April 15: Paul Taylor Dance Company, Tax Day Sing-Off and more

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Paul Taylor Dance Company is opening its 61st season with a night of dance including 1962’s “Aureole
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Who’s in town

Journalist Rachel Swaby’s book “Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World” was inspired by a bad obituary for great scientist Yvonne Brill that mentioned her cooking, but not her accomplishments in rocket science. [7:30 p.m., Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., S.F.]

Lectures

Ghost story: Hannah Nordhaus’ “American Ghost: The True Story of a Family’s Haunted Past” seeks the truth behind the ghost of her great-great-grandmother Julia, which is rumored to haunt a New Mexico hotel. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building Plaza, S.F.]

Zero waste: Architects and home experts look at the technological advances that could someday cut the waste produced by homes to zero. [6:30 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St., S.F.]

Battle lines: Writer, cartoonist and diagram doyenne Jessica Hagy, creator of the Webby Award-winning Indexed blog, explains Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” using diagrams. [7 p.m., Books Inc., 2251 Chestnut St., S.F.]

Literary events

Cats, cats, cats: Cat-A-Palooza celebrates the Internet’s favorite animal with kitty trivia, readings about felines and more. [7 p.m., Folio Books, 3957 24th St., S.F.]

Addiction fiction: Charles Souby’s darkly funny “A Shot of Malaria” follows a young man battling his addictions in 1990s San Francisco. [7:30 p.m., Books Inc., 2275 Market St., S.F.]

At the public library

Juvenile justice: A screening of the documentary “Girl Trouble,” which follows three girls in San Francisco’s juvenile justice system, is followed by a panel discussion about at-risk youth and re-entry programs. [5:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

Middle Eastern hip-hop: Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum speaks about his life and his music, including several songs about the Arab Spring. [6:30 p.m., Latino/Hispanic Room, Main Library, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

At the colleges

Race and justice: Political activist Angela Davis discusses racism and the criminal justice system. [7 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium, Stanford University, 641 Knight Way, Stanford]

Local activities

Floral exhibit: Floral designers create works inspired by the de Young Museum’s collections in “Bouquets to Art,” an exhibit benefiting the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. [9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m., de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Career fair: The LGBTQ Career Fair brings together job-seekers of all skill levels with LGBT-friendly employers, including Apple, UC San Francisco and more. [Noon-3 p.m., LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., S.F.; advance registration encouraged at springlgbt2015.eventbrite.com]

Tax Day Sing-Off: Lessen the sting of Tax Day by scoring a free hamburger in exchange for belting out a song at the Hard Rock Cafe. [5-10 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe, Pier 39, S.F.]

Dance program: Paul Taylor Dance Company is opening its 61st season with a night of dance including 1962’s “Aureole,” which uses music by Handel. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater, 700 Howard St., S.F.]

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