May 28: Goapele and other SF events 

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  • Soul songstress Goapele performs at Yoshi’s. “Break of Dawn,” featuring sophisticated songs about love, loss and life in between, is her most recent album.
Who’s in town

Actor, writer and musician Hugh Laurie performs with the Copper Bottom Band. Laurie’s latest album “Didn’t It Rain” features covers of blues songs. [8 p.m., Fillmore, 1805 Geary Blvd., S.F.]


Science symposium: The California Academy of Sciences hosts a “Hearst Symposium on Being Human and Our Evolutionary Trajectory.” Seven top anthropologists share their research. [1 p.m., 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.; RSVP: (877) 227-1831]

School food: Speakers discuss a plan to develop a strategy and a student-centered vision to reform the school food experience. [12:30 p.m., SPUR, 654 Mission St., S.F.]

Alberto Roque: The Cuba-based physician and LGBT-rights advocate, whose focus includes transgender health, speaks. [7:30 p.m., Answer Coalition, 2969 Mission St., S.F.;]

South Asian history: Local historians take part in a discussion titled “San Francisco’s Ghadar Party Heritage: 100 Years of Radical South Asian American History.” [7:30 p.m., Eric Quezada Center, 518 Valencia St., S.F.;]

Literary events

Josh Cooley: The Pixar Animation Studios story supervisor talks about “Movies R Fun!” [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Madison Young: The writer, artist, activist, sex educator and erotic-film performer talks about “Daddy.” [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Iranian cinema: Program features a screening of “A Separation,” Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama about the collapse of a marriage. [7 p.m., Pigott Hall, Building 260, Room 113, 50 Serra Mall, Stanford University, Stanford]

At the public library

Opera lecture: A musicologist from the San Francisco Opera Guild discusses the opera’s production of “Showboat” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. [Noon, Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Book club: The Mission Bay Book Club discusses “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan. [6:30 p.m., Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth St., S.F.]


Soul songstress Goapele performs at Yoshi’s. “Break of Dawn,” featuring sophisticated songs about love, loss and life in between, is her most recent album. [8 and 10 p.m., 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Local activities

Dinner party: The Roxie Theater holds its “Spring Benefit: Dinner Party 3,” a fundraiser featuring a reception, dinner and an awards presentation. Film-noir attire is welcome. [6:30 p.m., Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St., S.F.]

Comedy show: Autobiographical storytelling comedian Tommy Johnagin, seen on Comedy Central and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” opens a four-night stand-up engagement. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Lunch market: Off the Grid, which aims to bring new and old communities together via a mobile food experience, introduces a new lunch market in the South of Market area. [11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fifth and Townsend streets, S.F.]

Indie rock: Blood Red Shoes, the British indie-rock duo consisting of Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, perform material from their new, self-titled album. [9 p.m., Brick and Mortar Music Hall, 1710 Mission St., S.F.]

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