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April 12-13: Lindi Ortega, Cowspiracy, Christie’s art preview, Elizabeth Crane, Megan Slankard, Jack Ü, Laura Tillman

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Canadian country crooner Lindi Ortega headlines at the Great American Music Hall. (Courtesy photo)
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TUESDAY, APRIL 12

Lindi Ortega: “Faded Gloryville” is the latest album from the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter, now based in Nashville, who headlines a concert with The Walcotts, an Americana group from Los Angeles, [8 p.m., Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.]

Poetry & Jazz series: The San Francisco Beat Museum and Top of the Marks’s Tuesday evening showcase hosts the wordWind Chorus, featuring voice, poetry and saxophone by q.r. hand, jr., Lewis Jordan and Brian Auerbach. [6:30 p.m., InterContinental Mark Hopkins, 1 Nob Hill, S.F.]

Cowspiracy-Revelation or Cheap Trick: Environmentalist Kip Andersen, who made the film “Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret,” and Nicolette Hahn Niman, lawyer, rancher and author of “Defending Beef,” address whether or not cows are an environmental threat. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Christie’s preview: The fine art purveyor showcases highlights from its New York auctions, including contemporary works by Alexander Calder, Sam Francis, Georgia O’Keeffe, Willem de Kooning and Wayne Thiebaud. [11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Minnesota Street Project, 1275 Minnesota St., S.F.]

Elizabeth Crane: The writer discusses “The History of Great Things,” her novel described as a “witty and irresistible story of a mother and daughter regarding each other through the looking glass of time, grief, and forgiveness.” [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Megan Slankard: The San Francisco alt-rocker says her new album “has a healthy mix of stories about the end of the world, bank robberies, prison escapes, failed relationships, and other adventures.” [8 p.m., Doc’s Lab, 124 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jack Ü: The popular American DJ duo (aka Skrillex and Diplo) opens a two-night engagement. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

Laura Tillman: The journalist talks about “The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts: Murder and Memory in an American City,” an account from Texas about what transpired in a community after a couple murdered their three young children in a rundown apartment building. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13

The Sum Total of Our Memory: Subtitled “Facing Alzheimer’s Together,” the hour-long documentary about three couples facing Alzheimer’s screens, accompanied by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Barbara Klutinis. [6:30 p.m., North Beach branch library, 850 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Jewelle Gomez: The author celebrates the 25th anniversary edition of “The Gilda Stories,” which describe the adventures of a black lesbian vampire who began life as a slave. [7 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Ave., S.F.]

Makana: Called “Bob Dylan with a laptop” by one critic, the slack key guitar great from Hawaii (and singer and composer) headlines a show with Hawaiian vocalist Paula Fuga. [8 p.m., Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St., Berkeley]

Aaron Shurin: The University of San Francisco professor emeritus discusses “The Skin of Meaning: Collected Literary Essays and Talks,” a compilation of 30 years of provocative writing informed by gender and queer studies and radical traditions in poetry, [7 p.m., Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market St., S.F.]

Laju Choudhury: The celebrity yoga instructor and brand ambassador of Bikram Yoga hosts a 90-minute seminar. [3:45 p.m., Bikram Hot Yoga, Westlake Center Mall, 203 Southgate Ave., Daly City]

Michael Puett: The Harvard scholar and author of “What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life” shares why teachings developed more than 2,000 years ago still apply today in a Commonwealth Club-sponsored talk. [7 p.m., Cubberley Theatre, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto]

Golden State Waters: The Bay Institute’s two-day “action summit” addresses the protection and management of waters where San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. [3:30 p.m., aboard San Francisco Belle, Hornblower Cruises, Pier 3, S.F.; www.thebayinstitute.org]

Shakespeare Mashup: The performance of six short plays about the Bard benefits the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. [7:30 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

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