April 1: St. Stupid's Day Parade and other SF events

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Marchers in silly costumes poke fun at big money institutions in the St. Stupid’s Day Parade
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Who’s in town

Folk and pop singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells brings his “Closer Than Ever” tour to San Francisco. [8 p.m., Yoshi’s, 1330 Fillmore St., S.F.]

Lectures

Hydraulic fracking: Speakers discuss fracking for oil and natural gas, and how the practice is transforming the way the U.S. powers its economy. [Noon, Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Green urgencies: Speakers discuss how to get critical ecological messages to the masses in time to protect the environments in which we live and breathe. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Political roundtable: A panel of political journalists comments on current events, including an audience discussion and news quiz. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Brigid Barton: The art lecturer presents the first of a two-part program on impressionist painter Edgar Degas and the places he frequented. [1 p.m., Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto]

Literary events

Allison Brennan: The bestselling author talks about her new book, “Notorious: Max Revere Novels.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Recent fiction: Fiction authors Molly Antopol (“The UnAmericans”) and Anthony Marra (“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”) discuss their books. [7 p.m., Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St., S.F.]

Austin Kleon: The bestselling author, whose work emphasizes creativity in today’s world, presents a talk and a live drawing. “Show Your Work!” is his latest book. [5:30 p.m., Flax Art and Design, 1699 Market St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Hiroshima survivors: A film and discussion explore how survivors of the Hiroshima bombing discover healing through the retelling of their stories. [5:10 p.m., SFSU, J. Paul Leonard Library, Room 121, 1600 Holloway Ave., S.F.]

Jason Meadows: The visual artist, who has had numerous galleries and museum exhibitions, discusses his work. [6:30 p.m., California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St., S.F.]

At the public library

Humor exhibit: “You Don’t Say!,” an exhibit of wordless cartoons from the Schmulowitz Collection of Wit and Humor, opens on April Fools’ Day. [9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Main Library, Skylight Gallery, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Filmic foolery

“Duck Soup” (1933) screens at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, as an April Fools’ Day attraction. The Marx Brothers provide the antics. [2 p.m., 736 Mission St., S.F.]

Local activities

Opera singer: Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni appears in recital, performing songs by Beethoven, Reichardt, Brahms and Liszt. [7:30 p.m., Nourse Theater, 275 Hayes St., S.F.]

Fools march in: Marchers in silly costumes poke fun at big money institutions in the St. Stupid’s Day Parade, presented by The First Church of the Last Laugh. [Noon, Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market Street, S.F.; www.saintstupid.com]

Noontime concert: “A Somewhat Serious Recital” features tenor Michael Desnoyers and by pianist Jonathan Edward Mann in a program of works by Sondheim, Ravel, Lehrer, Korngold and Sherman. [12:30 p.m., Old St. Mary’s Cathedral, 660 California St., S.F.]

Range: The roasted chicken, served with braised artichokes, green garlic, pea tendrils and toasted levain, is a signature dish. Also look for the harissa-rubbed lamb with sausage, spiced carrots, chickpeas and Meyer-lemon relish. [842 Valencia St., S.F.; (415) 282-8283]

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