Mattraw (“Projection”) and Kevin Simmonds (“Mad for Meat”) read from their work. [7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Ayelet Waldman: The novelist talks about “Love and Treasure.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame]

Katherine Maxfield: The author and former tech-company worker talks about “Starting Up Silicon Valley.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

At the colleges

Paralegal program: SFSU hosts an information session for prospective paralegal students, providing an overview of the program. [5:30 p.m., SFSU, downtown campus, 835 Market St., sixth floor, S.F.; RSVP: www.cel.sfsu.edu/paralegal]

At the public library

Literary series: Radar Reading series, featuring underground and emerging writers, welcomes David West, Cheryl Dumesnil and other writers. [6 p.m., Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Benefit bash

The Commonwealth Club, a respected forum for discussing public issues, celebrates its 111th anniversary with a gala dinner honoring philanthropists and civic leaders Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Reid Hoffman, Eric E. Schmidt, Wendy Schmidt, John Gunn and Cynthia Fry Gunn. [5:30 p.m., Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., S.F.]

Local activities

Dance-music band: The First Nations and dance-music band A Tribe Called Red performs. The Canadian group mixes traditional powwow vocals and drumming with electronic music. [8 p.m., Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.]

Midday music: Trio Brillante, a piano-viola-clarinet ensemble, performs a program of works by Mozart, Reinecke and Naughtin. Noontime Concerts presents the event. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Stand-up comedy: Comedian Jim Breuer, seen on Comedy Central, “Saturday Night Live” and in the film “Half Baked,” performs. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Namu Gaji: The uni plate, with buckwheat lavash, kumquat puree and mustard seed, is recommended today. Also look for the beef tongue, braised and then pickled and grilled. It is served with asparagus and fingerlings. [499 Dolores St., S.F.; (415) 431-6268]


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