March 31: Dustin Long and other SF events 

Dustin Long
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  • Best-selling author Dustin Long talks about his new novel, “Bad Teeth.”
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Best-selling author Dustin Long talks about his new novel, “Bad Teeth.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

‘Sliver of Light’: Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd, who were falsely accused of espionage and jailed in Tehran’s Evin Prison, discuss their experience and new book. [7 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., S.F.]

Piper Kerman: The author of the memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison” appears in conversation. The evening benefits the Prison University Project. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Literary events

Jonathan Stroud: The author of young-adult fantasy fiction talks about “The Screaming Staircase.” [7 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

‘Odd Mondays’: The series welcomes poets Maxine Chernoff and Aaron Shurin, reading from their recent books. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

At the colleges

John Miller: The artist, whose recent sculptures and installations feature found Styrofoam, discarded tables and other items that are overlaid with gold, discusses his work. [7:30 p.m., San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Asif Ali Khan: The Pakistani qawwali (Sufi devotional music) artist discusses and demonstrates his music. [7 p.m., Encina Hall Central, Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St., Stanford University, Stanford]

At the library

Homework help: Volunteers help K-8 students complete homework assignments, study for tests and strengthen language and math skills. [3 to 6 p.m., Visitacion Valley Branch, 201 Leland Ave., 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 Room, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

String quartet

The Pavel Haas Quartet, an award-winning string ensemble from the Czech Republic, performs in San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Local activities

Watch the Giants: The Giants host their Opening Day viewing party. Fans can watch the road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on AT&T Park’s big scoreboard. [6:30 p.m., AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, S.F.]

Chamber music: The Earplay ensemble performs a program of chamber music by living composers Jean Ahn, George Crumb, Howard Hersh, Nicolas Omiccioli and Mark Winges. [7:30 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Animated tale: “Ernest & Celestine,” an animated French-Belgian film about a mouse and a bear who form an unlikely friendship, is playing at the Embarcadero Center Cinema. [1 Embarcadero Center, S.F.; (415) 352-0835]

Rock band: We Are the Men, a band whose sound contains elements of 1960s surf rock, 1990s new wave and recent San Francisco garage rock, performs at the Brick and Mortar Music Hall. [9 p.m., 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

In bloom: “Strybing Compact,” a cultivar of magnolia laevifolia, is a featured plant at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, where more than 8,000 types of plants grow. [7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1199 Ninth Ave., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Rosa Mexicano: Chef David Suarez creates Mexican dishes with locally sourced ingredients. The chamorro — slow-braised carnitas-style pork shank — with chipotle-creamed spinach and red-bean and chorizo chili is recommended today. [30 Mission St., S.F.; (415) 874-4300]

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