Comedian Dat Phan headlines “Far Easter” 

click to enlarge South African choir: The Soweto Gospel Choir, from South Africa, presents its “African Grace” concert. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] - COURTESY PHOTO
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  • South African choir: The Soweto Gospel Choir, from South Africa, presents its “African Grace” concert. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

Who’s in town: Comedian Dat Phan headlines “Far Easter,” an annual show featuring comics of Asian descent. Michael Yo, Helen Hong, Zhangster and Walter Hong also take the stage. [8 p.m., Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Guy Gugliotta:
The author of “Freedom’s Cap” tells the story of the design and construction of the U.S. Capitol building during a time of heated politics and the imminent Civil War. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Budget challenges: Local budget officials discuss regional challenges associated with balancing city budgets. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

At the colleges
Howard Rheingold:
The author, critic and teacher discusses “Net Smart: How to Thrive Online.”
[6 p.m., Braun Lecture Hall, Mudd Chemistry Building, Stanford University, 333 Campus Drive, Stanford]

Poetry night: Maurice Wren and “poetry troubadours” present “World Poetry Night in the Oral Tradition,” an evening of verse by poets through the ages, recited from memory. [7 p.m., Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post St., S.F.; RSVP: (415) 393-0100]

Literary events
Sarah Glover:
The local author reads from her debut novel, “Grave Refrain: A Ghost Story.” [7 p.m., BookShop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F.]

Terry McDermott: The journalist talks about “The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Heidi Julavits: The novelist presents “The Vanishers.” [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

At the public library
‘Thursdays @ Noon Films’:
“Roman Holiday” (1953), directed by William Wyler and starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, is this week’s featured film. [Noon, Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Teen reviewers: Graphic novel, comics and manga program invites teens to review new titles. [3:30 p.m., Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval St., S.F.]

Local activities
Chamber music:
Tin Hat, a chamber quartet whose music contains blues, folk, neoclassical and avant-garde elements, performs a concert presented by SFJazz. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

Cuisine scene: The Exploratorium hosts After Dark, its social event for adults. “Gastronomy” is April’s theme. The evening explores how surprise and innovation can transform our experience of food. [6 to 10 p.m., 3601 Lyon St., S.F.]

La Mar: Chef Gaston Acurio cooks Peruvian cuisine, and the cebiches are recommended today. A “cebiche tasting” sampler features four cebiches, including “Cebiche Clasico” (California halibut). [Pier 1½, S.F. (415) 397-8880]

Fine art
Crafting night:
The Museum of Craft and Folk Art hosts its April Craft Bar with Etsy Labs. Guest artist Sadie Harmon is conducting a “seed bomb”-making activity. [6 to 8 p.m., 51 Yerba Buena Lane, S.F.]

Asian influences: The Chinese Culture Center hosts an opening reception for “On the Edge of Culture,” featuring works by artist-in-residence Carol Koffel, Stella Zhang, Liang Liting, Jiang Xueman and Liu Yin. [6 to 8 p.m., Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St., third floor, S.F.]  

Mirror images: The nonprofit group North Beach Citizens hosts an opening reception for its third annual art show, “Reflections 2012.” Artist-created mirrors are on view. [5 to 8 p.m., the Cannery, 2801 Leavenworth St., Suite 111, S.F.]

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